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Danse Macabre

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And into this situation, the promoter from the Hell’s Heroes Festival in Texas came and asked us if we would be interested in playing the first few Celtic Frost albums in their entirety. I like the fact that the rehearsals are included, which allows fans to compare and contrast between the actual tracks and go back and forth and listen. The plans – amazing in their thoroughness, charting a series of singles, EPs and albums including sleeve art, a touring schedule and even plans for photo shoots – were convincing enough to persuade Noise to transfer the deal to the new project, which was fine apart from the fact that the label wanted to test the water by releasing a mini-album first, something that wasn’t part of the new Celtic Frost gameplan.

And we can’t really blame the NME too much here, given that much emergent death metal, black metal, grindcore and so on was initially all but ignored by the Phil Collins and Bon Jovi-supporting Kerrang! Although legendary Swiss metal band Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008, a new expansive vinyl box set entitled Danse Macabre will see the light of day on November 25th, 2022. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. 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. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves.Intensely heavy, nuanced and experimental, the record was a radical musical statement of intent; a stunning synthesis of Warrior and Ain‘s disparate influences. If there is a problem with Celtic Frost in this period it isn’t our problem but unfortunately theirs.

Refusing ever to do what was expected or demanded, the band constantly changed musical direction, always brought in surprising influences, and kept people guessing as to where they might venture next. Interestingly it features two songs which were already on Morbid Tales, at least on the US version included in this package. It’s more of a rock n’ roller, with an interesting use of backing vocals in the chorus as well as some background recordings. They were still an active entity when I was in my formative metal years, but just one of the many bands I didn’t pursue. My friend Calum Harvie from the UK made brand new interviews about that particular period of Celtic Frost with me and Reed St.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. The Tragic Serenades EP was both a chance to bring Martin Ain back into the fold and to improve on what they felt was a lacklustre production job by re-recording three To Mega Therion tracks. It also marks them out as a band who were using up all of their own potential roads in every single direction at an insane pace, creating maps for others who would follow, while getting little of the benefit themselves in the short term. There’s definitely a more atmospheric and experimental sound as the tracks progress, perhaps heading towards the sound that Fischer and Ain envisioned when they first sat down to plot Celtic Frost’s future one night in 1984.

Recorded in Hanover at the start of 1987, “Into The Pandemonium” was not an easy album to make, the band’s experimental ambitions often at odds with their label’s concerns.Danse Macabre" captures the radical ambition and evolution of CELTIC FROST from 1984 through to 1987. The album's experimentation is still striking today, challenging how we perceive heavy music and what it means to take music risks. As such, this review is essentially my very first exposure to their music (aside from unwittingly hearing “Circle of the Tyrants” on Obituary’s Cause of Death and not knowing it was a cover).

I guess that makes this one more unique, but personally I'd have preferred all Vinyls in this set to reflect the original tracklistings, still a fantastic box set regardless.But as we saw with Black Sabbath, new doors can be kicked open with very little in the way of planning, with revolutionary results; perhaps what is more interesting is looking at which artists stride purposefully through these doors that have arguably only been booted open accidentally. Also included is a double-sided A2 poster, a ‘Necromaniac Union’ fan club enamel badge, a Danse Macabre sew-on woven patch, and a ‘Heptagram’ figurine USB drive containing MP3 audio of all the albums, including bonus tracks (vinyl release only). It is intense, blistering, but as you’d expect from such a debut it’s still a little rough’n’ready in places.

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