Nearly two years following the release of their comeback album “The Secret Teachings”, Dutch doom-metal pioneers Celestial Season are ready to release a new full-length album entitled “Mysterium I” once again through the renowned Burning World Records.
The chemistry between all members of the reunited line-up was so remarkable and productive that resulted in this new album, the first of a trilogy with “Mysterium II” and “Mysterium III” to follow in 2022 and 2023. Three new Celestial Season albums all with a different musical concept, an artistic approach that always characterized their past releases.
“Mysterium I” is the natural follow-up to “The Secret Teachings” and is part of the doom-era initiated with “Forever Scarlet Passion” from 1993 and “Solar Lovers” from 1995 widely acclaimed for a heavy, melancholic sound combined with classic instruments like violins and cello. Lyrically, the “Mysterium” trilogy continues where ‘The Secret Teachings’ left off. A deep dive into the secrets of the ancient mysteries, all that is known and all what is still to be discovered.
Formed in the early nineties, the Dutch group attained international acclaim with their first two full-length albums, “Forever Scarlet Passion” from 1993 and “Solar Lovers” from 1995, both still regarded as seminal doom-metal releases right next to Anathema’s “Serenades”, Paradise Lost’s “Gothic” and My Dying Bride’s “Turn Loose the Swans”.
A mix of the “Forever Scarlet Passion” line-up and “Solar Lovers” line-up re-grouped to create what they labelled as 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 and Elianne Anemaat on cello.
Together, they’ve created and recorded “The Secret Teachings”, an hour-long musical journey that perfectly recaptured the magic and splendour of their early years. “Mysterium I” follows the same path, delivering a poignant and melancholic doom-metal that cements Celestial Season status as one of the best European doom-metal bands.
Stefan Ruiters – Vocals
Olly Smit – Guitars
Pim van Zanen – Guitars
Lucas van Slegtenhorst – Bass
Jiska Ter Bals – Violin
Elianne Anemaat – Cello
Jason Köhnen – Drums
Black Water Mirrors 00:00
The Golden Light Of Late Day 06:53
Sundowm Transcends Us 12:50
This Glorious Summer 17:35
All That Is Known 28:13