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Celestial Midwinter

Celestial Midwinter

Celestial Midwinter


Celestial midwinter is a Solo Project started by Former Rancid Abomination/Unleashing Vengeance frontman Zakk Asshole to try to write tracked (computer made) Epic Black Metal with folk elements... Heavily inspired by a similar project by a a guy in Pennsylvania called Appalachian Winter, Celestial Midwinter is a mix of American Folk Music (and some Scandanavian stuff as well) and Epic Black Metal. Boasting 7-12 minute long songs that have a black metal section and a folk section Read more on Last.fm
Celestial midwinter is a Solo Project started by Former Rancid Abomination/Unleashing Vengeance frontman Zakk Asshole to try to write tracked (computer made) Epic Black Metal with folk elements... Heavily inspired by a similar project by a a guy in Pennsylvania called Appalachian Winter, Celestial Midwinter is a mix of American Folk Music (and some Scandanavian stuff as well) and Epic Black Metal. Boasting 7-12 minute long songs that have a black metal section and a folk section, the black metal section is epic and symphonic and evil sounding, but the folk section is what makes this artist interesting, expect placid accoustic sections with epic choirs underneath them, with elements of folk music and classical guitar playing in these sections... The timing is bad at times because these were played on real time with a computer keyboard, so the music is not perfect by a long stretch, but is at least somewhat listenable (aka not total garbage).. The timing of Celestial midwinter is very chaotic, riffs can change timing on the fly.

Sometimes you will hear a 8/8 timing section become a 6/6 instead in the middle of the riff. Tempo changes and timing changes are common. Keyboards are a mix of choirs, epic synths and orchestra hits. The riffs are very syncopated, something that most black metal lacks.

The accoustic sections are also very placid, something different for blck metal. The theme of Celestial Midwinter is Outer Space. It is a subject that fascinates Zakk Asshole. Most of the music written by him for this project is instrumental only, minus the first cd.

Celestial midwinter stuff is made with special multi-instrument samples ran through a reverb in Modplug tracker. Such samples include ones for each kind of drum used (hihats, bass, snares) and sometimes multiples for each. Each sample includes A) One guitar style, notes or mutes, depending on the drum - bass drums have mutes because in metal mutes go with bass drums. Snares have notes overlayed over this and so do bass drums..

Keyboard harmonies are overlayed over this. Some samples have orchestra hits instead of the normal strings used for keyboards. Extra keyboard samples are used for Accoustic sections and keyboard passages and they are all configured for easy music playing. By playing a drum beat, Zakk Asshole can play a melody at the same time.

Several options are available for note choices in the middle of the beat, a keyboard intensive one, an orchestra hit one, a snare - note one, and a bass/kick - mute one (several of those actually). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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