Celeste
Pessimiste(s)


3.5
great

Review

by Fort23 USER (29 Reviews)
November 20th, 2007 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Coming out of the long line of French screamo bands, Celeste formed out of ex-members of the defunct Mihai Edrisch. Their debut work is this single twelve-inch Ep, Pessimiste(s).

Celeste is definitely similar to fellow Euro screamo bands in the sense of their vocal delivery. Deep, and almost metallic, Johan's vocals almost seem unhuman at times-not in the machine like way, but in the heavily emotional sense.

But instrumentally speaking, I find more similarity toward American screamo band Orchid, in the form of their simply played, but overall very dramatic guitar playing. Guillaume's playing, along with the tight drumming, easily transists from fast to slow paced tempos whenever needed. It seems to be a simple tool to fix their way around climaxes and crescendos, and with the simple addition of finger picking passages in the middle of a song, it offers just enough variation for five tracks.

The overall feel of the record is of a very deep recording. Everything feels just enough echoed to create such an eerie vibe, but without much help from the bass which is a bit of a disappointment. In fact it's hardly audible. The constant slow riff in Diluons Nos Souvenirs D'enfance, could easily be accompanied by a deep bass, but instead gives full responsibility to Guillaume's guitar playing. Following this mostly slow tempo song is the fast paced drumming of D'abysse En Abysse, the slightly higher pitched guitar work, and Johan's more frantic and higher pitched delivery. The tempo change between songs is extremely effective in giving the short record enough variation for comfort-something a lot of bands can't seem to pin down.

Celeste doesn’t seem to be expanding upon untouched territory on their debut record, that's for sure. But the amount of emotion that's presented in their performance, not to mention the overall tight (if sometimes boring) work that ties it all together, proves a solid foundation for progression.



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lunchforthesky
November 20th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice short review.

I feel the same way, this is just okay. I have a review of their new album Nihiliste in the pipeline.

I think you should read back your reviews more because,

"Celeste is similar to some of the euro screamo bands in their guttural, and deep vocal delivery. Singer Johan's vocals are so guttural, that they sound almost un-human at times, but not in the machine like away; more so in the way that they’re so extremely emotional, yet so extremely guttural at the same exact time, that they sound like some kind of trapped bear let lose out of its cage."

Is a really awkward paragraph. Guttural is a decent word choice but it's an uncommon word and sounds strange when used in such close proximity.

Other than that's your reviewing is improving and I know your young so can't be expected to review at the standard of being doing journalism and English degrees etc..

Keep up the good work.


Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their new record is still pretty eh.

Fort23
November 20th 2007


2475 Comments


thanks, that was the one paragraph I was stuck on while writing this.

lunchforthesky
November 20th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their new record is great.

3.5/4 material.

Tyler
Emeritus
November 20th 2007


7926 Comments


Using "guttural" is normal, just not in respect to this album because his vocals aren't guttural at all.

lunchforthesky
November 20th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've discovered John is just wrong everything except CTTS.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah dude the new stuff really isn't all that amazing.

Fort23
November 20th 2007


2475 Comments


haven't heard it yet, probably will tomorrow.

astrel
November 21st 2007


2614 Comments


So this is a step down from Mihai Edrisch?

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

cbmartinez
November 21st 2007


2525 Comments


Nihiliste(s) is awesome, this sounds good.



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