Review: Ashes For The Mute – Celestial Revelations

Review: Ashes For The Mute – Celestial Revelations

By / Album / Monday, 13 December 2021 07:38

Ashes for the Mute’s latest album, Celestial Revelations is as technically good a black metal album as you’ll find, but that’s not enough to give it an edge over the myriad other black metal albums out there.

The record is defined as a “unique blend of black and death metal” which is probably a pretty apt description but for the unique part.

In what seems to be becoming a prerequisite in the heavy metal world the drums that open proceedings in the title track are frenetic and furious, blasting the eardrums with familiar but still abrasive aggression.

If you’re hoping for some kind of dynamism and variety, then you’ll be disappointed with the album, at times, seeming like an attempt at a playing-speed record that forgoes melody and breathing room.

The lyrics, on paper, read like an overwrought attempt at prose in some instances and in others like a pseudo-intellectual brain-wank – the line “terrestrial burdens revealed as the epizootic sapiens scourge” from “Anhedonic Shroud” being a highlight.

The vocals, surprise, surprise, verge on indecipherable as they hide all that literary trickery behind growls and screams that had my voice feeling waving a white flag in sympathy.

I suppose, however, it would be remiss of me to not pick out the positives too. The production is solid, especially through a quality sound set-up, and there’s absolutely no denying the technical abilities of the musicians involved.

Considering the speeds Ashes for the Mute reach, it’s impressive that there are few, if any, noticeable mistakes and there are more than a few moments of solid musicianship to be found under the noise.

On a technical level, there’s little to fault with every note and beat falling where it’s meant to but, unfortunately, that’s not enough to set Celestial Revelations apart from its peers.



Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel is a freelance script-editor and actor, but his real passion is music. He is always on the lookout for new up and coming bands that have a sound that's unique to them. The more interesting the music is, the better. You can find Daniel on the following social media platforms: TwitterInstagram & Wrequiemmusic.

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