It’s not hyperbolic to suggest that the 2020 record from Celestial Season, The Secret Teachings, is the greatest death/doom comeback album of all time. Some 25 years after the Dutch death/doom kings and queens recorded a genre classic with Solar Lovers, the band returned to their old-school sound, propelling The Secret Teachings into the No. 28 spot on our Top 40 Albums of the Year list. The group has carried that momentum forward with “Black Water Mirrors,” the first new material they’ve recorded since The Secret Teachings. And Decibel is deeply honored to provide a home for this future classic via our Decibel Flexi Series.
You can listen to our 124th entry in the series below and then head off to the dB store where we have an extremely limited amount of the issues containing the Celestial Season flexi available. Additionally, keep in mind that Decibel will donate 100 percent of the profits for individual sales of this “A Year Without Shows” issue to PIVOT (Philadelphia Independent Venues Organizing Together)’s soon-to-be launched campaign targeted specifically towards independent music industry gig workers in our hometown.