You gotta love the artwork on this album, it’s like the sculpture is looking down on you with some sort of disapproval. Caelestia comes from Greece and Thanatopsis is their second full-length album. Started originally as a alternative / gothic band somewhere in 2012 and slowly moved towards extreme symphonic metal.
EMP / SPV released the album in December 2017 and the extreme metal bursts out of the speakers right after the intro. With the track Initium Vitae Et Mortis the band has chosen the right song to start the album with, it has all the elements that Caelestia are capable of, extreme symphonic metal is the right description for Caelestia. Moving further with the title track Thanatopsis which comes close to something like a fusion between epic metal and death metal. Love the guitar sound here.
Dimitra Vintsou takes care of the clean female vocals and Nikos Palivos of the growling, together they provide on Thanatopsis diversity and the diversity exists of anger and romance. Dimitra switches easily between normal voice and operatic style and Nikos, well he sounds angry all the time and I mean this in a good way.
For the song Martyrs the band used Jason Bittner from Overkill and Shadows Fall on drums and the funny thing is that it can be heard, his technique is different from Socratis Panagouleas who does all the other drums on Thanatopsis.
Conclusion, a great album for people who like their symphonic metal served with death metal.
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