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CELTIC FROST
CELTIC FROST
Into The Pandemonium
(Noise Records / BMG)
59:48min

When you think of CELTIC FROST, you'll probably think of "To Mega Therion" or "Morbid Tales". You'd almost forget this band released the notorious "Into The Pandemonium". This album is one in line of in total four albums, "Morbid Tales", "To Mega Therion", "Vanity / Nemesis" and this one, that are re-released by Noise Records. This reissue includes alternate versions of tracks from the album and a cover of a Dean Martin song ('In The Chapel In The Moonlight'). This album of course doesn't need an introduction, being the first album that introduced electronica into extreme Metal. And it was brave in terms of experimantation and avantgardism, besides being a slap in the face of many extreme Metal fans at that time. Tracks like 'Mexican Radio' or 'One In Their Pride' are responsible for this. Luckily 'Inner Sanctum' and 'Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)' have the old class. Experiments like 'Tristesses De La Lune' (which was featured on the 12" version of the "I Won't Dance" EP), 'Rex Irae (Requiem)' or 'Oriental Masquerade' fit well and increase the dark atmosphere. The bonus tracks have no real unreleased material, but they are still a nice extra and mandatory for a reissue. "Into The Pandemonium" will most likely have had its impact and influence, just listen to bands like MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA or THERION. On this version of "Into The Pandemonium", all tracks have been remastered in March 2016 by V.Santura and Tom G. Warrior at Woodshed Studio, Landshut, Germany. Indeed the sound is excellent being tight and heavy. Also the visual side of this reissue is extremely well done and come as digibooks with a bunch of old pictures, lyrics, comments about the lyrics from Martin and Tom (they seem to be old though) and liner notes from Xavier Russell.This edition is interesting for (die hard) old fans condsidering the extensive booklets or new fans that still have buy their copy of this equally controversial as legendary album. For more info, check www.celticfrost.com or www.noiserecords.net.

Michael Tak

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