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Celestial Grave - Secular Flesh

by Iron Bonehead Productions

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JacobButcher Rugged, evocative chanting, distinctive grunting, high-pitched screams and guitars playing forward make for a good album, but not yet a masterpiece. Luckily Celestial Grave have also mastered the songwriting and deliver four songs, each of which cascades towards one or the other climax that never misses the mark. This is definitely one of the year´s highlights for me. Favorite track: Gasping from Lips of Night.
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Philippe Masse great album automatic buy for me! Favorite track: Lamentation.
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Tom_Cruise666 Unbelievable release,didn't click immediately like the demo did, but after a few spins it's grown into one of my favourite releases. All 4 tracks are astounding but the closer Calamitous Love is something else, intensely vicious and excruciatingly beautiful all at the same time. Sounds like two lovers being burned alive. Favorite track: Calamitous Love.
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PannionSeer Like a ghost retelling yet again the fevered lament of their demise, this is ethereal and spectral music, with haunting melodies and a reverence for ancient horrors. Favorite track: Gasping from Lips of Night.
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Lamentation 06:05


IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS is proud to present CELESTIAL GRAVE's highly anticipated debut album, Secular Flesh, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

Hideous and haunting, CELESTIAL GRAVE arrive in a league utterly their own. In 2016, they released their debut demo, Burial Ground Trance, via IRON BONEHEAD. While that demo portrayed the band firmly in line with their filthy Finnish brethren, it breathed a certain deliriously melancholic aspect that pointed toward greater things to come. Alas, even greater things came a year later with the two-song Pvtrefactio EP, again via IRON BONEHEAD: still purely and unapologetically BLACK METAL, here the duo seethed with an incensed intensity that illuminated even the dankest crypt.

Seemingly brought from the beyond, without seeking salvation or enlightenment, CELESTIAL GRAVE bury themselves even deeper into the heart of abyss with their long-awaited debut album, Secular Flesh. Both emblematic of their sound to date and striking upon even bolder expressions of it, the 32-minute Secular Flesh comprises four equally epic, deliriously enveloping songs that draw the listener into CELESTIAL GRAVE's unique world and refuse to relent. Madness and melody are writ large across this Secular Flesh, moving with portentous passion and a certain frayed-ends-of-sanity mesmerism; the production is suitably murky yet clear, densely layered yet seemingly bare-bones. In that, above all, Secular Flesh conveys a mysteriousness that's extremely difficult to achieve in black metal in 2019, all while laying their souls wide open. Or, simply, that CELESTIAL GRAVE have achieved an elevated state of songwriting that puts the band in a class populated by precious few nowadays.

Hark, for CELESTIAL GRAVE hereby offer the path of Secular Flesh...how thick is your skin?


released May 25, 2019


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