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Celestial Ode - Celestial Ode Review

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Artist: Celestial Ode

Album: Celestial Ode

Released: 2002

A mixture of styles and genres: Power Metal

Review:

This is a rather interesting Heavy Power Metal from Greece under ambitiously pompous name. Maybe, in Homeric country such names for bands are usual. There is nothing revolutionary in their music but it is far from primitiveness and lack of talent. It's made durably, especially for a demo record. Melodic ideas are naive but they demonstrate a creative potential which lets Celestial Ode reach certain musical heights if they try hard and circumstances are favorable. Their singer does his job with noticeable pleasure but sometimes he suffers the lack of experience that's why his voice doesn't always sound smoothly and perfectly. There are no big vocal faults because he's got certain vocal abilities. Guitar work is very good on the album, there are even some touching and transparent acoustic moments and a lot of guitar solos and riffs . The demo includes five songs. The first one is a typical vigorous heavy metal a-la Judas Priest sounding much more heavier, of course. The second song contains hints at diversity. It begins with a mysterious guitar melody and then sounds in a typical heavy and energetic mood. Melodic and fast moments alternate constantly. It impresses me especially when expressive solo guitar and rhythm guitar, which is full of strength and energy, sound at the same time. The third track begins with unhinged , almost techno-thrash guitar riffs reminding of Metallica of the second half of the eighties. There are rhythm changes and some interesting guitar solos. The fourth track dips us into magical atmosphere which is typical for Crimson Glory and Savatage. The fifth track is the most energetic of all. Guitar turns a-la Iced Earth are the best moments of the song. I must admit that band has everything for a real success except professional recording studio and professional producer.

For more information visit Celestial Ode at: http://welcome.to/celestialode.

Summary:
Vocals:5.00 of 10
Instruments:9.00 of 10
Skill:9.00 of 10
Originality:5.00 of 10
TOTAL:7 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /01.06.2002/



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