Our opinion on Caelestia’s ‘Arises Beneath the Abyss’
A unique breed and blending of multi-genre metal comes from Athens in the four man, one woman Greek hybrid Caelestia. Beneath Abyss is a collection of musical incantations and styles constantly changed and mixed to the point of an audio labyrinth. Blending early thrash with symphonic lore, black metal elements and Nightwish meets Sirenia influence. Dimitra Vintsou’s voice adds a seductive pleading to the music as the mind is catapulted stylistically from Norway, to Sweden, to Finland back to Greece.
They capture a unique balance between an entrancing, revolving mix of styles sinister and soothing to the ear. Vintsou weaves folk style with a fairytale delivery spinning audible webs hypnotic and haunting between the often gruff delivery of Nikos Palivos.
Beneath Abyss contains 10 songs with several special guests including Bjorn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork and Sodom’s Markus Freiwald. Fellow countrymen Andrew Geo (AlterSelf), Kostas Savvidis of SOULSKINNER and formally NIGHTFALL and Nick Yngve (W.E.B.) also contributed to the Abyss.
The mysterious chanting of “Malleus Maleficarum (The Secret Cult)” starts out with its ethereal voice and mystic sounds introducing old-school thrash with subtle hints of symphonic angels. Early Testament mixed with symphonic sound and black metal alchemic elements.
The winds howl with human souls on “Gate of Shadows” as riffs go from rock to black metal.
“The Grand Sublimation” has a Celtic voice; acoustic strings and subtle, foreboding electricity with chilling sirens where severity meets serenity.
The symphonic depths of “Beneath Abyss” return with corpse painted lips and the angelic voice of salvation. Fast beats, haunting keyboards summon spirits from the earth with Cradle of Filth done Vader death metal style.
“Blessing of Tragedy” brings an angrier Hatebreed hardcore style with a suit of armor. Blast beat death speed metal makes its first appearance on “Mi Ultima Vista’s.” The guitars on “Secret Life” maul and grind with dark growls of deathcore as Opeth meets Slayer. “Silent Despair’s” bombastic ceremonial horns sound off with dramatic strings.
An impressive debut, not perfect, but they achieve the sound and atmosphere they are striving for.