FESTER (Norway) “A Celebration of Death” CD review by www.metalstorm.net

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

by www.metalstorm.net

By Doc Godin

Fester? A Celebration Of Death?…Damn, here comes more generic death met…Wait a minute, this can’t be right; old school, yet fresh sounding? Well, maybe “fresh” might not be the right word, as this album is grimy as shit, maybe just…”not generic” is a better way of putting it.

All the pieces to A Celebration Of Death are fairly used, but the whole thing is brought together with such personality none of the attempts at creating that nasty, evil feeling are failures. Fester play this sort of raw mix of (mostly) down-tempo black & death metal. A bit slower, but always quite at that doomster level, just a good marching pace. This slightly slower feel to the whole thing really just showcases the incredibly dark riffs here. So what’s the kicker? What makes this album particularly special? The only thing that comes to mind is the subtle industrial undertones shown throughout that help complete that cold, hard sound. Other than that, it’s just a solid, convincing job mixing infectious riffs with a deep, horrific atmosphere.

It’s all good. There’s nothing on here that specifically needs improvement, yet it’s not quite what you would call a knock-out album. Maybe a little more identity in the individual components of this band is what’s needed. As a collective, these guys have a fairly unique sound, but there’s nothing here that really stands above anything else. No focal point I guess you could say. Granted, not having your music revolve entirely around one instrument is a good thing, but having something shine a bit from time to time is nice.

A Celebration Of Death is a tasteful, experienced sounding album. Safe enough to be appealing to a more basic desire for extreme metal, yet fresh new sounding enough to not be flavourless.

Rating: 8/10

Review link: www.metalstorm.net/pub/review.php?review_id=10597

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:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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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