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Vanity Nemesis

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Audio CD, January 19, 1999
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1. The Heart Beneath
2. Wine In My Hand (Third From The Sun)
3. Wings Of Solitude
4. The Name Of My Bride
5. The Island Earth
6. The Restless Seas
7. Phallic Tantrum
8. A Kiss Or A Whisper
9. Vanity
10. Nemesis
11. Heroes
12. A Descent To Babylon (Babylon Asleep)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B00000GWY5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Knapp on May 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have a somewhat unique experience with Celtic Frost. My first exposure to them was when I bought this album waaaay back when I was in high school. I had not heard a single song from the album -- I just bought it on a whim. It's one of the best musical decisions I have ever made. I love this CD. It is great from start to finish. So many great songs, but "The Heart Beneath" and "Wings Of Solitude" have always been the standouts in my mind.

Going back in time to listen to their older stuff, I always found I was more partial to this disc, which seems to be the opposite reaction from most CF fans.

I don't know how to classify this CD or this band. They were truly unique. I guess I would just label this disc a great heavy metal album with great songwriting and catchy hooks, but just enough raw energy and production to give it a "dirty" feel. It's not a polished metal masterpiece, but it is infinitely listenable. Just an all-around kick ass rock 'n' roll record.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Stott on September 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
While this is no `Into The Pandemonium', it's no `Cold Lake' either. The old, old school Death Metal sound may have mellowed a little, but `Vanity/Nemesis' is full of sharp ideas, combining Metal and Rock in a forward looking combination.

And there in lies the problem. It probably seemed too far ahead for the time, leaving many an old school Thrasher scratching his mullet and thinking "???"

Tom G. Warrior had gone back to his God-given Fischer surname, which might well have been a clue, and had finally let his Rock roots loose. Devouring big bites of the '60s and '70s, there are big Beatles-influenced melodies, nods to the old-style Glam Rock sounds (and image) of David Bowie, and stripped back, basic Metal and Rock. Fischer had let his legendary voice ripen a little, sounding more like a gravel throated Blues shouter than a blood curdling Death growler. Unfortunately, Fischer struggles to hold a tune, and some of the songs, "Wings Of Solitude" in particular, really suffer.

The music throbs in a slightly subdued manner. For a band which once produced total Death/Thrash blurs, the controlled aggression of songs like "The Heart Beneath" and "Wine In My Hand (Third From The Sun)" would have been unimaginable five years earlier. It's all pretty solid, and grabs the attention, but doesn't hold it, like past masterpieces such as "Into The Crypts Of Rays" or "Circle Of The Tyrants". The whole album plays more as background music than a lead piece. Still, it's quite a good hangover album.

The newfound maturity was perhaps a bridge too far for Celtic Frost. Fischer seemed to lose interest in the genres of Metal he'd been so influential on, and from the apathetic reception this album received upon release, it seemed his audience had lost interest in him.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Vanity/Nemesis was the first Celtic Frost album I bought a few years back. It's still one of my favorite metal albums. The songs are well written and the album has a good production. Not as experimental as their previous albums, but it still carries its load with songs like the manic Third from the Sun (Wine in my Hand) and the song Nemesis. The Frost got a lot of flak for their previous album Cold Lake, but I think most fans that didn't like that should like this. It's a return to form with heavier songs than Cold Lake. Tom G. Warrior is a great metal vocalist and his guttural sounds are classic. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metalbutt68 on February 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
You know that this is a post-Cold Lake comeback record when Tom G. Warrior's first utterance is a death grunt. After the disappointments of Into The Pandemonium and Cold Lake, I was ready to give up on Celtic Frost when I purchased Vanity/Nemesis in 1990. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that they had restored much of the heaviness to their sound while introducing some new elements that illustrated their maturation as musicians and songwriters. It is not a complete return to the all-out sonic nuclear assault that was To Mega Therion, but a band can only be expected to produce that kind of a masterpiece just once.

Vanity/Nemesis is front-loaded, starting off with possibly the four strongest tracks on the record. On "The Heart Beneath" and "Wine In My Hand", Warrior's familiar raspy growl is back, the guitars are fast and heavy, and the underappreciated Stephen Priestly shows off some of the drum chops that were missing from Cold Lake. In fact, I think this is the closest Frost ever came to thrash metal. "Wings Of Solitude" slows things down and introduces acoustic guitars and female vocals, elements that are used tastefully throughout the record. "This Island Earth", a Bryan Ferry cover, is a weak track that sounds very out of place and should not have been included on the album.

"The Restless Seas", "Phallic Tantrum", and "A Kiss Or A Whisper" are fast and thrashy, full of great riffs and distorted guitar solos. "Vanity" is unremarkable but "Nemesis" is the highlight of the second half of the record, beginning with some beautiful guitar work and followed by a crunchy riff and a soaring, melodic solo. Although Warrior has since disassociated himself from him, Ron Marks plays most of the leads on this record and his solos truly help to define much of the record.
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