||Athens, Greece is the home of the band Celestial
Ode. They mix elements of speed, power, and thrash metals. The
music is pretty good but the vocals sometimes seem awkward and possibly
lessen the amount of effectiveness of the album. There are five tracks
and a little more then eighteen minutes of music on this self titled
disk. Out of the five songs I liked "The Altar" and "The
Loser" the most, they seemed to be the best overall. The band
is influenced by Judas Priest, Annihilator, Pantera, King Diamond,
Helloween, Testament, and a few more. The recording was finished in
January 2001 and was mixed and produced by George Stratakis. The quality
of the production is like an eighties thrash metal band, so the effect
of the production ads to the album. None of the songs are outstanding
but are solidly written, especially the guitar work. I love the guitars.
If it weren't for the vocal style I probably would have given this
CD a better rating. The singer needs to improve on his singing ability
before this band makes it anywhere.