Having played more than 500 shows around the world, including appearances at several prestigious extreme music festivals (Hellfest, Copenhell, SummerBreeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Psycho Las Vegas...), with one EP and five albums under their belt, CELESTE has succeeded in creating their own musical atmosphere and are today considered to be one of the most important bands of the "French Avant-Garde Black-Metal" scene.
"This band has become one of the defining groups of their generation. Cult favorites for a notoriously picky group of fans, it's easy to see why CELESTE are viewed as some of the best out there right now". - Metal Injection
For 15 years, the French metal band has produced a hybrid music; rich in influences, as difficult to define as it is easy to recognise. Cleverly mixing black metal, post-metal, and hardcore sounds, CELESTE has created a music as singular as it is violent, oppressive, and dark.
"CELESTE are gargantuan and obscure, mysteriously black. No ray of light can penetrate the darkness surrounding them." - Metal.de
After their debut EP Pessimiste(s) was released in 2006, the band’s first full-length Nihiliste(s) followed shortly after in 2007. CELESTE continued to sink into an ever more intense darkness with 2009’s Misanthrope(s), then 2010’s Morte(s) Née(s) which pushed their creative process to its extreme, closing an evolutionary thread.
"Pessimists, nihilists, misanthropes and deadborns: the history of CELESTE is just as it sounds: negative, gloomy and destructive." - Metal Hammer
In 2013, CELESTE returned with a double album titled Animale(s) containing 69 minutes of lethal music - it pushed the French metal band’s musical universe even further. It made its way onto many ‘Best Metal Albums of 2013’ lists in the international music press, with accolades from publications such as Pitchfork, Metal Hammer and Metal Sucks. Animale(s) solidified CELESTE’s position amongst the pillars of the French extreme metal scene.
"Hopefully, their status as one of the most under-recognized hardcore/metal hybrids will soon come to an end." - Pitchfork
In 2017, after several tours, the band began working on new material and recorded Infidèle(s), their fifth album. This new opus revealed new shades of darkness to the band's fans and allowed CELESTE to conquer an ever-growing audience.
"It’s almost certainly the best black metal record I’ve heard this year." - MetalSucks
Though the band is usually recognised for their recorded work, the apocalyptic and suffocating experience of their live shows is also infamous - the audience are plunged into complete darkness and thick smoke, with only strobe flashes and red beams coming from the headlamps carried by the four musicians providing any light.
"Once you experience the black hole that is CELESTE's insane live performance, there's no going back." - Metal Injection
After joining the label NUCLEAR BLAST, CELESTE will release a new album in 2022, recorded and mixed by Chris Edrich (Gojira, The Ocean, Leprous, Tesseract) and will go on an international tour to spread the darkness of its music.