Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, August 12, 2022

Celestial Graves - Vitriolic Atonement

 

Now I fuckin' LOVE this record. A Finnish black metal band who owe relatively little to Finnish black metal, Celestial Graves execute on a sound that is melodic and bombastic, yet still firmly within the world of black metal. Their sophomore album Vitriolic Atonement is an absolute monster with its larger than life riffs, next level vocals and a sensibility of chaos that will keep you thrilled as you soar through the blackened night. This is far more than just another evil black metal release, it's a record that you're going to get lost in. 

Vitriolic Atonement is a thriller any way you slice or dice it. It showcases a band at the top of their powers unleashing raw sonic misery and aural beatdowns of a type few of the bands peers can match up too. In particular I have to shout out the vocal performances. The execution on tracks like "Exaltation" is truly impressive with a huge variety of extreme vocals from harsh screams to breathtaking bellows on display and leaving listeners in awe. This is a black metal record that really understands the breadth of what this record can be and has moments that range from the transcendent to the truly wicked, and everything in between. 

Few black metal records have really made my hair stand up on end and gotten me excited in 2022 as much as this one has. It's a record that really leans into its tropes and executes on them with aplomb. Yes there are moments that feel a bit over the top but that's part of the fun. This is the black metal of swords and castles, times forgot and blasted heaths. Letting yourself get immersed in this world is a delight and speaks to the ongoing power of a band whose vision continues to grow alongside their immense songwriting prowess.

Pre-order the album!

https://sinisterflame.bandcamp.com/

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