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Danse Macabre

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Originally a mix of thrash and black metal, later material would mix other more experimental threads (gothic, for example). That gag reflex was even stronger in the 1980s, when the spandex was tighter, the upside down crosses more pendulous and the nail enlivened armbands more of a pressing health and safety issue. The closest I’ve come to them is seeing Triptykon live a few years ago, which is essentially seeing one member playing in a different band. The echo on the vocals and the high end treble give the whole thing an abrasive edge, but the music itself is pretty clear. t almost seems churlish to regard Celtic Frost as one of the great extreme metal bands, because they were so much more than that.

One of the main reasons of course I formed Triptykon after I left Celtic Frost was because I couldn’t face the prospect of never playing Celtic Frost music again. February 1984, Hellhammer recorded Apocalyptic Raids to be released in March, only to realise the game was up in May, they had an entire new band and gameplan by Summer, and were back in Caet Studios in Berlin by October and the result, Morbid Tales was released in November of that year. Broadly speaking a thrash band with elements of other fledgling genres, they weren’t afraid to be a little experimental. That was actually one of the first things that BMG asked me when they hired me to do the concept and to do the art direction for this box set. Using the term modernism to refer to music that is modern in character, quality of thought, expression or technique might at first seem like an odd thing to tag onto a musical movement which is often characterised in the popular consciousness by songs about dragons and men who look, and sound, like the Romantic ideal of Vikings.

And I submitted a list of titles that I thought would be appropriate, and I really was also curious to hear what they had to say from outside of the band. Songs like “Mezmerised” and “Sorrows of the Moon” pulled in the trippy feel of classic rock and wound them into at-the-time modern metal numbers. I’m very happy that people liked the book, but it was really actually written for us as kind of a memory so we wouldn’t forget these stories when we got older. Albums such as 1985’s To Mega Therion have been cited as influences by everyone from Kurt Cobain to the second-wave black metallers of the early 1990s. There’s definitely a more atmospheric and experimental sound as the tracks progress, perhaps heading towards the sound that Fischer and Ain envisioned when they first sat down to plot Celtic Frost’s future one night in 1984.

Third disc is the debut full album proper, To Mega Therion, and both at the time and retrospectively, considered a black metal landmark.A 12″ x 12″, 40-page book, brings together photography — some previously unseen — from the era and brand new interviews with Tom Gabriel Warrior and Reed St Mark. The sobering process of recording Apocalyptic Raids for Noise Records in 1984 and realising that their intense love for extremity and teenage/young 20-something tunnel vision wasn’t going to be something they could transfer to record without a fundamental overhaul of values led them to a move that very few young bands have the nous for. x 12”, 40 page book of photography, and brand new interviews with founding member Tom Gabriel Warrior and a rare interview with drummer Reed St. Even though their radicalism – a desire to be nastier, more fucked up, faster, louder, more explosive and more repulsive than any other band – was won via naivety.

One ingrained narrative of the modernist 1980s is that music slumped midway through the decade, with all of the creative verve that powered post punk sedated until acid house culture livened things up once again. Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan Republic, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (U. What you are referring to is… there’s some rehearsal recordings from the time when we wrote and rehearsed Morbid Tales before we went into the studio to actually record it in the summer of 1984. Danse Macabre’ is an early career-spanning box set from Celtic Frost, one of Switzerland's most innovative and experimental metal bands.And then of course, Martin and I had our very complex history, especially with Hellhammer, but also with Celtic Frost. We wanted to improve our technical abilities, so we added quite a few Hellhammer songs and a few covers; Angel Witch and things like that to actually have an evening full of rehearsals. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. And we can’t really blame the NME too much here, given that much emergent death metal, black metal, grindcore and so on was initially all but ignored by the Phil Collins and Bon Jovi-supporting Kerrang!

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