Music / Celtic Frost

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Celtic Frost is/was an extreme metal band from Zurich, Switzerland. It is, along with Bathory and Helloween, one of the most influential metal bands to come out of Europe. Celtic Frost (along with Bathory) was heavily influential on the extreme metal scene, particularly the black metal scene. Some have regarded Celtic Frost as a "missing link" between thrash metal and black metal.

Celtic Frost was founded by guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer after he had left the band Hellhammer. He formed the band with Martin Eric Ain and Stephen Priestly to record the mini-LP Morbid Tales, which garnered interest in the undeground metal scene. A year later, they released the highly influential To Mega Therion. With full attention on them, they released the highly avant-garde Into the Pandemonium, which featured classical instruments, operatic female vocals, and sampling. Despite this, Into the Pandemonium is still held in high regards by fans. They eventually went on a tour to America. Because of this and many internal and external conflicts in the band, they released the album Cold Lake. This album adopted many of the hair metal elements that were being used by many American metal bands at the time. This alienated their strong fanbase in Europe yet the album sold well in America. They soon released the album Vanity / Nemesis which combined the elements of Cold Lake and their earlier albums, but they still could not regain the popularity they had years before. Their final album they released before breaking up was Parched With Thirst I Am Dying, which contained unreleased material, re-recordings of older songs, studio versions. Their final album was to be titled Under Apollyon's Sun, but it never came to fruition. They eventually reunited in 2001 and began writing material for a new album, which resulted in Monotheist, a return to their original style, but much darker, with elements of Doom Metal. This was only short lived, because as of 2008, Tom and Martin decided to lay Celtic Frost to rest for good.

Discography:

  • 1984 - Morbid Tales (EP) note 
  • 1985 - Emperor's Return (EP)
  • 1985 - To Mega Therion
  • 1986 - Tragic Serenades (EP) note 
  • 1987 - Into the Pandemonium
  • 1988 - Cold Lake
  • 1990 - Vanity/Nemesis
  • 2006 - Monotheist

This band contains examples of...

  • Album Intro Track: "Innocence and Wrath" is one of the most famous in metal.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain. Tom's real name, Thomas Gabriel Fischer, is only slightly less so.
  • Cover Version: They have covered "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo, "This Island Earth" by Bryan Ferry and "Heroes" by David Bowie.
  • Darker and Edgier: Monotheist with its gothic sound, heavy production, and occult lyrical themes.
  • Epic Rocking: Most of their longer songs were 6 minutes long, but Monotheist takes it to a new level, with "Triptych: II. Synagoga Satanae" being the absolute longest, spanning at 14:23 minutes.
  • Genre Shift: Their original sound was very similar to Venom black / thrash metal with some Death Metal elements. Into the Pandemonium was somewhat less dark and had avant-garde influences, Cold Lake was Glam Metal, Vanity/Nemesis was Thrash Metal and finally Monotheist was Gothic Metal.
  • Heavy Mithril: They have a lot of fantasy influenced lyrics, particularly on To Mega Therion.
  • I Am the Band: Arguably Tom G. Warrior, as the frontman and primary composer of the band.
  • Lead Bassist: Martin Eric Ain is a type B and C.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally stuck to a 9.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From "Wine in My Hand".
    Third! From! The! Sun!
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • Tom Fischer's new band, Triptykon, was styled to continue in pretty much the exact same direction as Monotheist era Celtic Frost.
    • Celtic Frost itself is somewhat of a spiritual successor to Tom Fischer and Martin Eric Ain's previous band, Hellhammer.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In 2014, Tom Fischer and Martin Eric Ain were offered $140,000 to reform the band for an hour at Wacken Open Air. They immediately declined.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: The sections of the Requiem featured on multiple albums, as well as the bonus track, "Incantation Against You."
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Martin on "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh" and "Triptych I:Tottengot", both from Monotheist.

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