CELESTE - Morte(s) Née(s)

Celeste - Morte(s) Née(s)

7 songs
41:55 minutes
***** ***


Few bands have such a regular release schedules as Celeste from the French city of Lyon. Formed in 2005, the quartet has been releasing longplayers every spring since 2007, making Morte(s) Née(s) their fourth CD so far. All of their albums come with French lyrics, and the titles are always a French singular phrase, with the plural added in suffixed parentheses.

This helps to emphasize a certain aesthetic thread that flows through their expansive body of work. After last year’s Misanthrope(s), Morte(s) Née(s) contains only seven songs, and is also a little shorter than their previous record. But considering the relentless performance of the band, it’s quite likely that the listener will be exhausted after the forty-two minutes.

The first couple of songs are rather short, between two and four minutes long, and show Celeste from their most uncompromising side. The musicians combine the emotional despair of screamo core with the bleak nihilism of black metal, although the former genre prevails. It’s only with En troupeau des louves en trompe l'oeil des agneaux that the band comes back to its longer structures. The first ten minutes of Morte(s) Née(s) are impressive in their hyperfast approach, but the last half hour, made up by the remaining four song, works better because the juxtaposition of fast and more sluggish parts adds a welcome dynamic tension. With (s), there’s even a remarkable instrumental track full of suspense, although the pièce de résistance (I just had to use this French expression) comes with the concluding De sorte que plus jamais un instant ne soit magique, a thirteen minute long epic which even adds a string section in its second half, adding to the tragic atmosphere of the music.

Celeste have improved, if not dramatically, on their fourth album, and fans of indescribable music somewhere between extreme metal and emotional hardcore will have a great time with Morte(s) Née(s), especially once they made it through the admittedly chaotic start. Celeste are neither hardcore nor metal, but that’s exactly where their allure comes from.

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