Celestial Blues

King Woman - Celestial Blues
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #63 / 516
User Score
Based on 89 ratings
2021 Ratings: #70
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic
Kris Esfandiari and her team have created something truly special with this album, a musical piece where the divine is given voice and flesh to envision what is Kris' most honest and enrapturing work of her prolific career, and be sure it won't be the last one.
83
Beats Per Minute

Esfandiari hones the persona explored on prior releases, channeling the aspirations and ambivalences of the mystic. With Celestial Blues, she presents herself as one of the chief proponents of metal informed by spiritual inquiry, yearning for emancipation from the habituated self, and the complex desire that exceeds convention.

80
Metal Hammer
It’s a raw and frighteningly powerful piece of work, and while this is exactly what we might expect from King Woman, it’s testament to the band’s skill, vision and devastating artistry that with each listen they’re capable of razing your world afresh.
80
Kerrang!

Celestial Blues is a truly immersive experience that is not only as good as its predecessor, it has evolved beyond the blueprint they set out on their first album to expand their sound into new and exciting territory.

80
Metal Injection

King Woman remains a vehicle for emotional expression and ritualism, and Celestial Blues certainly succeeds in that regard.

75
Pitchfork
Kristina Esfandiari and her band move from the darkness to light on their second album, taking liberally from post-rock, grunge, and doom metal to tell a tale equally inspired by a childhood brush with death and Paradise Lost.
SonicDiscovery
77
King Woman started off as a solo project of singer and songwriter Kris Esfandiari and it slowly grew into a full on band that exhibits it’s power and aggression all over their most recent work Celestial Blues. The formula of quiet starts to then grow to a big explosion of sound does get predictable the more it happens, yet still Kris still makes it work through her growly vocals and words expressing the pain and anguish she has encountered throughout her life. The ebb and flow of her ... read more
SidewaysSky
50
Look, I get it. We all want to be Chelsea Wolfe. But not everyone can be Chelsea Wolfe. Case in point, King Woman's lead singer, whose performances are noticeably inconsistent in results. She can pull off some great passages on both the quieter and harsher side, but they're honestly few and far between. Compositionally, the instrumentals are nothing to write home about. The guitars are especially frustrating because they don't provide much more than your standard doom metal melodies and power ... read more
Roystor
80
Despues de 4 años de su álbum debut la banda "King Woman" regresa con un nuevo proyecto de tan solo 9 pistas en dónde se puede notar toques del Doom Metal, Ethereal Wave e incluso Shoegaze.

La duración de las canciones a pesar de ser largas, la progresión e instrumentación de estás mismas es eminente; la voz de Kristina es simplemente hermosa, y a lo largo de todo el álbum juega con ella logrando distintos matices en las ... read more
Jawnb0rger69
82
I was not a fan of the last record (2017's Created In The Image of Suffering); I found it to be unoriginal, forgettable, and just a bit of a monotonous drag all the way through. This new record, however, manages to be dark in almost all the right ways and uses slow burns to create atmosphere much more effectively than before. It's not a perfect record by any means but it is a very good one.
FatalNoise
85
An impactful and dark lp from King Woman. Distorted droney riffs lead the way accompanied by mellow wailing vocals. Adore this record and definitely will be regularly returning
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Added on: June 2, 2021