Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wolves In The Throne Room - "Celestial Lineage" (2011)


Year: 2011
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:

  1. Thuja Magus Imperium
  2. Permanent Changes in Consciousness
  3. Subterranean Imitation
  4. Rainbow Illness
  5. Woodland Cathedral
  6. Astral Blood
  7. Prayer of Transformation


Here comes the latest release from a band which greatly influenced the whole RABM movement... but now they got a lot of accusations of being too popular and "hip". Personally I don't see it as any big problem (after all, they're not Insect Warfare, who decided to split up after becoming "too popular" well, maybe it was only rumours...). However, I didn't like "Celestial Lineage" as much as their earlier works. Yes, there are really killer songs like "Subterranean Imitation", a lot of female vocals and ambient parts, but the whole album is somewhat weak, especially in comparison with their first two ones.

(But then again, it's nowhere near as disappointing as the latest LP by Amebix, "Sonic Mass"... Yes, I liked "Knights Of The Black Sun" and "Here Comes The Wolf", but the rest of the album turned out to be very uninteresting. I expected much more from such band as Amebix...)


  1. Not only is your jab at Insect Warfare partially untrue (there were reasons beyond being "too popular"--if that was ever even a given reasons--that led to their breakup), but you should probably avoid politicking around WITTR, who recently came out in support of eco-fascism. ("Though painful to contemplate, an eco-fascist state, brought into being through a cruel transformation, might be our only hope to bring humanity into balance with cosmic and ecological realities.")

  2. Well, maybe I was misinformed about Insect Warfare, but that quote from WITTR is clearly taken out of context.
    http://www.southernlord.com/press/wolvesinthethroneroom/interview.php - they talk about P.Linkkola (whose philosophy is indeed close to eco-fascism), but they don't completely agree with him, they only share the same feelings of "apocalyptic misanthropy and bitterness that is a natural response to living in this age". For me it's quite clear that they're generally apolitical, but still environmentalist and definitely not nationalists or fascists:

    "I have no interest in philosophy and no interest in participating in grand political programs, whether their genitive impulse rises from, what we traditionally label, the right or left. I no longer have any grand notions about social structures or whatnot. I don’t believe that anyone can alter the forces of destiny... Our music is a reflection of this melancholy state of mind; we do not glorify filth and depravity and the base things nor are we filled with hubris for our glorious European heritage...
    For us music should function on a level deeper than that of politics. If humanity is to lift itself out of the gutter, deep spiritual transformation will be required – very soon. This or that political program is rather beside the point..."
    "I’m sure you have heard about the prosecution of alleged “eco-terrorists” here in Cascadia... I should mention that I have nothing but admiration for those who have taken action in defense of nature’s beauty"

    1. I have known Nathan during my time in Olympia since '05 and I assure you that he is vehemently against and intolerant of fascism. It's a small town,and fascism does not hold up in Olympia without a fight.

    2. Also, they are some of the nicest, most humble dudes I know.

  3. they are on anarchist side

    and always will be

    1. thanks Black_Kronstadt for setting the record straight. who ever thought WITTR were fascists really needs to get their head checked

  4. great post, great band, I love cascadian black metal, green anarchism forever!!!!