Monde Celeste are a band from Sweden that plays a mixture of lo-fi, post black metal and shoegaze and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "Nocturnal Spirits, Haunting Walls".
"I" starts off with drum beats and slow post black metal riffs which leads to some quiet black metal vocals which get louder as the song moves on mixing in some melodic guitar leads
along with some clean singing and spoken word parts and the song closes with some shoegaze elements being added in.
"II" starts off with drum programming and clean playing from the guitars which sets up the mood for some clean singing vocals while also adding in guitar riffs that combine black metal, lo-fi and shoegaze along with black metal screams and melodic post rock guitar leads while still retaining the softer elements.
"III" starts off with some gothic/post rock sounding synths and drum programming before the black metal riffs and screams make their way in the song as well as the melodic guitar leads for a few moments before reverting back to the softer and atmospheric sounds.
"Iv" starts off with drum programming and clean post rock guitar playing along with clean singing shoegaze vocals which leads to the heavier riffing and depressive black metal screams before going into a more distorted but clean direction as well as maintaining the screams and mixing in melodic guitar solos.
"V" starts off with drum machines, post rock synths and strong bass lines until the slow, heavy guitar riffs and screams make their way into the song as well as the melodic and atmospheric sounding guitar solo which leads to some clean singing.
"VI" starts off programmed beats, post rock style guitar riffs with clean elements in the background before going into a heavier direction and adding in depressive sounding growls, screams and cries along with melodic guitar leads while still retaining the clean ambient elements.
"VII" starts off with programmed beats and post metal guitar riffs which lead to the depressive black metal vocals and as the song moves in the clean parts and melodic guitar leads make their way into the song .
"VII" starts of with the programmed beats, shoegaze riffing and clean singing along with melodic post rock guitar leads which speed the song up to a more mid paced direction while still slowing down at times and around the 3 minute mark the song is silent for a few seconds before the music makes it's return.
"IX" starts off with the programmed beats, shoegaze style riffs and clean singing befoe mixing in some melodic post rock guitar parts and the song does not have much of a change in the way of pace.
Song lyrics on the album cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, dark and lo-fi sound for being a self released recording.
In my opinion Monde Celeste are a very great sounding hybrid of post black metal, lo-fi and shoegaze and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I" "IV" and "VI". RECOMMENDED BUY.