Celestial Grave are a duo from Finland that plays a very modern and aggressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Secular Flesh" which will be released in July by Iron Bonehead Productions.
Distorted soundscapes start off the album while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length and spoken word samples can also be heard briefly. After the music goes into a heavier direction grim black metal screams are also added onto the recording and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some dissonant structures also being utilized at times.
At times the music also gets very ritualistic and atmospheric sounding while the guitar leads are done in a very distorted style when they are utilized. Some of the vocals also bring in a depressive edge to the music as well as the riffs also using more melody as the album progresses. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark, melancholic and occult themes.
In my opinion Celestial Grave are a very great sounding modern and aggressive black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Secular Flesh" and "Calamitous Love". 8 out of 10.