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Celestial Ode - S/T - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Merciless Attack
2. Mind's Cell
3. The Altar
4. The Loser
5. Keep Your Religion

I was really happy to open my mailbox and find this hard to find gem awaiting me. The band sent me a copy upon request and I thank them very much for that because I really enjoy this groovy power metal band from Greece.

Celestial Ode offer us their 5 track self titled EP, an EP that I find very promising for the band, and give us a good dose of modern power metal. The disc starts with Merciless Attack, which is one of my favorite of the 5 cuts. I was surprised to hear traditional power metal vocals mixed with "cookie monster" growls. Very original and adds a nice touch to the song. Mind's Cell follows with a short acoustic passage before smashing the walls with an Iced Earth "Stand Alone" type riff throughout, punctuated by vocalist Manos Xanthakis soaring voice. The band throws some Pantera stylings in the next song, The Altar, following that with the band's ballad piece, a love song entitled The Loser.

Celestial Ode get back on track with the stylish Keep Your Religion, reminding me of a less keyboardy Angel Dust or even Canada's Eidolon. All five tracks are very well done, with good packaging and the low budget recording isn't terrible by any means. I would love to see this band get picked up by Sanctuary, Century Media, or even a smaller group like Remedy or Arise. Good job all around, but please get rid of the snake skeleton mascot...he is just too creepy.

--Reviewed by EC 4.04.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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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2001
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