Reign Of Elements
Review by Jack on May 15, 2003.
Here we have it. All Sonata Arctica groupies need not look further for another injection of estrogen ever again. Celesty is the band that can certainly provide the hit you have been longing for ever since “Silence” came knocking at your door.
All jokes aside, Sonata Arctica fans, and indeed most power metal fellows, will find a great deal of solace within the bosom of Celesty. “Reign of Elements” is a fine and uplifting power album that will certainly inspire you to run off and beat back the demon hordes that exist in today’s bleak society. Crystal clear production (this has got to one of the finest production jobs ever) makes every instrument brutally clear. Testicles-in-the-vice vocals, estrogen charged guitars, and rocket propelled drumming make each and every song strike hard and fast.
However, truthfully Celesty has delivered a top-notch power record. Even I can’t find too much wrong with the material on “Reign of Elements.” As said previously the production is fantastic, in fact brilliant. Each instrument is perfectly audible, making for a listen that can’t be faulted. Each musician plies his art with authority, but not the extent of drowning out any other member. The songs are catchy, head-moving creations that make you feel like a retard when you groove along with conviction (but hey, that’s what metal is about right?)
Bottom Line: Skeptical power metal critics like myself are the bane of most power records, but Celesty have come through on a unicorn and I can’t really fault what is a very, very solid output. You’ll feel like a fruit when listening, but I’m damn sure you’ll have some fun when listening to “Reign of Elements.”
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.8 out of 10