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Review: Celestia - Frigidiis Apotheosia: Abstinencia Genesiis
Frigidiis Apotheosia: Abstinencia Genesiis

Label: Paragon Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 44:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Frigidiis Apotheosia: Abstinencia Genesiis

Rated 2.86/5 (57.14%) (7 Votes)

This is the much-anticipated second proper album for French underground legends Celestia, who have released a shitload of splits and demos, but only two proper albums. Quite a coup for Paragon records to snag as highly-regarded a release as this one.

Celestia play a generally slower, more moody breed of Black Metal, akin to depressive acts like Forgotten Tomb or Shining without slipping completely over the edge. A lot of the guitar work on here is quite good, with chromatic riffing that shows a lot of depth and melody. Keys are used sparsely, and don't obtrude. The songwriting here is pretty damned good, but it could stand to be tightened up a little, as a lot of these compositions seem to go on too long. If I have one real complaint, it's that the vocals are a very one-dimensional screech, and are nowhere near as emotive or expressive as the music.

If you are expecting an epochal release, then you will likely be disappointed. But this is a good, solid album of bleak Black Metal deeply in the French school, and just because it's not a masterwork doesn't mean it's not cool.

Track Listing:
  1. She's Dead (Valse Funeste de Decomposition)
  2. A Plaintive Cry Merely Echo
  3. Admirable Eros Abstraction
  4. A Regrettable Misinterpretation of Mournfulness
  5. Death of the Lizard Queen (Necro Phaanthasma)
  6. Morbid Romance (Arcana VI Revisitae)
  7. The Seed of Negation (Abnegativia Rejections)
  8. Frigidiis Apotheosia (Dormant rests of Raped Necrosia)
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