Dutch doom legends-turned-stoner rock riff-makers Celestial Season have reformed (back in 2011, actually), and are on the eve of releasing the official follow-up to 1995 gem Solar Lovers via Burning World Records. Indeed, new album, The Secret Teachings, finds the Nijmegen-based septet reuniting with members from the “doom era,” meaning debut album Forever Scarlet Passion and Solar Lovers, without guitarist Robert Ruiters and violinist Maaike Aarts. But what Celestial Season fans get is an updated lineup–Olly Smits moves over from bass to guitar and Elianne Anemaat joins on cello–but with Stefan Ruiters (vocals), Jason Köhnen (drums), Lucas van Slegtenhorst (bass), and Pim van Zanen (guitars) leading the front end.
Decibel‘s fascination with Solar Lovers goes back to 1995 (check out Jeff Treppel’s Lazarus Pit piece HERE), so we were not only surprised that Burning World and Vic Records were doing reissues/remasters of the “doom era” catalog, but that the reformed Dutch masters had completed and were ready to promote a brand-new, spiritual successor titled The Secret Teachings. When approached if we’d like to work with Celestial Season to premiere a track off their new album, we were elated.
Says Jason Köhnen: “25 years after the release of our classic Solar Lovers album we are incredibly proud to present you a track of our forthcoming new album The Secret Teachings appearing on Burning World Records. We chose for ‘For Twisted Loveless’ as we find its the most representative track off the album, giving you a taste of the variety we have to offer on our new album. We hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed writing the album.”
With our hearts on nostalgia and our eyes on the future, Decibel and Celestial Season hereby present “For Twisted Loveless.”