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Celestial Season announce the second part of the »Mysterium« trilogy and premiere the first single »Pictures Of Endless Beauty – Copper Sunset«

Dutch doom metal veterans Celestial Season have announced the second part of the »Mysterium« trilogy, »Mysterium II«, which will be released on December 2nd, 2022 via Burning World Records.

Listen to the first single »Pictures Of Endless Beauty – Copper Sunset« at Invisible Oranges.

The band comments: “Lyrically »Pictures Of Endless Beauty« deals with the majestic beauty of the universe, as humanity steps into a more virtual world, oblivious to the infinite beauty that lies in the real world before them. The lyrics also focuses on one of the Hermetic principles of »As Above, So Below«.

Musically »Pictures Of Endless Beauty« is inspired by the true masters of death/doom Cathedral. Celestial Season is often blindly coupled to the Peaceville 3 but for composer Jason Kohnen, »Pictures Of Endless Beauty« is an ode to »Forest Of Equilibrium« which laid the foundation to a big part of his personal and Celestial’s sound. The Cathedral ‘side B’ track »Copper Sunset«, appears at the end of the »Pictures Of Endless Beauty« as tribute to Gary Jennings’ amazing songwriting.”

01. The Divine Duty Of Servants
02. Tomorrow Mourning
03. Our Nocturnal Love
04. In April Darkness
05. The Sun The Moon And The Truth
06. Pictures Of Endless Beauty – Copper Sunset

Courtesy of Burning World Records:

Fall 2022 sees Dutch doom pioneers Celestial Season release their second full-length album entitled »Mysterium II«, as part of the »Mysterium« trilogy. »Mysterium I«. The first of a trilogy, saw its release in the spring on 2022 and received raving re-views putting the band back into the position as masters of the doom/death genre. »Mysterium III« will follow and see its release mid 2023.

»Mysterium II« dives into the more funeral and melancholic side of Celestial Season, songs which are reminiscent of their 1994 demo leading up to the ’95 classic »Solar Lovers«, with focus on long violin and cello interludes woven in with the signature Celestial twin guitar melodies.

»Mysterium II« will be released on CD and on streaming media in April 2022 via Burning World Records. Vinyl will be released as soon as the manufacturing process allows.

Celestial Season officially founded in 1991, but the original talks about forming a doom band proba-bly started around mid/late 1990. Inspired by the second wave of doom bands like Saint Vitus, Cathedral and Trouble, but also bands the like of The Sisters Of Mercy and Dead Can Dance.

Celestial Season released its debut album »Forever Scarlet Passion« in 1993, and then its acclaimed »Solar Lovers« second album in 1995. After substantial line up changes and genre flirtations, 25 years onwards to 2020, Celestial Season reformed in its ‘Doom Era’ set up, recording waht was set to be the tribute to the »Solar Lovers« release with a new album called »The Secret Teachings«.

The seeds of this new album had been growing for many years, and there where several reasons to complete the full cycle.

A mix of the »Forever Scarlet Passion« line up and »Solar Lovers« line up re-grouped to create what we’re calling the ‘Doom Era’ line up; with Stefan Ruiters back on vocals, Lucas van Slegtenhorst on bass, Olly Smit and Pim van Zanen on guitars, Jason Köhnen on drums and Jiska Ter Bals back on violin. Elianne Anemaat on cello back on the line up after her taking part in the 2011 reunion.

Burning World Records will be releasing »Mysterium II«, which will be an addition to our mutual collaboration along with the previously re-released: »Forever Scarlet Passion« and »Solar Lovers« and the 2020 release of »The Secret Teachings«.

Celestial Season is:
Stefan Ruiters – Vocals
Olly Smit – Guitars
Pim van Zanen – Guitars
Lucas van Slegtenhorst – Bass
Jiska Ter Bals – Violins
Elianne Anemaat – Cello
Jason Köhnen – Drums/Various

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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