Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celeste - Misanthrope(s)

Artist: Celeste 
Album: Misanthrope(s) 
Label: Trendkill Recordings, Denovali
Year: 2009


01. Que Des Yeux Vides Et Seches
02. Comme Pour Leurrer Les Regards Et Cette Odeur De Cadavre
03. Toucher Ce Vide Beant Attise Ma Fascination
04. La Gorge Ouverte Decharnee
05. Il Y Aura Des Femmes A Remercier Et De La Chair A Embroche
06. Mais Quel Plaisir De Voir Cette Tete D'Enfant Rougir Et Sue
07. Une Insomnie Avec Qui Tout Le Monde Voudrait Baiser
08. A Defaut De Te Jeter Sur Ta Progeniture
09. ...Anesthesie Vos Membres Dans Une Orgie D'Enthousiasme


Celeste are a ***ing heavy band. Whatever genre you put them in, post-hardcore, screamo, metal, their atmosphere is completely and utterly choking, almost unbearably so, the sound is dirty and raw and the vocals are raging and spat out with aggression. It's not about being fast, it's about being gruelling, utterly relentless and enraged. After listening to Celeste for the fifty minutes that 'Misanthrope(s)' lasts, you'll probably have choked to death on its gory and insipid atmosphere, and you know what? Celeste will love it, they'll watch you choke and just plod along to the next victim. You can tell that Celeste just love being dirty.

If you hadn't guessed already, Misanthrope(s) is anything but an accessible album. It might take you several listens to really soak in the disgusting and corrosive music that they play, but once you have, there's almost a filthy level of enjoyment you can get out of the release. While song's often linger around mid-tempo, there's a lot of enjoyment to be had from the varied riffs of the guitarists, who can spit out dense and metallic riffs, or pound forward with hardcore style aggression. The vocals are literally spat out with intensity, sitting somewhere between a a black metal rasp and a more typical hardcore roar, the fact that everything is french only adds to the mystery of the release.

As an entity, Misanthrope(s) is as dense and malicious as albums come. Post-hardcore and black metal aren't usually two genres that you'd imagine together, but between the varied riffs and raspy screamed vocals there is something here that comes close and its nastier than you'd ever imagine. For the light hearted, it might be just a little too much, Celeste simply refuse to let up throughout the near hour long length of Misanthrope(s), but for those who enjoy it rough, raw and dirty then this is definitely something you should at least taste. Just don't come crying to me if that taste is sour.

 -by Crimson @

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