|Review: Caelestia - Beneath Abyss|
Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 17, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Women are more and more involved with Metal bands, mostly as vocalists, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this trend. Metal music belongs to women as much it belongs to men. The only thing, however, is that men do it slightly better and this has nothing to do with any kind of chauvinism, believe me.
Caelestia’s line-up features female singer Dimitra Vintsou who creates a whole new, softer dimension for the band’s progressive Death Metal. She has a great, almost siren-like voice and creates a nice contrast to Nikos Pavilos’ demonic death grunts. I am not quite sure whether I like this vocal combination because, as I said earlier, it has become a trendy thing nowadays. I do know for sure that I don’t like Bjorn "Speed" Strid’s (Soilwork) guest vocals on the track "Blessing of Tragedy" at all. He pretty much ruins the whole song for me. And speaking of guests, the album also features appearances by many Greek musicians such as drummers Kostas Savvidis (ex-Nightfall) and Nick Yngve (W.E.B.) as well as vocalist Andrew Geo (Alter Self) and last, but not least, drummer Markus Freiwald from German Thrash Metal meisters Sodom (on the track "Secret Rite").
Caelestia have a multi-layered sound in which one can find tiny bits and pieces from Gothic, Black, Symphonic and even Thrash Metal. You can hear the band’s musical ambition in all facets of Beneath Abyss and I would not be surprised if Caelestia became the next big thing from the Greek Metal scene some day. It’s easy to predict success for Caelestia based on their style but then again, they really don’t bring us anything new, groundbreaking or extraordinary either.
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