Origin: Nijmegen, Netherlands  
Genres: Doom Metal, Stoner Rock
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Last update/review: October 10, 2021

Celestial Season

Celestial Season is one of a handful of metal bands that have operated in two distinct subgenres over the course of their career. They arose in the early nineties as a standout doomdeath band, culminating with the excellent Solar Lovers album in 1995. Yet two years later, the band released with Orange, and just like that they'd transformed into a full-on Kyuss-influenced stoner metal band, right down to Cyril Crutz's striking vocal resemblance to John Garcia. To their credit, they were adept in this new style as they were in the doomdeath arena. They continued down this path for a couple more years, finally announcing their breakup in February of 2002, citing their creativity as "fulfilled". Ten years later the band, featuring several of the original/core members, reformed the band, and a new album was finally released in 2020. That album (The Secret Teachings) shows the band returning to their doomdeath roots.

Current Members

Stefan Ruiters

vocals

Pim van Zanen

guitars

Olly Smit

guitars

Lucas van Slegtenhorst

bass

Jason Köhnen

drums

Jiska ter Bals

violin

Elianne Anemaat

cello

Former Members/Guests

Cyril Crutz

vocals/drums

Robert Ruiters

guitars

Jeroen Haverkamp

guitars

Jacques de Haard

bass

Maaike Aarts

violin

Rob Snijders

drums (Agua De Annique, ex-Kong)



Discography


Forever Scarlet Passion  
1993 Adipocere
  1. Cherish my pain
  2. The merciful
  3. In sweet bitterness
  4. Ophelia
  5. Together in solitude
  6. Mother of all passions
  7. Flowerskin
  8. Afterglow
  9. For eternity
  • Stefan Ruiters
  • Robert Ruiters
  • Jeroen Haverkamp
  • Lucas van Slegtenhorst
  • Jason Köhnen
1993 Readers' Album #74




Solar Lovers  
1995 Displeased
  1. Decamerone
  2. Solar child
  3. Body as canvas
  4. Soft embalmer of the still midnight
  5. Will you wait for the sun?
  6. The holy snake
  7. Dancing to a thousand symphonies
  8. Vienna
  9. Fandago
  10. The scent of eve
  11. A tune from the majestic queen's garden
  • Stefan Ruiters
  • Robert Ruiters
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jason Köhnen
  • Jiska ter Bals
  • Maaike Aarts



Sonic Orb  EP
1995 Displeased
  1. Astral dub
  2. Icarus with you
  3. Pegasus
  4. King lizard
  5. ...
  • Cyril Crutz
  • Robert Ruiters
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jason Köhnen
  • Jiska ter Bals
  • Maaike Aarts
1995 Readers' Album #65




Orange  
1997 Big Bloke
  1. Wallaroo
  2. Too Much, Too Soon
  3. Black Queen Is Dynamite
  4. The Orleans Capsule
  5. Carmencita
  6. Salamandra
  7. One Eye Generator
  8. Warp Speed To Vulcan
  9. Diabolo Cruiser XL5
  10. 1000 Things
  11. Daisy's Lunch
  12. Dive
  13. Risin' (Out Of The Loop)
  14. Diesel Reptile
  • Cyril Crutz
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jason Köhnen



Chrome  
1999
  1. Jupiter
  2. Coming Down
  3. Stardust
  4. Monumenta
  5. Retrosky
  6. Trancewagon
  7. Who Sent the Workers Back Underground
  8. Desire
  9. Alooka's Boulevard
  10. Millenarian Drive
  • Cyril Crutz
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jacques de Haard
  • Rob Snijders



Lunchbox Dialogues  
2000
  1. Lonely Man Burning
  2. Sharks and Razors
  3. Outshine
  4. Boarding Music
  5. Mary Meets the Sky
  6. Body Overdrive
  7. The Celestial Dragon
  8. All Wrong
  9. Comfortable Mess
  10. From the Plains
  • Cyril Crutz
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jacques de Haard
  • Rob Snijders



Songs From The Second Floor  EP
2001 Drunken Maria
  1. Room 210
  2. Morning Theft
  3. Watching the fuss
  4. Saturday (wanna go for a ride?)
  • Cyril Crutz
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Jacques de Haard
  • Rob Snijders



The Secret Teachings  
2020
  1. The Secret Teachings of All Ages
  2. For Twisted Loveless
  3. The Ourobouros
  4. Dolores
  5. Long Forlorn Tears
  6. Amor Fati
  7. White Lotus Day
  8. Salt of the Earth
  9. They Saw It Come From the Sky
  10. Lunar Child
  11. Beneath the Temple Mount
  12. A Veil of Silence
  13. Red Water
  • Stefan Ruiters
  • Pim van Zanen
  • Olly Smit
  • Lucas van Slegtenhorst
  • Jason Köhnen
  • Jiska ter Bals
  • Elianne Anemaat




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