CELTIC FROST - Vanity Nemesis 12" Vinyl LP Album

Vanity/Nemesis is the 1990 album by Celtic Frost. It can be seen as a return-to-form compared to the band's previous album, "Cold Lak"e. 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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Album Description:

In the world of music history, certain albums stand out not only for their sonic brilliance but also for their profound impact on the musical landscape of their time. One such gem that graced the music scene is Celtic Frost's "Vanity Nemesis," a 12" vinyl LP album that left an indelible mark on the realms of extreme metal during its release period.

Hailing from Switzerland, Celtic Frost emerged as pioneers in the metal genre, pushing boundaries and redefining conventions. "Vanity Nemesis," released 1990, marked a pivotal moment in the band's career and the broader metal scene. This album, laden with a dark and atmospheric sound, showcased Celtic Frost's evolution and experimentation, setting them apart from their contemporaries.

During its release period, "Vanity Nemesis" garnered widespread attention for its audacious blend of doom, gothic, and thrash metal elements. The album's tracks, characterized by haunting melodies, thunderous riffs, and thought-provoking lyrics, captivated listeners and critics alike. Celtic Frost's willingness to traverse uncharted musical territories distinguished them as trailblazers in the metal scene.

Commercially, "Vanity Nemesis" achieved significant success, solidifying Celtic Frost's position as a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. The album's compelling and diverse compositions resonated with a broad audience, transcending the niche confines of extreme metal. It climbed the charts and earned the band a devoted fan base, further establishing their influence on subsequent generations of musicians.

What truly sets "Vanity Nemesis" apart is its fearless departure from conventional metal norms. Celtic Frost exhibited a willingness to experiment with their sound, incorporating unconventional elements that pushed the boundaries of the genre. The album's sonic diversity, coupled with the band's enigmatic stage presence, contributed to the creation of a unique musical experience.

As the European music scene witnessed the emergence of various sub-genres, "Vanity Nemesis" served as a bridge between the traditional and avant-garde. Celtic Frost's ability to seamlessly blend different musical elements showcased their artistic prowess, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to inspire musicians to this day.

Music Genre:

Swiss Black Thrash Metal 
Album Production information: 

The album: "CELTIC FROST Vanity Nemesis" was produced by: Roli Mosimann , Karl-Ulrich Walterbach

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Voco Fauxpas, Brian Martin

This album was recorded at: Sky Trak Studio and Hansa Studios, Berlin - fall/winter 1989
Mastered at Masterdisk by Howie Weinberg

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In the early 1970s, Weinberg embarked on his journey into the music industry, starting as an assistant engineer at Masterdisk, a leading mastering studio in New York City. Under the guidance of accomplished engineers like Bob Ludwig and Greg Calbi, Howie honed his skills and gained invaluable experience working with a diverse range of artists and genres.

Throughout the 1980s, Weinberg emerged as a prominent figure in the industry, known for his meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to mastering. His ability to enhance the sonic qualities of recordings and optimize their playback on various formats made him highly sought after by both established and emerging artists.

One of the pivotal moments in Howie Weinberg's career came when he collaborated with renowned producer Rick Rubin on the Beastie Boys' groundbreaking album "Licensed to Ill" in 1986. The success of the album further solidified Howie's reputation as an exceptional mastering engineer. This led to a fruitful partnership with Rubin, and they worked together on a string of influential albums, including releases by Slayer, Public Enemy, and Johnny Cash.

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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

Record Label Information:

EMI Electrola EMI Noise 1C 064-7 94070

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1990 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: CELTIC FROST Vanity Nemesis
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Tom Gabriel Fischer "Warrior" - Guitars, Vocals
  • Martin Eric Ain - Bass
  • Curt Victor Bryant - Guitar
  • Stephen Priestly - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "CELTIC FROST Vanity Nemesis"

The Song/tracks on "Celtic Frost Vanity Nemesis" are

  • The Heart Beneath
  • Wine in My Hand (Third from the Sun)
  • Wings of Solitude
  • The Name of My Bride
  • This Island Earth
  • The Restless Seas
  • Phallic Tantrum
  • A Kiss or a Whisper
  • Vanity
  • Nemesis
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CELTIC FROST - Cold Lake (1988, Germany) album front cover vinyl record

  Noise International N 0125-1 , 1988 , Germany

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

  NOISE International N 0065 , 1987 , Germany

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Accord 130094 , 1987 , France

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CELTIC FROST - To Mega Therion album front cover vinyl record

  Black Noise N 0031 , 1985 , Germany

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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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