Celestial Crown - A Veiled Empire
25 July 2005

01. Veil Of Eternity
02. Sacrifice In Red
03. Eclipsed My Hope
04. Deep Within
05. Night By The Silent Waters
06. Stone Heart
07. For The End Of The Days
08. For One Love
09. So Let Thy Will Shalt Be
10. New Aeon
11. Into Eternity
12. Consecration
13. A Sea

Celestial Crown return once more again to Metal Storm with their new album entitled "A Veiled Empire" and I must say that this band doesn't cease to amaze me, each album they improve their ways, and they grow as musicians and as a band. Of course that doesn't mean this album is perfect, because is far from it, but is quite enjoyable.

The band once again successfully merge genres like Doom, Black and Gothic Metal, the combination between soft, melodic passages and Black Metal outbursts are quite remarkable, it gives the album a duality or a split personality if you want to call it that way.

Songs like "For The End Of Days", "A Sea" and "Sacrifice In Red" are prime examples of the improvement of the band. You'll find female vocals, shrieks, growls, melodic passages, melancholic leads and much more.

Of course not everything is marvelous in the album, some songs felt like fillers, and with 13 songs clocking over 1 hour, I feel this could have been a little shorter.
The sound and the whole production engineering has improved since last time, although it doesn't reach the quality of big productions, but that's ok, since this guys aren't signed to a big label.

If you want to enjoy a nice album filled with doomy passages and aggressive counterattacks, I must recommend Celestial Crown, it might not be the best album of 2005, but surely ranks up good in the shortlist.

Band profile: Celestial Crown
Album: A Veiled Empire


written by Undercraft | 04.01.2006


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Jason W. - 24.09.2006 at 09:19  
Pretty decent from the 2 tracks I heard, which Divenia Records offers on their website. The video is decent... but it's still not particularly amazing. The lyrics are a bit of a weak spot for me (in "For One Love"), which dampers my enthusiasm. I'd be enthused to see them as an opening band however, and will still keep an eye out for their newer releases. Fans of doomy gothic metal will at least enjoy this I think.
redmix - 08.12.2006 at 15:20  
just I can't d/l this album to try it))

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