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Celebratum - Instinct - 2005 - Metal Age Productions

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Death Gate
3. Ecstasy Of Pain
4. Revenge
5. Riders Of Storm
6. Act Of Insanity
7. Mirror Of Suffocation
8. Sweet Wine
9. Time Dwell
10. Pestilent Womb
Norway is home to the most primitive and black metal assaults of all time. Now comes a newcomer to my ears in Celebratum, a Norwegian black metal band that has released their sophomore effort on Metal Age Productions entitled "Instinct". Fans of early Dark Funeral and even Dissection should be howling in the black forest over this energetic, primitive entry in the black metal genre.

"Instinct" incorporates a "blender styled" blast beat approach, but highlighted with tiny snippets of melody and tempo changes. The guitar riffs here are extremely fast, creating a wall of sound while allowing the vocal screams to soar through and be at the forefront. With opener "Death Gate" the band embark on a twisted, sadistic speed fest that doesn't quite add in the usual atmosphere or gothic overtones. "Revenge" seems to be the most melodic track, with some slower riffs and a bit more razzle dazzle in the chorus parts. For me personally, well this isn't my cup of tea (or blood). For the hardcore black metal enthusiast, well this band is just as good as Dissection.



--EC 1.15.06
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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