Celestial Rite are a band from Greece that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 ep "Bearer Of Dawn" which was released in 2014 by Old Graves Productions.
Gregorian chanting, thunder and rain sounds along with a ritualistic starts off the ep and after the intro the music starts going for more of a raw and old school Greek black metal sound along with some deep screams while they also get very grim and high pitched at times and after awhile the music starts incorporating more atmospheric sounds.
Acoustic guitars are added into the music briefly on one of the tracks before making a return to a heavier direction which also shows the music incorporating more melody and the whispers that are utilized briefly enhances the evil atmosphere of the bands musical style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the ep progresses synths can be heard at times along with the bass guitars having more of a powerful presence and the ep closes with a cover of Varathron's "Unholy Funeral".
Celestial Rite plays a style of occult Greek black metal that is very old school and has a very vintage feeling along with the songs sounding like they could of easily been recorded and released in the 90's, the production has a very raw and old school sound while the lyrics cover Lovecraft, occultism, Left Hand Path, Satanism and Pagan Religions.
In my opinion Celestial Rite are a very great sounding old school Greek occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rites Of The Sea God" and "Into The Gorge". 8/5 out of 10.