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To Mega Therion
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Audio CD, June 30, 2017
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Released in 1985, the band’s second album had an ominous pall of doom and gloom, enmeshed in a sound both primitive yet also Wagnerian in its vast scope. Many claim this was a massive inspiration for black metal bands later in the decade. In truth, though, none matched what was here. This release includes the ‘Emperor’s Return’ EP as well as a remix of Visual Aggression, and the concept and art direction of the release was done by the man behind Celtic Frost, Tom G. Warrior. This CD version includes new sleevenotes and an extensive booklet. It almost seems churlish to regard Celtic Frost as one of the great extreme metal bands, because they were so much more than that. It’s better to hail them as among the finest extreme and experimental bands of the 1980s. Refusing ever to do what was expected or demanded, the band constantly changed musical direction, always brought in surprising influences, and kept people guessing as to where they might venture next. Their catalogue of albums is formidable and unmatched. Each is not only unique, but part of an entire tapestry that only now can be appreciated for being a remarkable part of music history. Despite, or maybe because of, constant turmoil on so many fronts, Celtic Frost achieved an artistic level few others would even have dared to dream of aspiring towards.
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First, I wanted to say that I am not a lifelong Celtic Frost fan. Truth be told, I only started listening to them in the past few months. I remember seeing this album in my brother's vinyl collection many years ago & the cover art ingrained itself into my memory. I stumbled across this album recently & decided to take a chance on it. Glad that I did. This is an extremely heavy slab of metal that doesn't sound the least bit dated to my ears. It impressed me so much that after giving it multiple listens, I also ordered Morbid Tales & the Hellhammer album called Demon Entrails. All of these were fantastic but To Mega Therion struck me as the masterpiece of the 3.
If you like extreme metal and you want something seasoned but outside of the metal mainstream, this might be for you. It doesn't surprise me at all that this album was & is a huge influence on metal artists from around the world.
Incredible songs, incredible album!
There is not one single song on here that wont scare the **** out of you. That's what kept me coming back to it, and eventually turned me into a Frost fan. They are so unpredictably cool. Talk about chilling!!!
When I first heard this, I was a long-hair headbanger kid who loved bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.....Frost was a complete change for me. I first had it on tape, and this tape was no ordinary tape....It called to me. This is some of the most possessive music ever made by anybody. I know, and love good "Death Metal", but this is something from beyond the doors of the dark. It stands alone, along with Morbid Tales/Emperors Return, I consider them two of the most important releases in the history of "Death Metal"....
Back in the mid-80's, there was nothing even close to this when it comes to darkness. This is nothing short of genius.
Even today, this is very enjoyable. My personal favorite DM band from the 80's no doubt. Celtic Frost will unchain the wild beast that lurks inside of you, and all of us. Give it a shot, and if you don't like it, just wait, it'll be back in your head before you know it.....YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN FAIR WARNING.
The opener 'Innocence and Wrath' gives an accurate taste of what one can expect on his album. The typical T.G Warrior guitar sound, combined with classical instruments. This might sound a bit unusual, but this addition gives some of the songs something 'extra' (for example 'Dawn of Megiddo'). There is a decent amount of variation between the songs with slower, doom-like songs like 'Necromantical Screams', 'Jewel Throne' and 'Dawn of Megiddo', as well as more up-tempo stuff like 'The Usurper', 'Circle of the Tyrants' and '(Beyond the) North Winds'.
Also worth noting is the cover art, made by H.R Giger, who was a constant inspiration for Celtic Frost. Anyway, I'd suggest this album to anyone who likes their metal with a special, more sinister edge.
Best Tracks: Eternal Summer, The Ursurper, Necromantical Screams