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Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

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Their first two albums, To Mega Therion and Into The Pandemonium, are widely considered classics of the period and genre, and have proven very influential. One ingrained narrative of the modernist 1980s is that music slumped midway through the decade, with all of the creative verve that powered post punk sedated until acid house culture livened things up once again. As far as I’m aware, this one can only be obtained as part of this collection and is definitely a collector’s piece. Intensely heavy, nuanced and experimental, the record was a radical musical statement of intent; a stunning synthesis of Warrior and Ain's disparate influences.

The album’s experimentation is still striking today, challenging how we perceive heavy music and what it means to take music risks. Danse Macabre" captures the radical ambition and evolution of CELTIC FROST from 1984 through to 1987. As with the other released on here, this is the original version of the album / EP and not the expanded version. S., "Danse Macabre" brings together the band's recordings from those years, capturing their boundary-pushing ambition and creative zeal.There was this tiny little label from Germany who specialized in cassette boxes and cassette releases, and they asked if they could use the material from these reissues in 2017 and make a cassette box. A cover of Wall Of Voodoo’s ‘Mexican Radio’ is such an odd opening track for their next LP Into The Pandemonium (1987), and is perhaps the first clear signal that there is more than some dissatisfaction with the ‘restrictiveness’ of extreme metal. Even though their radicalism – a desire to be nastier, more fucked up, faster, louder, more explosive and more repulsive than any other band – was won via naivety.

While the recording quality is top notch with the bass really thumping, it still has that slightly tinny and “recorded live” feel you often get from early releases. There are more than a few moments here when it would be easier to look back and compare Celtic Frost to The Cure or Dead Can Dance than to Slayer or Exodus, while pointing the way forwards to the Young Gods and Jane’s Addiction. There may well be a track or two missing, but this box is very good and far more complete than some boxes I’ve seen.It, and CELTIC FROST's previous releases, increasingly received critical acclaim, which emboldened the band to take more risks, to push the boundaries of heavy music even further with their next album. There’s no denying the Black Sabbath influence (but, hell, what band wasn’t influenced by the Black Country’s favourite sons? Interestingly it features two songs which were already on Morbid Tales, at least on the US version included in this package.

From the very beginning, Triptykon when we play live, it’s always 50/50; 50% Triptykon music/50% from the Celtic Frost catalog.Replete with iconic cover art by HR Giger, “To Mega Therion” imposes its dark majesty from the off with the orchestral bombast of “Innocence And Wrath”, before launching into the savagery of the hook-laden “The Usurper”. The vocals in particular sometimes come across as a little breathless and attempting to push through the music – more like someone singing while playing rather than tracked separately. It’s not that there aren’t absolutely jaw-breaking riffs on here – there are – it’s just that the most convincing and memorable tracks are the likes of ‘Rex Irae (Requiem: Overture – Fourth Version)’ and ‘Oriental Masquerade’ which only bear a casual similarity to metal of the day, the jumping off point being very adventurous British post punk and the early releases of the 4AD label given a brutal and elegiac makeover.

With your other band Triumph of Death, a tribute to Hellhammer, are there any upcoming dates for this band?During a recent Zoom chat, Celtic Frost co-founder/guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Warrior discussed the epic box set, the disbanding of Celtic Frost, his current band Triptykon and his upcoming plans. Albums such as 1985’s To Mega Therion have been cited as influences by everyone from Kurt Cobain to the second-wave black metallers of the early 1990s. But we narrowed it down to three titles and from those titles I personally felt, given what the content of this box set is, Danse Macabre would best represent it. Arguably despite being a little off the wall in places, Into The Pandemonium still manages to be very accessible, especially for fans of older rock and roll. Despite, or maybe because of, constant turmoil on so many fronts, Celtic Frost achieved an artistic level few others would even have dared to dream of aspiring towards.



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