Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium
- Released: August 11, 2009
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Noise Records
Q - 2/00, p.983 stars out of 5 - "...proved themselves to be more than just another death metal band....the spookliy experimental INTO THE PANDEMONIUM earned the band the epithet 'avant garde'..."
- 1.Mexican Radio
- 3.Inner Sanctum
- 4.Tristesses de La Lune - (French)
- 5.Babylon Fell [Jade Serpent]
- 6.Caress into Oblivion [Jade Serpent II]
- 7.One in Their Pride [Porthole Mix] - (porthole mix)
- 8.I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)
- 9.Sorrows of the Moon
- 10.Rex Irae
- 11.Oriental Masquerade
- 12.One in Their Pride - (Re-Entry Mix, remix)
- 13.In the Chapel in the Moonlight
- 14.The Inevitable Factor
- 15.Inevitable Factor [Alternate Vox], The - (previously unreleased, alternate vox)
Celtic Frost includes: Thomas Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitar); Andreas Dobler (guitar); Martin Eric Ain (bass); Reed St. Mark (drums).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Celtic Frost: Thomas Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitar, keyboards, sound effects); Reed St. Mark (vocals, synthesizer, drums, timpani, percussion, electronic percussion); Martin Eric Ain (vocals, bass guitar, sampler, sound effects); Thomas Berter (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Claudia-Maria Mokri, Manu Moan (vocals); Andreas Dobler (guitar); Malgozata Blaiejewska Woller, Eva Cieslinski (violin); Jurgen Paulmann (viola); Wulf Ebert (cello); Anton Schreiber (French horn); Marchain Regee Rotschy (background vocals).
Having already cornered the market on hellacious riffs, war-god-channeling rhythms, and darkly mythological lyrics, Celtic Frost could have stayed the course for their third record. They do no such thing. This 1987 death metal classic showcases a band with a wildly ambitious sonic palette--from classical overtures to pulverizing metal riffs--and the chops and vision to unify the expanding extremes.
Vocalist/guitarist Tom Warrior, bassist Martin Eric Ain, percussionist Reed St. Mark, and new guitarist Andreas Dobbler build on the blueprint TO MEGA THERION by following whatever inspiration their dark muse presents: string sections punctuate the guitar attacks; female singers--one of whom sings "Tristessa De La Lune" in French, another sings Latin on "Rex Irae"--duet with Warrior; and French horn and timpani dominate "Oriental Masquerade". Despite the flourishes, Warrior and Dobbler's twin guitars consistently remind the listener of what they came for--heaviness--and INTO THE PANDEMONIUM delivers it in spades. But perhaps in a nod to the pandemonium of the title, Celtic Frost buck all accusations of self-importance by covering Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio" as the lead-off (!) track. The choice reveals that at the core of their apocalyptic vision lies a serious sense of humor.
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