FESTER (Norway) “A Celebration of Death” CD review by Power Play Magazine

FESTER (Norway) “A Celebration of Death” CD review

by Power Play Magazine

By Sarah Worsley

Norwegian death metallers Fester have achieved the impossible. By blending a mixture of overused and innocuous death metal by numbers elements with a dash of personality and industrial nuances, ” A Celebration…” is an infectious release with a malevolent and horrific atmosphere. This added personality just steers the album out of the generic sector and into a chin strikingly intriguing one. Just.

Rather than mass-produce the rather worn out blackened death metal tag, Fester have attempted (with only partial success) to mix industrial elements in order to inject some personality. Wipe away the memories of that Morbid Angel album and underneath this is refreshing and, let’s face it, ball belting heavy. Tracks like “Metalized”, “The Black Tower” and the stupendous “Rites of Mortiis” (yes, that one) use those industrial tricks, but with an oddly foot-tapping, blues feel that gives the songs distinct character. The album is let down, badly, by other tracks whose only purpose seems to be as album fodder. And as good as these three songs are, they aren’t enough to carry the entire album, which is a shame.

Despite it’s flaws, “A Celebration of Death” has more guts and originality than most death metal records out there.

Rating: 7/10

Review Appears in Power Play Magazine (U.K.)

Fester links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/festernorway

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fester/204292849614033

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/festernorwaybm

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fester

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Other links:

To Order FESTER “A Celebration of Death” CD, “Silence” DIGI CD, “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD and other official FESTER merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fester

To preview a song from FESTER “Silence” DIGI CD go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hiTvtM5hoY  or www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSQoaAzGpQ

And to preview a song from FESTER “Winter of Sin” DIGI CD go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKH4_MK_6DI

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