Heroes of the extreme metal scene, there has always been so much more to Celtic Frost'smusic. From Morbid Tales (1984), through To Mega Therion (1985), onwards to Into The Pandemonium (1987) and finally Vanity/Nemesis (1990), this is a band who refused to conform or follow any specific musical direction. They experimented, took risks and in the process have left behind a remarkable catalogue which is timeless and extraordinary. When you hear these albums, you'll appreciate why succeeding generations of diehard fans and cutting edge bands are so heavily inspired and influenced by Celtic Frost.
It almost seems churlish to regard Celtic Frost as one of the great extreme metal bands, because they were so much more than that. It's better to hail them as among the finest extreme and experimental bands of the 1980s. 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. Their catalog of albums is formidable and unmatched. Each is not only unique, but part of an entire tapestry that only now can be appreciated for being a remarkable part of music history. 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. They climbed high because they were never afraid to fall. Which is why the band are now rightly regarded as icons, and iconoclasts.
Originally released in 1985, the band's second album To Mega Therion has an ominous pall of doom and gloom, enmeshed in a sound both primitive yet also Wagnerian in its vast scope. Many claim this was a massive inspiration for black metal bands later in the decade. In truth, though, none matched what Celtic Frost laid down here. Fully remastered under the band's supervision, this gatefold 180g 2LP reissue includes the Emperor's Return EP as well as aremix of "Visual Aggression" plus two 12" x 24" posters and a 36 page booklet.