Three years on from the release of Wolves in the Throne Room's Celestial Lineage, the Pacific Northwest brother duo have announced they're set to explore the outer reaches of black metal with a drum- and guitar-scrubbing instrumental companion piece called Celestite.
An exact due date has yet to be determined, but the band confirmed in a press release that the recording sessions for their fifth full-length have been completed, and that the LP will arrive through their own newly formed Diadem Records. Wolves in the Throne Room's last few full-lengths had arrived through Southern Lord.
Inspired by some of the subtler moments of Celestial Lineage, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver are said to have taken a more "ethereal approach" on their latest song cycle. Gone, apparently, are the vicious drum blasts, distorted riff slinging and ear-piercing ambient shrieks that marked past albums, with the act instead putting the focus on synths, as well as more organic acoustic instrumentation and "Eno-inspired analog processing."
"To make Celestite, we delved into the subterranean sonics that are buried in the mix of Celestial Lineage," the outfit added in a statement. "We isolated them, processed them and took this unearthed soundscape as our starting point. Upon this base we recorded an entirely new album. Some melodies from Celestial Lineage are recognizable, but these familiar sounds appear as ghosts, barely tethered to the original compositions. This new album is an unorthodox foray; a fully instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage."
Recordings took place with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth) at Seattle's Avast studios, as well as at the Weaver's own Owl Lodge studio in nearby Olympia. In addition to the vintage synth work laid down by the brothers, the record features Josiah Boothby on French horn, Sunn O))) collaborator Steve Moore on trombone, and flautists Mara Winter and Veronica Dye.
While Wolves in the Throne Room are moving in a different direction for Celestite, the band note that they have "not permanently abandoned the guitar and drums," adding that "We sense that one day — perhaps sooner, perhaps later — we will be inspired to return to our stacks of amplifiers and cabinets to create new music."
Tracklisting info, cover art and the official due date of Celestite are expected to drop in the near future.