Celtic Frost
Cold Lake


2.0
poor

Review

by Steven Moore USER (24 Reviews)
January 17th, 2007 | 52 replies | 16,287 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An forgettable attempt to go mainstream. Celtic Frost should have stuck with what they were good at.

8 of 13 thought this review was well written

Celtic Frost is a band often credited for being on of the fathers of black metal. Although Celtic Frost was never really a full blown black metal band, their music has hints of thrash metal as well as a little death metal. After being looked at as one of the most brutal bands of their time they gained a lot of respect from listeners, especially in Europe. But somewhere along the line things changed for Celtic Frost. Aside from lead man Tom “Warrior” Fischer, the band wanted a change. This change resulted in Tom Warrior separating from the group. The result of this change was titled Cold Lake.

It is possible the Celtic Frost grew tired of making heavier music. Another possibility for this change was seeing the success of bands like Poison, Motley Crue and Ratt; perhaps they were looking to make more money. Whatever the reason Celtic Frost changed everything about themselves including their image, sound and lyrics. Despite the change to try and be more radio friendly and commercially successful Cold Lake was a flop. Reviews and overlooks of the album proved to all disapprove of Celtic Frosts new sound. Faithful fans of the band looked at the band as “sell outs” for attempting to go commercial and appeal to the masses.

In the end though it’s the music that matters right. And yes if Celtic Frost had gone from black metal for hair metal style music and it was good, then yes it wouldn’t really matter to me. Sadly like many of the glam metal albums out there Cold Lake proves to be rather average. Many of the tracks prove to have a very similar sound. The truth is Cold Lake does not have much variation. Songs such as “Downtown Hanoi” or “(Once) They Were Eagles” have the potential to be decent songs. Unfortunately these songs are a bit too simple for my taste and do not have enough substance to them.

It is pretty safe to say this is a glam metal album for the most part. Although a lot of the album still has a little bit of the traces of thrash metal here and there. Some tracks are a bit heavier then typical 80’s hair metal. Despite this fact there is still nothing spectacular in Cold Lake. Instrumentally there is no impressive amount of talent shown off in this album. Where the artists of Celtic Frost have proven to be talented in their earlier black metal works seem to pack less of a punch in the glam metal scene. Guitar lines prove to have potential as some are catchy and fun, but in the end there is nothing memorable here.

Regardless of the music not being entirely unique or memorable Cold Lake is not an unbearable or awful album. The problem with Cold Lake is the music is just a little below average. And while yes Celtic Frost stopped doing what they were good at and changed gears Cold Lake is not the equivalent of having your ears drilled out. Mainly the issue with this album is we have nothing here that makes you want to listen to it over and over again. The songs are basic and easily forgettable. Despite there being songs with potential, some songs including “Cherry Orchards”, “Blood on Kisses” or “Seduce me Tonight” kill a lot of things this album could have been.

Cold Lake is forgettable Glam Metal in a Nutshell. With basic vocals and simple instrumentals we don’t have anything that Celtic Frost can revere as a step in the right direction or a revolution. It is fortunate that Tom decided to reform the band and save them from the direction they decided to go, bringing them back to their black metal roots with their few more recent releases. Even if you are a fan of the glam metal scene I would not recommend this for you. And don’t make the mistake of getting this album thinking you are getting something black metal because the last thing Cold Lake is would be what Celtic Frost was meant to be, Black Metal.

Final Rating 2/5



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Angmar
January 17th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lots of reviews being submitted, thanks to whatever people voted.

wikuk
January 17th 2007



1110 Comments


I've heard some Celtic Frost a few days back, but it didn't appeal much to me. Too much trash instead of black metal. It's a nice review.

Angmar
January 17th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

too bad 2 people negged

Waterloo_Sunset
January 17th 2007



452 Comments


is it pronouned Kel-tic or Cell-tic Frost?

Angmar
January 17th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kel-Tic I believe anyone else got comments about the review?

freudianslipknot
January 17th 2007



803 Comments


Well you certainly convinced me not to get this. I thought the review was quite good - interesting, in fact, since I basically know nothing about this band - maybe you got negged by a couple of rabid celtic frost fans.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2007



17914 Comments


Maybe they just felt like making some different music. It doesn't mean they were trying to be "mainstream" or "radio-friendly." It seems like a lot of your arguments are based on "this isn't black metal omg."

Also you said nothing about vocals and lyrics, and not enough about the instruments.

Intransit
January 17th 2007



2797 Comments


You did miss the vocals and lyrics, but it was an ok review aside from that. Trim some fat out of there, kill the repetition, and add in more detail and I'll pos it

FatalEnergy
January 17th 2007



40 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album has a few catchy tunes on it, but some of it is complete crap.

Angmar
January 17th 2007



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Maybe they just felt like making some different music. It doesn't mean they were trying to be "mainstream" or "radio-friendly." It seems like a lot of your arguments are based on "this isn't black metal omg."


WTF are you talking about the only thing i said close to that was they shifted to something else that didnt turn out as good as thier original work. I gave this an honest chance and tried my best to review this as if it werent a black metal band. And yeah i probubly should have gone into more detail about more vocals but still...


TojesDolan
July 21st 2007



272 Comments


Some obscure metal kids must have negged your review.- Amyway, Monotheist was slightly interesting.

TojesDolan
July 21st 2007



272 Comments


double post :|This Message Edited On 07.21.07

LepreCon
March 13th 2010



3544 Comments


Underrated album

Terrifyer
August 27th 2010



3403 Comments


just listened to this for the first time. its not a 1

Duderino
April 21st 2011



827 Comments


lol yes it is

Spec
June 6th 2011



26836 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Black/Glam metal?

Wombat988
November 3rd 2011



387 Comments


No one pointed this out yet? Ok then.
>An forgettable attempt to go mainstream.
>An forgettable
>An

Spec
November 18th 2011



26836 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah. It's a little late though.

KILL
January 4th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

m/

macadoolahicky
February 3rd 2012



1835 Comments


"An forgettable..."

Spellcheck ;)



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