Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fester/A Celebration Of Death/2012 CD Review

Fester are a band from Norway that has had a couple of their albums as well as being interviewed by this zine with a musical style that combines black, doom, and death metal together and this is a review of their 2012 reunion album "A Celebration Of Death" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from s low to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats and on the last song they have an industrial feeling to them, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the synths which only utilized briefly they sound very dark and have the feeling of a horror film soundtrack.

Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine black, doom and death metal together with some dark sounding melodies as well as a small amount of thrash riffing as well as some industrial on the remix while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding black/death metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars which are only utilized briefly they use finger picking to enhance the darkness of the music.

Vocals are mostly pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls being used at times, while the lyrics cover dark and occult themes with one song being written in Norwegian, as for the production it has a very powerful, dark and heavy sound to it.

In my opinion this is a great comeback album from Fester that is alot more heavier and leas experimental than their last recording, and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rites Of Ceres" "The Black Tower" "I'll Hunt You Down" and "A Face For A Funeral". RECOMMENDED BUY.