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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. Ain was soon brought back into the fold and a few songs from “To Mega Therion” were re-recorded and remixed with Harris Johns, emerging as the excellent sounding “Tragic Serenades” EP. I like the fact that the rehearsals are included, which allows fans to compare and contrast between the actual tracks and go back and forth and listen. Each is not only unique, but part of an entire tapestry that only now can be appreciated for being a remarkable part of music history. It’s not that there aren’t absolutely jaw-breaking riffs on here – there are – it’s just that the most convincing and memorable tracks are the likes of ‘Rex Irae (Requiem: Overture – Fourth Version)’ and ‘Oriental Masquerade’ which only bear a casual similarity to metal of the day, the jumping off point being very adventurous British post punk and the early releases of the 4AD label given a brutal and elegiac makeover.

Dethroned Emperor” and “Morbid Tales” are surrounded by a handful of other material and it seems that the songs were recorded at different times. To prove this, the first track on their first official release is 41 seconds of what sounds like someone screaming in the distance. Compare “Circle of the Tyrants” recorded-in-a-garage sound to “Morbid Tales”‘ far more well-developed sound and you’ll see what I mean. The closing section of ‘Tears In A Prophet’s Dream’, which lands somewhere between early Tangerine Dream and Nurse With Wound, and ‘Necromantical Screams’, with it’s chamber metal take on what was just starting to bubble over Stateside with Metallica and Slayer, finally show Celtic Frost are truly where they wanted to be, at the world vanguard of modern metal.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.

Into The Pandemonium” was the last recording made by this era of CELTIC FROST, bringing to an end a period of incredible creative and artistic growth over what was a remarkably brief period of time.During a recent Zoom chat, Celtic Frost co-founder/guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Warrior discussed the epic box set, the disbanding of Celtic Frost, his current band Triptykon and his upcoming plans. Replete with iconic cover art by HR Giger, “To Mega Therion” imposes its dark majesty from the off with the orchestral bombast of “Innocence And Wrath”, before launching into the savagery of the hook-laden “The Usurper”. We all said before we make this decision, we all meet in a rehearsal room somewhere and play a few of these songs and see what it even sounds like. We all loved those songs and we decided to also keep them even though there’s some Hellhammer material among them, but we decided to keep them for this box. Celtic Frost would take a more commercial turn with 1988’s Cold Lake, but the recordings that came before it remain legendary.

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