- Album Cover by: - H.R. GIGER

Celtic Frost's 1985 debut album, "To Mega Therion," revolutionized thrash metal with its avant-garde blend of doom and gothic elements. The iconic album cover, a surreal masterpiece by Swiss artist H.R. Giger, added a visual dimension to the band's unorthodox sound. This artistic synergy between Celtic Frost's sonic innovation and Giger's biomechanical aesthetic created a timeless masterpiece that continues to influence and captivate audiences worldwide.This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.

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"To Mega Therion" Album Description:

Celtic Frost's debut studio album, "To Mega Therion," released in 1985, stands as a seminal work in the realm of thrash metal. Beyond its groundbreaking musicality, the album is also celebrated for its iconic cover art, a surreal masterpiece created by the renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger. This article delves into the creation history of "To Mega Therion," exploring the synergy between Celtic Frost's sonic vision and H.R. Giger's visual prowess.

Celtic Frost's Sonic Alchemy:

"To Mega Therion" marked a significant departure from conventional thrash metal, introducing a blend of avant-garde, doom, and gothic elements. The album's title, derived from Greek mythology, translates to "The Great Beast," setting the tone for the dark and atmospheric journey that awaits the listener. Tom Gabriel Fischer's guttural vocals and the band's intricate instrumentation created an immersive experience that defied genre norms.

The Creation of "To Mega Therion":

The collaboration between Celtic Frost and H.R. Giger was a stroke of artistic genius. Giger, renowned for his work on Ridley Scott's "Alien," brought his distinct biomechanical style to the album cover. The illustration features a nightmarish creature, a fusion of organic and mechanical elements, capturing the essence of Celtic Frost's unorthodox sound. The intricate details and surreal imagery provided a visual counterpart to the album's avant-garde musicality.

H.R. Giger's Artistic Influence:

Hans Rudolf Giger, known as H.R. Giger, was a visionary artist whose work often explored the intersection of the organic and the mechanical. His unique aesthetic, characterized by intricate and disturbing imagery, found a perfect canvas in the world of Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion." Giger's collaboration with the band extended beyond the album cover, with his art influencing the overall visual identity of the band during this era.

Music Genre:

  Swiss Death Thrash Metal 

Album Production Information:

The album: "To Mega Therion" was produced and engineer by by: Horst "The Only One" Muller

Horst Mueller - a sound engineer from Germany and has engineered the records of several German Metal bands, notable Destruction, Running Wild, Warrant and the Swiss Celtic Frost band, as well as many others. He has used several different aliases/pseudonyms, aliases used by Horst Mueller include: Horst "Hoddle" Muller, Horst H.I.F. "The Crazy Frog" Muller, Horst "The Only One" Muller, "Mad" Horst Muller

Executive producer. Karl-Ulrich Walterbach

Karl-Ulrich Walterbach: German music producer who transformed the heavy metal scene. Founder of the iconic Noise Records, he launched the careers of Helloween, Celtic Frost, and countless others. Learn more

Album cover art by: H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger a Swiss artist, achieved fame for his dark, biomechanical style that blends human and machine. His airbrushed paintings often depicted disturbing dreamscapes. He designed the terrifying xenomorph in the movie "Alien," which earned him an Academy Award. The H.R. Giger Museum in Switzerland showcases his work. See some of his most famous designs:


Sound Engineer: Rick "Lights"

Producer, Sound Engineer, Artwork, Design, Music by Tom G. Warrior

Steve Warrior (real name: Urs Sprenger) a Swiss Bass player and singer mainly known while performing in the Swiss Heavy Metal band "Hellhammer". On Celtic Frost's albums "Morbid Tales" and "To Mega Therion" he has worked on the album artwork and typography.

Artwork Typography - Urs Sprenger

Design - Martin Eric Ain

Photography - Ernst Wirz

Record Label Information:

  Black Noise N 0031
Packaging:Gatefold/FOC (Fold Open Cover) Album Cover Design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages.

This album "To Mega Therion" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos.

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 290 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Celtic Frost To Mega Therion
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer - Guitars, Vocals
  • Dominic Steiner - Bass
  • Reed St. Mark - Drums
  • Guest Performers:
  • Martin Eric Ain - Bass (Tracks 2 & 3)
  • Wolf Bender - French horn (Tracks 1, 4 & 10)
  • Claudia-Maria Mokri - Additional vocals (Tracks 2, 6 & 10)
  • Horst Müller - Sound effects (Track 9)
  • Urs Sprenger - Sound effects (Track 9)

Celtic Frost band-member details:

Tom Warrior (real name: Tom Gabriel Fischer) founded the Hellhammer and "Celtic Frost" band. While playing with Hellhammer he used the pseudonym: "Satanic Slaughter". He has also been co-producer of many of "Celtic Frost" and "Coroner" albums.

Track Listing of: "To Mega Therion"

The Songs/tracks on "To Mega Therion" are

  1. Innocence and Wrath 1:02
  2. The Usurper 3:24
  3. Jewel Throne 3:59
  4. Dawn of Meggido 5:42
  5. Eternal Summer 4:29
  6. Circle of the Tyrants 4:36
  7. (Beyond the) North Winds 3:04
  8. Fainted Eyes 5:00
  9. Tears in a Prophet's Dream 2:30
  10. Necromantical Screams 6:06
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Index of CELTIC FROST ( Switzerland ) Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery
CELTIC FROST - Cold Lake (1988, Germany) 12" Vinyl LP
CELTIC FROST - Cold Lake (1988, Germany) album front cover vinyl record

  Noise International N 0125-1 , 1988 , Germany

This album's reception was polarized, to say the least. Longtime fans of Celtic Frost were taken aback by the drastic change in style, feeling disconnected from the band they had come to know.

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CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium (First Pressing) 12" Vinyl LP
CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium (First German Pressing) album front cover vinyl record

  NOISE International N 0065 , 1987 , Germany

The 12" vinyl LP, adorned with Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Delights," blends diverse influences. Recorded in Berlin in 1987, it defies norms, incorporating classical and industrial elements.

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CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium (1987, France) 12" Vinyl LP
CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium (1987, France)  album front cover vinyl record

Accord 130094 , 1987 , France

This album cover, derived from Hieronymus Bosch's masterpiece, added a visual dimension. A sonic journey, it stands timeless, a groundbreaking fusion that reshaped metal's landscape

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CELTIC FROST - To Mega Therion 12" Vinyl LP
CELTIC FROST - To Mega Therion album front cover vinyl record

  Black Noise N 0031 , 1985 , Germany

The iconic album cover, a surreal masterpiece by Swiss artist H.R. Giger, added a visual dimension to the band's unorthodox sound.

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CELTIC FROST - Vanity Nemesis 12" LP
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EMI Electrola EMI Noise 1C 064-7 94070 , 1990 , Germany

This album shows the band heading in a thrash metal direction instead of the black metal sound of the first 2 albums, or the avant-garde metal of Into the Pandemonium.

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