CELTIC FROST ( Thrash metal , switzerland ) Vinyl Discography

"Celtic Frost" was an influential extreme metal / avant-garde band from Zürich, Switzerland. They are known for their heavy influence on the extreme metal and gothic metal genres. The group was first active from 1984 to 1993, and re-formed in 2001. Following Tom Gabriel Fischer's departure in 2008, Celtic Frost decided to break up again.

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Celtic Frost an Introduction

Celtic Frost's frontman, guitarist and singer Tom Gabriel Fischer, adopted the alias Tom Warrior. With Steve Warrior on bass, he formed one of the earliest extreme metal bands, Hellhammer, in 1982. Steve Warrior was later replaced by Martin Eric Ain - also a pseudonym. The band attracted a small international fan-base, got signed to Noise Records in Germany and recorded their debut EP "Apocalyptic Raids" in March 1984.


By May 1984, Hellhammer had disbanded. Fischer and Ain, along with session drummer Stephen Priestly, regrouped as "Celtic Frost". Their 1984 debut LP, "Morbid Tales" was a hit on the underground metal scene, and the band set out on its first tour, through Germany and Austria. This was followed with an EP "Emperor's Return". One of their more influential recordings was 1985's "To Mega Therion" , followed in 1987 by "Into the Pandemonium" . These albums were some of the pivotal LPs for underground metal and inducted a new and more varied sound. Celtic Frost, along with Venom and Bathory were pioneers in the still underground black metal scene, although Celtic Frost were much more experimental with the addition of classical instruments, opera vocals and sampling. They were given the new title of avant-garde metal.

After a subsequent North American tour (which saw the addition of a second guitarist, Ron Marks to the groups ranks), financial trouble, personal tension between the band members and an ill-fated relationship with their record label led to a complete dissolution of the band. Six months later, Warrior decided to reform the band with Stephen Priestly back on drums, Oliver Amberg on guitars and Curt Victor Bryant on bass. The resulting album Cold Lake was a disappointment to most of the group's established fan-base but achieved notable success in the North American market. Bryant fired Amberg and former live guitarist Ron Marks returned as a guest for the recording of Vanity / Nemesis in 1990. The most significant change, however, was the return of early bassist Martin Eric Ain. But Celtic Frost's reputation did not fully recover. The group's next (and, as it would turn out, last for several years) album was a collection of rare and unreleased recordings called Parched with Thirst Am I and Dying in 1992. The compilation's title was inspired by an old Roman prayer. It featured unreleased material, re-recorded versions of older songs and some studio session versions, closing the chapter on one of the most important underground and experimental bands of all time.

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
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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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