•  Wolves in the Throne Room Deliver the Calm, Skip the Storm, on 'Celestite'

    Wolves in the Throne Room Deliver the Calm, Skip the Storm, on 'Celestite'

    Wolves in the Throne Room's last full-length, 2011's Celestial Lineage, was a marvel of black metal signifiers mixed with some seriously beautiful touches calmly flowing underneath the clamor: Unrelenting double kick-drums and larynx-threatening vocals were intercut with Cocteau Twins-like guitar chords and the low hum of brass instruments and synth drones.For their follow up, the Olympia Washington-based band—led by brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver—bring those below-the-surface elements to the forefront. As a result, Celestite calls to mind the moody soundtrack music of composer/director John Carpenter or Tangerine Dream rather than fellow metal dreamscapers like Altar of Plagues or Summoning.What is potentially surprising about these five tracks is how much they move even as they appear to be sitting still.

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    Modest Mouse Talk Grandmas, Cats in Portland

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