CELESTY, the second. After their debut “Reign Of Elements“ two years ago the band from the land of the thousand lakes is back with “Legacy Of Hate” and something has changed! No, musically they still are true to themselves, but there has been a switch on the mic, with Antti Railio topping off the already good Kimmo Perämäki.
As already mentioned, CELESTY have not undertaken any musical experiments, we still get quite happy Power Metal with keyboard support, standing in the tradition of fellow countrymen such as SONATA ARCTICA, with choirs and everything. That this does not necessarily have to be an automatic disadvantage is proved time and again, so let’s dive into the “Legacy Of Hate”.
And while looking at the booklet it becomes evident that they have ambitions, with an extensive prologue and map and a lyrical concept that deals with a fantasy world, battles and all of that, for people, who reduce Power Metal to that anyway, a welcome feast, but this here has quite some effort in it.
„Unbreakable“ starts out almost typically, with fat double-bass, fanfare keyboards, good guitar melodies, high, nice vocals and some choir in the chorus, the usual formula, but still well done. And they generally utilise the usual structures until “Breed From The Land Unknown“ all of a sudden shows a mean Black Metal hiss here and there, very unusual indeed! But still this song is marked by a huge catchiness, which is even stronger with “Settlement”.
Check out tips definitely are “Army Of The Universe“, very epic and catchy, with very varied vocals, from Antti over the croak and choirs up to a duet between Antti and Sanna Natunen, plus the two parts of “Legacy Of Hate“, both very epic and varied, with at times surprisingly heavy riffing.
“Legacy Of Hate“ is a very solid album, which has at least two really above average songs with “Army Of The Universe“ and the first part of “Legacy Of Hate“, but also has a lot of just standard material. Still an enjoyable album, just have a listen. (Online August 15, 2004)