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Celestial Hi-Fi

Sheavy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music for Nations
  • ASIN: B00004RD96
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hyperfaster 4:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What's Up Mr. Zero? 3:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stingray Part II 5:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Solarsphere 5:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Strange Gods, Strange Altars 6:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Celestial Hi-Fi 6:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. At The Mountains Of Madness 5:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Persona 6:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Utopian Interlude 4:360.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gemini (The Twins) 3:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tales From The Afterburner 6:520.69  Buy MP3 

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Formed in St John's, on the bitter-cold, wind-battered eastern shores of Newfoundland, it's no surprise that Sheavy's sound should be a little unusual. No surprise either that, so far removed from 20th Century social normality and faced daily with the merciless, churning, deafening elements, they should have been influenced primarily by Black Sabbath. It was Sheavy's psychedelic take on Sabbath that brought them to Rise Above, a label directed by the Sabbath-loving singer of Cathedral, Lee Dorrian. Their Rise Above debut, 1998's The Electric Sheep, was (rather feverishly) lauded as the best Canadian rock album since Rush's Permanent Waves. Yet Celestial Hi-Fi upstages it with something to spare. With the gloomy, grinding, Lovecraft-marked "Mountains Of Madness", the delicate instrumental weavings of "A Utopian Interlude" and the relatively jaunty rock & roll of "What's Up Mr Zero?", Sheavy make a gratifying attempt to match Sabbath's power and stylistic variety. They certainly pull off Sabbath's most difficult trick--being at once impressively despondent and infectiously celebratory. This is modern stoner rock happily shorn of its muso excesses. --Dominic Wills

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheavy - Celestial Hi-Fi 17 Oct 2011
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Sheavy (sometimes typeset as sHeavy, to emphasise their heaviness) are a long running Canadaian Stoner Rock/Metal act. The band are vastly underrated but no less of an important contributor to the genre. While they may not have become as successful as some of their American peers, the band are still worth checking out and have released a wealth of really strong albums.

Celestial Hi-Fi was their third full-length studio album and was released in 2000, which became one of their better loved albums even as the scene which spawned them was fast disappearing from media attention. It was the second of four albums to feature Steve Hennessey, Dan Moore, Keith Foley and Ren Squires in the line-up at the hight of the band's stability and initial push.

If you like creative and interesting bands like Fu Manchu, Kyuss, The Atomic Bitchwax, Dozer or even Clutch then Sheavy are a perfect outfit to discover and explore. Black Sabbath inspired grooves and warm desert feel are both very much in evidence on Celestial Hi-Fi.

In fact, if you do like Sabbath then the vocals of in particular may interest you, as Singer Steve Hennessey sometimes does an incredible job of specifically mimicking Ozzy Osbourne, right down to some of the exact nuances, although on this album he did start developing more of his own style at times as well.

On Celestial Hi-Fi the band stopped splitting their time between track styles as much and instead delivered more six-and-a-half minute tracks which covered all of the band's styles in one. This album definitely features more groovy and melodic up-tempo buzzy rockers than their earlier work did, but still has a few of the slower doomy numbers for variety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheavy!!!!! 6 Sep 2013
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Wow!! what a band and what an album!!! This band album is really the biz! This is one ofv the best albums from this band! Enough said!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duh Sabs Mid Period Best 23 Mar 2013
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Well, it would be if Iommi's insurgents had recorded it. Better still it cost 99p (plus p+p) I call it a Bargain.
If only Duh Sabs had released this instead of "Never Say Die"

I always say "Buy"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath reborn 28 Mar 2003
By HBW - Published on Amazon.com
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sHeavy rocks. Period. Who cares if their detractors dis them because the lead singer sounds like the Godfather of Metal, Ozzy? That's why we LOVE it! If you like this album, you MUST buy Electric Sleep. They are wayyyyyyyyyyy better than any other stoner rock out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obvious Sabbath Influence... and that's a GOOD thing!! 7 Dec 2001
By Stephen Pollett - Published on Amazon.com
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SHEAVY hails from Newfoudland, Canada. Founding member Danny Moore has been a central figure in the Newfoundlad heavy music scene for over 10 years. My point is that this record is the result of many years of dedication, playing bars and touring at home and abroad. Lead singer Steve Hennessey was invited into the studio by none other than Black Sabbath. A number of songs were recorded but unfortunately none have seen the light of day. Production duties were handled by Don Ellis another veteran of the Newfoundland heavy music scene (this guy knows how to record heavy music). This is a great sounding record that features geat songs played by tight band that knows how to groove. Oh and did I mention that it's heavy as hell. WARNING... I have heard some people complain that this record sounds too much like old Sabbath. In my opinion this album is better than anything Sabbath recorded post SABBATAGE (1975). As a matter of fact, this is what Black Sabbath would have sounded like if their drug of choice had been pot instead of cocaine. If you like heavy music without the commercial b.s. than do yourself a favour...buy this record today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Sabbath Reborn 6 Sep 2005
By J. H. Infante - Published on Amazon.com
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Celestial Hi-Fi is the follow up to Electric Sleep and its more intense also, Electric Sleep showed occasional calm and relaxed cosmic moments followed by energetic tracks , in this effort, song after song, energy is the constant dinamic, the voice of Henessy sounds potent such as the voice of an Ozzy Osbourne in his 20s, this album also proves that the techinque of the guitar player have improved a lot sounding more like Iommi in the solos than in the past album, Celestial Hi-Fi is pretty much heavier exciting and appealing, is remarkable how this band havent reached the status that they deserve, only a few real Sabbath fans have found in this four canadians the source were to get more of the sound responsible of the direction of heavy metal in this millenium, Cathedral, Lee Dorrian is a huge fan of them

and i love this band too

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Jun 2001
By C.P. Bourne - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be one of the best albums I have purchased this year and I buy alot. This CD stays with me at home, in the car and at work. I don't leave home without it. If you are just thinking about getting this , think no longer BUY IT NOW!!!!! You will not be disapointed. Sheavy rules!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fav rave 24 May 2000
By J. Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
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After all this time my favorite band list hasn't changed much, Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Abba, Monster Magnet, Hawkwind. Now it's time to add another, Sheavy. I put "Strange Gods, Strange Altars" on my CD player in repeat mode. I've listened to that track all morning long!
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