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Melding the sounds of the forest with sweeping ambient bits of noise, the one-man act known as Celestiial takes heed from his fellow misanthropic black metal brethren on the eight-track DESOLATE NORTH enough to be placed in the same league, but from there things radically change. Sprawling, slow, and rather oblique, Celestiial's drone metal wares, funeral doom devices, and intriguing uses of unique instrumentation truly encapsulate the barren loneliness of the artist's Northern Minnesota homeland with eerie accuracy. Exploring depressively bleak dirges which emulate the sounds of nature at their most primitive, this is by far the anti-party album of the year.
- Mike SOS