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Celestial Crown
The Embraced

CELESTIAL CROWN
THE EMBRACED 52:05
DOOM RECORDS – SELFRELEASE / ESTONIA-IMPORT

“The Embraced” is the title of the first album of the Estonians from Celestial Crown. Okay, there has been a demo named „Invasion Of Suicidal Angels", which was later (re)released as a split-CD by mexican label Divenia Records, but „The Embraced" has been the first official album and was released in 2002 by the meanwhile bankrupt Doom Records. The five-piece mixes Doom, Dark, Gothic and Black Metal and creates their own small musical corner. Nevertheless the mostly very good ideas are not converted perfectly all the time. A lot of the songs follow the same pattern, speaking of its structures. Starting with calm, athmospherical keyboards on which are put some dark, deep, kind of spoken words by vocalist Denis. Sometimes the keyboards are supported by a minimal drumming. Later vocals turn into deep grunts or even Black Metal-screams only to come back to spoken words-passages again. Inbetween there are also some gothic-inspired parts, which are mainly focused on female vocals by Diana. All in all the combination of slow, atmospherical Doom parts and symphonical Black Metal with harsh vocals and the support by female vocals for the gothic attitude is not bad. Some passages (for example in „Nocturnal Insanity“) even remind of older Cradle Of Filth. But like said before the structure of some of the songs („Your Touch“, „Dark Dance“ oder „From Dance To Fall“) follow the same path and this makes it foreseeable. Unfortunately you have to scrape off with the sound also. For example you have to take a look at the homepage (www.celestialcrown.com) to know for sure that the Estonians have a bass-player too and also the drums could have need a bit more pressure. Listen to the very atmospherical „Return To The Haunted Shores" which sums up all aspects of Celestial Crowns songwriting. A great track! Despite all critics Celestial Crown has well earned six points. Not bad for a beginning. You can order "The Embraced" through the band: devol@celestialcrown.pri.ee
6/10

Author: Stephen Becker
Zine: Oblivion Zine
www.obliveon.de

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