Celestial Lineage was written and recorded over the course of the first six months of 2011. The Weaver brothers worked with Producer/mystic Randall Dunn (Earth, Boris, SUNN 0))), Cave Singers, Bjork/Omar Souleyman), with whom the band has developed a close relationship since their first collaboration on 2007’s Two Hunters. 3 songs are bejeweled by Jessika Kenney’s liturgical choir and solo voice. Aaron Turner (ISIS) also contributes orations to the maelstrom.
The band has said that It is the final record in a trilogy that began with Two Hunters. Syncronistically, It is also the last record that will be recorded at Randall Dunn’s storied Aleph studio, which has been the birthplace of scores of groundbreaking records over the past 10 years.
For this release, the band enlisted photographer Allison Scarpulla to create dimension-bending images in the Olympic mountains and around the band's Olympia stronghold. In keeping with WITTR's aesthetic, Scarpulla relies on unorthodox analog techniques.
released 13 September 2011
Wolves in the Throne Room are:
Nathan Weaver: Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizer, Broken Mellotron, Field Recordings.
Aaron Weaver: Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Korg Polysix, Korg Mono/Poly, Field recordings.
Produced by Randall Dunn and Wolves in the Throne Room.
Basic tracking recorded at Avast studios by Randall Dunn.
Additional recording by Randall Dunn at Aleph, Schism and the Owl Lodge.
Mixed at Avast and Sinister Kitchen by Randall Dunn.
Mastered by Mell Dettmer at Avast.
Melodic vocal performance and arrangement on "Thuja Magus Imperium" by Jessika Kenney.
Choral vocal performance, arrangement and lyrics on "Woodland Cathedral" by Jessika Kenney.
Black Acid Solo on "Thuja Magus Imperium" by Milky Burgess.
Percussion on "Prayer of Transformation" performed by Phil Petrocelli
Uprooting String Arrangement on "Subterranean Initiation" by Timb Harris.
Grand Harp on "Astral Blood" by Zeynep Oyku Yilmaz.
Chant on "Permanent Changes in Consciousness" and "Subterranean Initiation" performed by Aaron Turner.
Additional chant on "Subterranean Initiation" by Faith Coloccia.
Physic Eruptions of Leprosy Synthesizer, Forgotten Mellotron, Ritual Percussion and Prepared Guitar by Randall Dunn.
Photographs produced by Alison Scarpulla.
Photography concepts created by Alison Scarpulla, Stephen Rudolph and Wolves in the Throne Room.
Art direction by Wolves in the Throne Room and Alison Scarpula.
Design by Aaron Turner and Faith Coloccia.