- Released: May 21, 2002
- Label: Noise
- 1.Human (Intro)
- 2.Into the Crypts of Rays
- 3.Visions of Mortality
- 4.Dethroned Emperor
- 5.Morbid Tales
- 6.Procreation (Of the Wicked)
- 7.Return to the Eve
- 8.Danse Macabre
- 9.Nocturnal Fear
- 10.Circle of the Tyrants
- 11.Visual Aggression
- 12.Suicidal Winds
Celtic Frost: Tom G. Warrior (vocals, guitar); Martin Ain (bass); Reed St. Mark (drums, percussion); Stephen Priestley (drums).
Recorded at Line In Recording Studio, Zurich, Switzerland on April 8-12, 1985.
Personnel: Thomas Gabriel Warrior (vocals, guitar, sound effects); Horst Muller (vocals, sound effects); Stephen Priestly (drums, percussion, sound effects); Reed St. Mark (drums, percussion); Martin Eric Ain (sound effects).
Audio Mixer: Horst Muller.
Audio Remasterer: Walter J.W. Schmid.
Liner Note Author: Tom Gabriel Fischer.
Recording information: Caet Studio, Berlin, Germany (10/08/1984-04/12/1985); Line In Recording Studio, Zurich, Switzerland (10/08/1984-04/12/1985).
Illustrator: Phil Lawrence.
Photographer: Sergio Archetti.
Arrangers: Horst Muller; Celtic Frost.
Virtually unprecedented at the time of its release, Celtic Frost's debut album, MORBID TALES, left a crater on the face of international heavy metal in which bands are still setting up camp today. At a time when the term "Black Metal" referred mostly to an actual album by contemporaries Venom, Celtic Frost helped broaden and define the genre. That said, MORBID TALES--powerful as it is--is not as head-spinningly ambitious as later efforts such as TO MEGA THERION. What it does offer, however, is a snarling buzzsaw attack of dark intensity. Every song on MORBID TALES establishes a formidable groove as vicious as the thrash metal that followed in its wake, but with a punk brutality and indifference to polish. Also, the uncloaked evil of the lyrics, with songs titles like "Visions of Mortality" and "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" set the stage for descendents such as Slayer and Deicide to explore wickedness even further with their own work.