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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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.

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

Howie Weinberg is a highly renowned and respected mastering engineer in the music industry. With a career spanning over four decades, he has played an instrumental role in shaping the sound and quality of numerous iconic albums. Born on 14 September 14, 1953, in New York City, Howie's passion for music began at a young age.

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.

Weinberg's remarkable talent for mastering became evident in his ability to capture the essence of an artist's vision while adding his expertise to create a polished and dynamic final product. His work on Nirvana's iconic album "Nevermind" in 1991 is a testament to his ability to bring out the best in a recording, with his mastering contributing to the album's raw energy and sonic impact.

Over the years, Howie Weinberg has collaborated with a wide array of artists and bands from various genres, including U2, The White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others. His discography boasts an extensive list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, solidifying his position as one of the most influential mastering engineers of his time.

In 1995, Howie Weinberg opened his own mastering studio, Howie Weinberg Mastering, in Los Angeles. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a deep understanding of the mastering process, the studio became a go-to destination for artists seeking the highest level of audio quality for their projects.

Throughout his career, Weinberg has been recognized with numerous accolades, including several Grammy nominations and wins for his exceptional contributions to the music industry. He is highly respected by his peers and has been a mentor to many aspiring mastering engineers, passing on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation.

Howie Weinberg's unwavering dedication to his craft and his ability to elevate the sonic experience of countless albums have solidified his position as a true master of his art. His meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise, and passion for music continue to shape the industry and inspire generations of mastering engineers to strive for excellence.

Karl-Ulrich Walterbach is a prominent figure in the German heavy metal music scene. He is best known as the founder and owner of Noise Records, a renowned record label that played a significant role in the development and promotion of heavy metal music, particularly in Germany.

Walterbach founded Noise Records in 1983 in Berlin, Germany. The label quickly gained recognition for signing and releasing albums by some of the most influential bands in the heavy metal genre. Under Walterbach's leadership, Noise Records became synonymous with the German thrash metal movement of the 1980s, which included bands like Helloween, Kreator, and Running Wild.

Walterbach's vision and passion for heavy metal music led him to become not only a label owner but also a producer and executive producer for numerous albums. He played a crucial role in shaping the sound and production of many German heavy metal records during the 1980s and 1990s.

These albums, along with countless others, played a crucial role in establishing Noise Records as a powerhouse label for heavy metal music. Walterbach's dedication to the genre and his ability to spot and nurture talent helped shape the landscape of German heavy metal.

However, it's important to note that Noise Records faced financial difficulties in the late 1990s, leading to its acquisition by Sanctuary Records in 2001. Despite the label's eventual dissolution, Walterbach's contributions to the heavy metal music industry and his impact on the German scene remain significant. His work as a producer and executive producer, as well as his role in founding and running Noise Records, solidified his reputation as a key figure in the history of German heavy metal.

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 Band Information:

  Celtic Frost was a Swiss heavy metal band formed in 1984 by Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Martin Eric Ain. The band's music blended elements of thrash, black, and death metal with avant-garde and classical influences, making them a pioneering force in extreme metal.

 The band's debut album, "Morbid Tales," released in 1984, was a groundbreaking work that helped establish Celtic Frost's reputation as an innovative and influential metal band. The album's combination of ferocious riffs, unconventional song structures, and eerie atmosphere set a template for many extreme metal bands that followed.

 Celtic Frost's follow-up album, "To Mega Therion," released in 1985, expanded on the band's sound with longer and more complex compositions that incorporated elements of classical music and Gothic horror. The album's title track, a 23-minute epic that alternates between searing metal riffs and haunting choral sections, is widely regarded as a masterpiece of extreme metal.

 Over the next few years, Celtic Frost continued to push the boundaries of metal with albums such as "Into the Pandemonium" and "Vanity/Nemesis," which incorporated elements of industrial, electronic, and world music into their sound. The band also became known for their striking album artwork and stage costumes, which often featured skulls, spikes, and leather.

 After a hiatus in the 1990s, Celtic Frost returned with a more experimental sound on their 2006 album, "Monotheist." The album featured a slower and more atmospheric approach, with more emphasis on melody and texture than on raw aggression. Despite the departure from their earlier sound, "Monotheist" was well received by fans and critics, cementing Celtic Frost's legacy as one of the most important and innovative metal bands of all time.

  Tragically, Martin Eric Ain passed away in 2017, and the band announced their disbandment shortly afterward. However, Celtic Frost's influence can still be heard in countless metal bands that have followed in their wake, and their legacy as pioneers of extreme metal will continue to inspire new generations of metalheads for years to come.