Celeste
Morte(s) Nee(s)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2010 | 76 replies | 17,907 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Celeste continue in the tradition of dissonance, as Morte(s) Nee(s) can best be compared to drowning away in a shallow, dirty puddle.

14 of 14 thought this review was well written

France’s Celeste have been busy in the business of uneasy tension. Their third full-length in 3 years, Morte(s) Nee(s) continues in the tried-and-true-tradition of harsh, melancholic, and brooding. In 2010, Celeste reveals themselves to be more than simply a mirror of their French screamo counterparts Sed Non Satiata or Amanda Woodward. A tinge of black metal can certainly be felt here or there, yet Celeste are really a screamo band at heart- and they fully embrace that side on Morte(s) Nee(s). Heavy and dissonant, Celeste craft a distinct aesthetic that's sure to turn away many. The brooding atmosphere gets tiring, sure, but it never feels redundant or overused throughout the album’s 42-minutes.

Morte(s) Nee(s) spans from some more sparse sections, like “(S),” to the freakishly-full sections where the vocals explode from your listening device. The heavier aspects are much more concentrated. Whilst the fuzzy, over-saturated guitars wail on uncomfortably loud, unaccustomed ears are bound to shiver away in repulsion. Until the vocals are described, though, justice can’t be truly done in describing the sheer bleakness of Morte(s) Nee(s). Rather than using softer moments at times to accentuate the heavier parts, a tactic many screamo bands live by, Celeste refrains from any sort of let-up in intensity. Melody is ditched for dissonance, and those moments that would grant a softer reprieve are almost entirely brushed aside in favor of relentless screaming.

In effect, all of Morte(s) Nee(s) feels rather corrosive and dirty, as perfectly displayed by the raw fervor that the vocals thrive on. The pace isn’t what grants the intensity; Morte(s) Nee(s) is more mid-tempo than it is thrashing and flailing. This aspect itself adds to the calculatedly disgusting, almost sinister, overarching atmosphere of the album. Celeste may not blow you away with their technicality -- the instrumentation on Morte(s) Nee(s) feels a little underdeveloped, especially with respect to its percussion. On the other hand, Celeste are sure to send a shiver down your spine with the utter despair and emotion, like the feeling of drowning in a shallow, dirty puddle.



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SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


anybody care to comment on the review? I've been told I'm not good at doing heavy releases, tried to be conscious of that and make some changes for this one. ALSO...


this can be d/l or streamed for free, uploaded by the band, here:

http://www.denovali.com/celeste/

SowingSeason
Emeritus
April 2nd 2010



14506 Comments


shorter than your normal reviews, but still pretty descriptive, pos'd. i may give this a chance

Ponton
Emeritus
April 2nd 2010



5775 Comments


I enjoyed the review a lot ;) However, watch out for subject-verb agreement



Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


thanks! just curious though... is a band singular or plural??

edit: just saw the rest haha

Zoo
April 2nd 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A band is a collective noun so it should be singular.

Cool review, this album rules.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 2nd 2010



5775 Comments


No prob, and ill remove that crit now tha you've seen it.

I usually just use plural. Its hard to catch sometimes though. Dave said it can typicaly go either way, but being consistent is the important thing

Relinquished
April 2nd 2010



22318 Comments


Good album. Better than Misanthrope(s).

Zoo
April 2nd 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would agree which is why I'm currently struggling with dropping my rating to a 3.5 for their last release.

SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


album cover is so cool for some reason too, I wanted to mention it but didn't

jesusjuice1179
April 2nd 2010



1784 Comments


hmmm...emo and black metal eh? sounds like i'll be cutting myself ten minutes into this album

TRMshadow
April 2nd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great Review pos'd. only thing you missed is there is a misplaced A in the first word of a sentence half-way down the 2nd paragraph.

Glad someone reviewed this. Such a consistently solid band

SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


Ah thanks TRM, that's what I get for not proofreading

Ponton
Emeritus
April 2nd 2010



5775 Comments


yeah did a google haha and its plural, especially since you use "their" in relation to the band.

Not trying to be a jerk by the way, but these problems screwed me up too haha

kitsch
April 2nd 2010



5105 Comments


from yr description of the vocals this sounds like this is done right.

SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


haha no thanks : ) did a pluralizing edit, pretty sure I got all of them and caught a mistake in the process

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2010



8221 Comments


posting in a SeaAnemone review

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

TRMshadow
April 2nd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's the new trolling in an Attack Attack! Review

Zoo
April 2nd 2010



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I googled it too. Apparently, it's not 100% correct either way. If you're talking about the group as a whole, single entity, it's singular because whatever they are or whatever they are doing, that are or are doing it as a group and cannot, otherwise, be it or do it individually. Possession is entirely another story (one that I'm not sure I even understand now).

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/singular_plural.htm

SeaAnemone
April 2nd 2010



18762 Comments


haha I'm all for professionality when possible but that sounds like a bit too much, I just treated it as always plural

Waior
April 2nd 2010



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Misantrope(s) was soooo good, I'm really excited to hear this.

I like the brevity, Nenemonene.



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