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   CELESTY
Reign Of Elements
2002
Arise Records
http://www.celesty.net


rating: 3/5

1. Intro
2. The Charge
3. Revenge
4. Sword Of Salvation
5. Reign Of Elements
6. Lost In Deliverance
7. The Sword And The Shield
8. Battle Of Oblivion
9. Kingdom
Celesty is a young band from Finland offering epic power metal with their debut album. Celesty state Stratovarius, Helloween, Manowar, Rhapsody and GammaRay as their influences. I had heard their demo prior to this release and therefore I was somewhat eager to hear whether the guys had redeemed what they "promised" with the demo. I can't really say that I'm disappointed, but frankly I did expect a bit more.

All the members are in their twenties and it shows partly. All in all the compositions are quite well done but as a whole the album tends to get a bit too repetitive. Half way through the album there isn't actually that much to complain about, but the further the album gets the more you start to think that you've heard this already. The guys certainly have noticed the existence of double bass drumming and they just don't seem to let it go at any point. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a little variation wouldn't hurt. The keyboards add a little to the atmosphere here and there so they don't get too prominent on the overall sound. Yet again the magical "something" is missing, but tracks like "Reign Of Elements" , "Lost In Deliverance" and "Sword Of Salvation" are very promising.

On the lyrical side the story is about Element Gods, emperors and warriors. I know it's not an easy task to write such a story, considering they're non-english speakers, and make it work but Celesty certainly are ambitious. Although they don't manage to avoid a certain level of being funny, I have to give them a big hand for bravely going for such a story, even if the English language and the pronunciation do need a little improvement.

So, the album starts out as very promising, but fails to keep the interest up throughout the album. Anyway, this is quite a nice one, considering that it is a debut album. If you're into Rhapsody, Freedom Call, Keeper-era Helloween and that kind of stuff, I can recommend you to check this one out.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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