Celestial Swarm
Gateways to the Necroverse


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (349 Reviews)
January 13th, 2021 | 47 replies


Release Date: 01/04/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let’s talk about seafood for a second here…

After the year that was 2020, it could be said that I feel like entering this year quite tentatively. That’s not to say I was afraid of anything this year might offer me, but considering how we all felt the brunt of the year (without directly comparing my personal experience to anyone else's), I’d be lying if I didn’t reserve some anxiety for what’s yet to come. That said, I quietly promised myself two things; to take things as they come without planning too far ahead and to take care of myself* regardless of what the year ahead may offer me. Selfish? Probably, but at some point I think a larger part of ourselves can relate citing a perseverance of mental, physical and personal health. Even with that said, I find it hard not to lean on my musical brethren, particularly those within the contributing reviewing ranks of sputnikmusic[dot]com. What most of you guys might not know is that we lean on each other almost daily, a group of support, sarcasm and advice whether we ask for it or not and largely, it’s a credit to these fine people that I’m still here, doing what I do while finding release in new and current albums as the year progresses.

Yeah okay, that’s enough smoke and reflection… it’s probably time to stop gas-bagging and get to the matter at hand. These brethren, the fine roster of sput-contributors basically told me Celestial Swarm’s Gateway To The Necroverse is right up my alley...and you know what? Those ***ers were one-hundred percent right.

To the fishy business:

Have you ever peeled a prawn and forgot to take the poop-shoot out? That feeling in your mouth as you begin the initial stages of digesting that bastard isn’t too far from the sonic texture of Gateway To The Necroverse, especially on a first spin. The title (and opening) track lands with a primal ferocity befitting a dank expedition into the world of a delectable bottom feeder. That is to say that as grim as Celestial Swarm’s aesthetic is, it’s a tasty forty minute morsel of pernicious blackened death metal. “Forlorn Oblivion” is especially vile, providing a ferocious deluge of hammering blast beats and guttural roars - often switching tempos between the a-typically rapid fire and stomp riffs that jig and jag through the mix. Sure, it’s a formula that’s tried and true (not much in death and black metal is truly innovative anymore) but inside this hard exterior is an acquired taste, a treasure and delicacy.

The belly of Gateway To The Necroverse is comparatively salacious next to the record’s more initiating pieces. “Hammer Of The Demiurge” is downright salubrious within extreme metal circles; offering intense, no-holds barred brutality without resorting to unnecessary levels of flamboyant contrasts and yet, there’s melody, just lurking in the background cutting through the murk. A hard shell with a salty interior - downright palatable for those with a taste for it. “The Harvesters” switches things up once again, showcasing the fact that while familiar, Gateway To The Necroverse is no one trick effort no matter how much it relies on the genre’s typicality.

For what it’s worth (and as much of a cop-out as it is to say) some morsels are a delicacy and not for everyone. As much as I enjoy oysters I know there are those who naturally detest the snotty, slimy texture as it runs around their mouth. What I’m trying to say is I can hear why this sort of streamlined brutality wouldn’t appeal to those who prefer higher levels of atmosphere or a greater sense of melody and yet I can’t help but find appeal in the simplicity, almost straight-forwardness that Celestial Swarm has offered so early in the year 2021. Overall however, this is an excellent start to the extreme metal offerings of the year, while highlighting the fact that even the gritty, indigestible shells can contain treasures of a tasty sort.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

relevant bandcamp link here: https://celestialswarm.bandcamp.com/album/gateways-to-the-necroverse



Thanks to my bros Dewi and Notrap for making the world go 'round.



*a focus on my physical health for example

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


dude i love seafood

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oysters? Appalachians are the way to go.

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


fuck me im hungry now

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weird thing is though, most oysters are only commercially grown to be three months old. I want to try some of the year old ones that are as big as steaks.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


6818 Comments


I was led to believe that there would be a seafood buffet, i fear i have been misled

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


22950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a shrimpy review!!



It's good to have you back ;)



Album slays, slams, rules, rips... etc etc

Digging: Typhoon (USA-OR) - Sympathetic Magic

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i fear i have been misled




This is actually an intervention. Your family, friends and I are going to need you to sit down and listen to what we have to say.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


6818 Comments


Dang.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


6380 Comments


dude it's 10AM here and i wanna eat prawns

just one thang: "to take things as they come without planning too far ahead and to take care of myself*"

the * isn't necessary? or did i miss something

Digging: The Body - I?ve Seen All I Need To See

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good point dedex, I was thinking of adding a note in the first comment but they all seemed way to whiny, idk.

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


its ok to have feelings




that said, you are a sleeper agent for big prawn, i see through your masquerade!

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


how much did prawnhub pay for this

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's actually tickledoysters[dot]com...

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


the vocals here give me the feeling that my eventual behemoth revisit will not be the most fun

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably a fair estimate.

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


haha i posted that before i got to the bdm gutturals

parksungjoon
January 13th 2021


25907 Comments


anyway i get the feeling this band should remind me of something but i dont know what

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


15465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet review mate, album rules.

It's good to have you back [2]

Digging: Asphyx - Necroceros

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2021


13130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never truly left frens.



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