After their striking demo Burial Ground Trance, Celestial Grave is back at it again with a two track release titled Pvtrefactio. Even though this release is only two songs it still packs a punch and provides you with plenty of intensity and plenty of content split between these two songs. Each of the tracks that appear on this record are fairly long so you have plenty of sinister black metal to listen to and plenty of darkness to revel in.
For there only being two songs, Pvtrefactio is an unrelenting assault of black metal and right out of the gate Celestial Grave hits you with all that they have with their opener Deteriorating Angel. This track as well as the second-which is the title track-are uncompromising and unapologetic. Each track is damning and played at a blistering pace and each are played in the vein of traditional black metal with some twists of their own however. What is nice about Celestial Grave is that they do play in the vein of traditional black metal but they do add their own twists as well which creates for a unique and memorable listen.
As damning as each song is they both have their fair share of melancholy added in to the mix as well. Neither song is overtly melancholic but that trait is very much so present in each song. So, not only do you get the regular aggression that black metal tends to display and dish out, but you do get a hint of sadness and loneliness as well which ends up making you fee isolated and cold. Pvtrefactio is a twisting, dark and harsh record that hits you right off the bat and keeps rolling, pulling you further and further into a bitter darkness.
From the musicianship, to the great raw production, to the vocals all the way to the atmosphere that Pvtrefactio emits, you get a solid record that you want to keep playing over and over again. With only two songs Celestial Grave creates something that is captivating and unique and that among many other reasons makes for a great listen.
Check out Deteriorating Angel from Pvtrefactio.
Pvtrefactio will be released April 21, 2017 through Iron Bonehead Productions.