For those of you who have been following our site for a while you should be pretty familiar with Celladoor by now, but for any new readers we may have I’ll give you a quick run down.
Celladoor is a very interesting band to say the least their ability to traverse genres, incorporate odd time signatures and their use of expert lyricism not only have intrigued me but have made me a fan of their music as well. Celladoor’s latest release “Temple” is another home run, the swamp rock as they put it has never been better or funkier. So without further delay, lets get into it.
The first song on the record is called “Beside Erebus” and almost instantaneously after hearing it I loved it, the riff is extremely heavy and the use of a spread out beat gave it an extremely angry vibe. Then with a quick drum role we get to hear vocals for the first time. The distorted and trippy vocals fit in perfectly with the music giving it an almost Black Sabbath meets Pink Floyd sound. I know it sounds weird, but it’s pretty awesome to listen to. As the vocals begin to get louder with anger the emotion and power can be felt through the music as the slow, angry drums get smashed periodically until the riff is slowly faded out.
The next track I’m going to talk about is “Sombremesa” this song doesn't have the evil intensity that “Beside Erebus” does, rather it goes for a more peaceful and classical style of guitar. That doesn’t stop the smooth trippy vocals from coming smashing into the track, the vocals compliment the music perfectly. If anything “Sombressa” shows us how impressive Celladoor’s musical abilities are in the way he can jump between genres while still maintaing the musical themes of the record. An odd tuned down guitar solo periodically shreds into the track before quickly dissolving back into the song. I thought it was a very cool and unique way to give the song that extra shot in the arm to make it that much more memorable for the listener.
Another song that really popped for me was “Endless Ending” the track has an acoustic intro and has a much slower and melodic approach then what we’ve previously heard on the album. When the vocals do come into the song it becomes clear that this is a ballad of some sort, however rather than going the cliche love way, Celladoor puts their energy towards a more serious topic. I wont tell you what that is partly because firstly I’m not sure if I’m right and secondly because I want you to listen to the song yourself.
The album closes out with “Mutiny” and the intro to this track is a very cool acoustic guitar plucking riff that sounds perfect with the slow and creepy vocals that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing up. This slow and eery beat is maintained for quite some time until the song really opens up and the carnage is unfolded on us. Celladoor gives us the gift of a mean guitar riff and a speed metal like drum pattern that oozes ferocity. The raspy vocals are screamed at the listener over top of a barrage of heaviness. This is hands down my favorite song off of the record and since I received this album last week I’ve already listened to it at least a dozen times.
Make sure to check out Celladoor’s latest album “Temple” which is available on most streaming services.