Morbid Tales

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though they'd been together for barely a year and had yet to play their first concert, Celtic Frost brought a remarkably accomplished vision to the recording of their first album, 1984's Morbid Tales. With its highly focused thrash metal intensity and peculiar mix of satanic and esoteric lyrics, the album would sow the seeds of Frost's overwhelming influence in years to come. And, along with the powerful visual impact of its bandmembers' leather-bound wardrobe and badly-drawn facial corpse paint, songs like "Visions of Mortality" and "Morbid Tales" would be analyzed, digested, and regurgitated by manic hordes of disillusioned European youths forming their own death ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Though they'd been together for barely a year and had yet to play their first concert, Celtic Frost brought a remarkably accomplished vision to the recording of their first album, 1984's Morbid Tales. With its highly focused thrash metal intensity and peculiar mix of satanic and esoteric lyrics, the album would sow the seeds of Frost's overwhelming influence in years to come. And, along with the powerful visual impact of its bandmembers' leather-bound wardrobe and badly-drawn facial corpse paint, songs like "Visions of Mortality" and "Morbid Tales" would be analyzed, digested, and regurgitated by manic hordes of disillusioned European youths forming their own death metal bands in years to come. Following the hellish primal screams of intro "Human," and the lethal speed metal of "Into the Crypts of Rays," Tom Warrior aka Thomas Gabriel Warrior and company lock into a fierce groove which rarely falters through to the last riff of closer "Nocturnal Fear." With its primitive grind, the excellent "Procreation Of the Wicked" later covered by Sepultura remains a career highlight, but shows no sign of the band's future experiments in avant-garde metal. In fact, these are only hinted at by the female voice recital utilized in "Return to the Eve," and the bizarre noise experiments of "Danse Macabre" -- a collage of sound effects, violin, Warrior's moans, and all-around mayhem. As for Celtic Frost's own source of inspiration, Venom and other New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands provide the bulk of it. The main riff of "Dethroned Emperor," for instance, simply offers a slight variation of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil." But it was Celtic Frost's very isolation from rock's typical breeding grounds which fed their uniquely European perspective. Had they not been impoverished outcasts within Switzerland's protective prosperity in their formative years, it is unlikely that theirs could have been such a twisted and wonderful evolution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/1998
  • Label: Noise
  • UPC: 823107400623
  • Catalog Number: 74006
  • Sales rank: 17,348

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celtic Frost Primary Artist
Horst Muller Vocals
Thomas Gabriel Warrior Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Stephen Priestly Percussion, Drums
Reed St. Mark Percussion, Drums
Martin Eric Ain Bass, Voices
Technical Credits
Celtic Frost Arranger
Horst Muller Arranger, Sound Effects, Engineer, Mastering
Walter J.W. Schmid Remastering
Phil Lawrence Illustrations
Thomas Gabriel Warrior Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, Cover Design
Stephen Priestly Sound Effects
Martin Eric Ain Composer, Sound Effects, Producer
Tom Gabriel Fischer Liner Notes, Cover Design, Logo, Reissue Design
Phil Lawvere Cover Art
Rick Light Producer
Angelika Bardou Reissue Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    If you’re into metal, especially speed/thrash metal, you will really like this album. The music itself reminds me of Venom (the vocalist at times sounds exactly like the Venom vocalist). This is not to downplay any aspect of the music as the vocalist does some unique/cool things with his voice (e.g. “Ooooooo,” “OWWWW!!!!” and “Uhhhhh”). I’m not a huge Venom fan, but Celtic Frost do a great, or even better job at creating a dark atmosphere. I wouldn’t really call this a “satanic” album, it’s more of a dark album. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you put on the headphones, turn off the lights and listen to track 8, “Danse Macabre” (the best depiction of hell I have ever heard—very disturbing). The music itself is fast at times— not “death metal fast,” “Venom fast.” The riffs are usually doomy and sluggish, then the music makes a sudden change in tempo as in “Visions of Mortality.” The music itself isn’t too complex. Just listen to the drumming in “Return to the Eve.” Again, this doesn’t subtract at all from the music, because music can still be relatively simple but still enjoyable, like this classic. This is the remastered version, but the three bonus tracks from an EP were kept in their original masters (cheaper? or is that a ploy to force you to buy To Mega Therion for “Circle of the Tyrants”?). They’re still good though, you just got to turn up the volume a few more notches.

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