Vendetta (Celesty album)

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Vendetta
Celesty - Vendetta.jpg
Studio album by Celesty
Released March 18, 2009
Recorded July–August 2008 at Fantom Studios and Tampere Conservatoire
Genre Symphonic power metal
Length 58:15
Label Spinefarm
Producer Celesty, Kalevi Olli, Samu Oittinen
Celesty chronology
Mortal Mind Creation
(2006)
Vendetta
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Lords of Metal 7/10 stars[1]
Metal Express Radio 8.5/10 stars[2]

Vendetta is the fourth full-length album by the Finnish power metal band Celesty. It was released on March 18, 2009 via Spinefarm.[3] Unlike Celesty's previous effort, Mortal Mind Creation, where the band experimented with its sound, incorporating technical and progressive elements, Vendetta is more traditional stylistically, while partially retaining the dark atmosphere of its predecessor.[4][5][6] At the same time, the band concentrated on making its sound more epic, which was achieved by collaborating with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and a professional choir in the recording of the album.[3]

Production[edit]

The band entered the Fantom Studios in Seinäjoki in July 2008; Samu Oittinen, who has collaborated with the band on two of its previous albums, was responsible for recording and mixing. Kalevi Olli, a Finnish conductor, known for his work with the Finnish National Opera, was responsible for arrangement and production of the orchestration and choir parts. Mixing the album proved to be a challenging task with up to 300 tracks playing at times.[3]

One single from the album, "Fading Away", has been released. The song was complemented by the band's first music video, which was shot at an abandoned quarry near Ylöjärvi.[7]

Music style[edit]

Like its predecessors, Vendetta is a concept album, revealing a story of the imaginary land of Cryon; it is a final chapter of the three-album-long saga.[8] However, heavy reliance on the symphonic elements is what distinguishes the album from the band's previous efforts. Band members and critics describe the sound as 'epic' and 'bombastic', drawing comparison to such bands as Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar.[9][10][11] Considered by the band to be its best album up to date, Vendetta is likewise praised by the critics.[6][12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jere Luokkamäki; all music composed by Celesty.

No. Title Length
1. "Prelude for Vendetta" 1:26
2. "Euphoric Dream" 5:02
3. "Greed & Vanity" 4:16
4. "Like Warriors" 4:44
5. "Autumn Leaves" 4:06
6. "Feared by Dawn" 4:53
7. "Lord (of This Kingdom)" 5:00
8. "New Sin" 5:27
9. "Dark Emotions" 5:16
10. "Fading Away" 3:59
11. "Legacy of Hate Pt.3
  • "Candlelight"
  • "Shadow Land"
  • "Chaos and Destruction" (Instrumental)
  • "Feelings""
14:06
12. "Gates of Tomorrow" (Japanese edition bonus track) 5:16

Credits[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Jere Luokkamäki – drums
  • Juha Mäenpää – keyboards
  • Teemu Koskela – lead and acoustic guitars
  • Tapani Kangas – rhythm guitars
  • Ari Katajamäki – bass
  • Antti Railio – vocals

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra – orchestra
  • Suvi-Tuuli Dietrich – female vocals
  • Elias Viljanen (Sonata Arctica) – guitar
  • Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas) – guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lords of Metal review
  2. ^ Metal Express Radio review
  3. ^ a b c "CELESTY: 'Vendetta' E-Card Available". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Review: Celesty - Vendetta". metalcrypt.com. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Celesty - Vendetta". lordsofmetal.nl. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Vendetta". hardcoresounds.net. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  7. ^ "CELESTY Film 'Fading Away' Video". metalfromfinland.com. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Interview with: Celesty". hannatsepesh.blogspot.com. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Band Biography". Spinefarm Records. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Celesty Completes Recording New Album". metalunderground.com. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Celesty - Vendetta (Spinefarm Records)". Blistering. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  12. ^ "CELESTY - Vendetta". metalexpressradio.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 

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