Search


Categories

Latest updates...

ARCHAIC THORN - review
(November 19, 2017)
DEGIAL - review
(November 19, 2017)
MORBID FLESH - review
(November 17, 2017)
INSULTERS - review
(November 17, 2017)
PESTILENCE - review
(November 17, 2017)
DEADFLESH - review
(November 12, 2017)
SINISTER - review
(November 11, 2017)
DISCIPLES OF POWER - review
(November 11, 2017)
INFERNÄL MÄJESTY - review
(November 11, 2017)
JUMPIN`JESUS - review
(November 11, 2017)
BLOOD - review
(November 10, 2017)
THE SPIRIT - interview
(November 07, 2017)
VACIVUS - interview
(November 07, 2017)
ACCIDENTAL SUICIDE - review
(November 07, 2017)
UNDER THE CHURCH - review
(November 05, 2017)
GRAVESIDE - review
(November 04, 2017)
PROSCRITO - review
(November 04, 2017)
CRYPTS OF DESPAIR - review
(November 04, 2017)
BARK - review
(November 03, 2017)
SPECTRALE - review
(November 02, 2017)
NOX IRAE - review
(October 31, 2017)
SHEOL HADES - review
(October 28, 2017)
STRYCHNINE - review
(October 28, 2017)
KAPALA - review
(October 27, 2017)

CELTIC FROST
CELTIC FROST
Vanity / Nemesis
(Noise Records / BMG)
54:01min

FROST... CELTIC FROST... the very first image in my mind is the cover art for the “Emperor’s Return” every time I listen to that name. And yes, I was there when 'Cherry Orchids' was on badly dubbed VHS tapes... To imagine it was the same band that released “Morbid Tales”... well it was surely a shock. Still up to this day few fans forgive the band for that album and yet we can have a “Re-load” thing and forgive. Tom took the steps he thought were right at that time and... yes, failed. He is a human after all. I still think that if “Cold Lake” would have been released under a different name and with someone else singing (come on, Tom cannot sing!) it would have turned out better. Why so much talking about that album? Well, because it was the one that set the mood for this one. Just two years after that failed experiment, and with the die hard fans heartbroken (and the Glam fans not really convinced) Tom returned with an album that is very heavy. Yes, the guitars have the classic FROST sound. And the music itself is a mixture of the heaviness of the early FROST releases, but with a better production and more of the sound found on “Into The Pandemonium”. I mean 'Wings Of Solitude' could have been on that album and it will fit perfectly. But it seems that “Cold Lake” was too much and thus this one was deemed “not worthy” by many even without listening to it. Such a damn shame on those who were not ready to give the band another chance. I hear all the elements here that made FROST the band we all love. Of course I would have loved to hear him do a more gruff approach with his vocals on some songs (it would have made this album darker and better) as there are a few ones that sound very good with the gruff approach. But musically speaking, this is some of the best material Tom and FROST has ever done. As simple as that. It is heavy as it can be, it has a few parts using female vocals (something that was still a novelty back then) and the songs were all riffs after riffs. Headbanging riffs, there was not a single trace of Glam influence here. So what happened? Why nobody cheered the return of CELTIC FROST to form with this album? Blame it on the crap-beyond-belief album title, and add to that a cover art that was not helping them to get away form the Glam Metal perception. How should old fans buy that the band was returning again? A friend of mine and long time CELTIC FROST fan once called them “the band with the worst luck”. Well, dang he has a point there. Come on, songs like 'The Name Of My Bride' or 'A Kiss Or A Whisper' are heaviness itself and have the FROST sound as no one can even conjure! Ok, on some songs Tom tries to sing and we all know he sucks at that, but it is not that bad. A shame as if Tom would be able to sing clear, this would be such a monster album, dark with using clear voices, just as MY DRYING BRIDE does with such ease (a band that is clearly influenced by CELTIC FROST and that does it right were the master was not ready for that). If there was someone with a vision, just imagine this with another killer H.R. Giger cover art, the damn great CELTIC FROST logo we all love in big letters there, a sticker mentioning “CELTIC FROST - Their heaviest album to date! A return to the morbid roots!” and then those guys using spikes and chains again...Total orgasm consumed! It would have risen this band to heights we cannot imagine! But no, they had a killer product and they were not able to sell it right back then. Yes, it could have erased that “Cold Lake” memories with ease. Now I am pissed. Of course we cannot imagine what would it be after that. Maybe they will do their own “Load” thing and then again return to form. Well they did “Prototype”... Damn, now I will have nightmares mentioning that thing. Ok, back to track. I am not asking you to give this one a chance. I am commanding to get it now! This is some of the best FROST material ever done. It boils my blood to think that a different cover art, album title and band pictures would have turned this into the revered masterpiece it actually is. But so is life. Just to remind you that all the FROST albums will be available again with extensive liner notes, improved sound and presentation, although I am sure Tom is not exactly happy... www.celticfrost.com, www.noiserecords.net

Julián “Nemesis” Núñez

< back   |   print   |   report errors   |   order from Amazon.de   |   order from Amazon.com

Related reviews:


© 2000 - 2017 - Voices From The Darkside   |   Page origin: Dec. 04, 2000