Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion


4.5
superb

Review

by Geadom USER (9 Reviews)
June 17th, 2013 | 101 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic in every sense of the Word, To Mega Therion not only helps in the creation of a genre on its baby steps, it also foresees its future, managing to stay forever relevant.

Black Metal. Just think of the term: Guys with a lot of corpse paint, inverted crosses, shrieking vocals, lots of spikes (and flamboyant shots in the most amazingly ridiculous photos) are without doubt the first thing to come in mind. But what about the music? It’s all about the image?

Celtic Frost, were a band from Switzerland that arose from the ashes of Hellhammer , an early extreme metal band, with only two of its members crossing over. Regarded as a “first wave” and “pioneering” black metal band, thanks to their first EP, Morbid Tales , it wasn’t until the sophomore release, To Mega Therion where the band truly found their niche.

Powered by slower chugging and more expressive but simpler power chord patterns than before, it’s Tom Fischer (guitars, vocals) delivery that really makes the album so IMPRESSIVE, even by today standards – his vocals are simply so charming, evil, and ambitious (by the time), that even nowadays you can’t help but to be just attracted to them. It might sound like a thrash/ heavy metal vocalist with some grunts in between (the infamous HEY! And UH! That are so prominent in the album), but where Fischer really outshines himself is in the lyrics.

Just pick a random song, and I dare you to find anything unimaginative about the mostly occult lyrics, that seems pulled straight from the best esoteric books. Cuts like Silver horses brought us here, to the edge of the universe / We left the falling walls as the stars' collapse began (From Jewel Throne) and Humiliated in human form/We have to die to be reborn /Awaiting the final judgment/The dawn now lifts (Dawn of Megiddo), are inevitable going to make your mind drift away to battles between good and evil, fallen kings and angels, desolated wastelands, and all the lore from the past. Coupled with GREAT female backing vocals (not overused, as today black metal abuses) really make some tracks just go further on the illusionary scale (Necromantical Screams being the prime example).

The rest of the instrumentation while not as prominent, are no slouch either: Dominic Steiner bass doesn’t get that much spotlight, due to its nature to follow Fischer lines, but provides one hell (literally) of a backbone to the music, coupled with Reed St. Mark drumming; that is not really that diverse, but keeps the pace really nicely, like a walkway to the depths of abyss, slow but secure (Circle of the Tyrants, Return to the Eve). Overall they end up making the album feel in the vicinity of evilness, especially after adding the French horn effect that pops up so unexpectedly, always managing to get a chill or chuckle, truly a sign of great songwriting.

Relating more to thrash metal than the subgenre they (unknowingly) where creating, Celtic Frost manage to make an hell of an album that introduces many of the clichés so well known in today’s Black Metal library – Instrumentations, sound effects, backing female vocals, occult and mystical lyrics -, but those elements are delivered in such and honest and precise package, that makes it really easy to forget some of its minor flaws: some riffs tend to repeat themselves for a tad longer than necessary, an instrumental that doesn’t add that much to the album (Tears in a prophet´s dream), and musical delivery most aligned with heavy / thrash metal than what anyone would expect from black metal (a trait with all the first wave bands), most noted in Fischer’s random grunts.

If someone was to ask me what I thought about Black Metal and its imagery, I would answer pointing towards To Mega Therion, as a great album that doesn’t depend on the gimmicks it creates, managing on the same page to use them to stay as the relevant classic it is.

Recommended tracks:
The Usurper
Jewel Throne
Dawn of Megiddo
Circle of the Tyrants
Necromantical Screams



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Geadom
June 17th 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bah, yall know the drill: Not a native english speaker, please point the mistakes so i can fix em right away.

No offense to the other review, but this GEM surely deserved more.

possbire
June 17th 2013


141 Comments


hard pos'd

possbire
June 17th 2013


141 Comments


only "grammatical mistake" would be that morbid tales was an EP, not an LP

NeroCorleone80
June 17th 2013


29096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking great record m/

Geadom
June 17th 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There were a couple more, but everything seems ok now. Thanks for the pos/correction, piss. This album really deserves an informative review, more people need to get into this!

facupm
June 17th 2013


7785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been meaning to listen to this for a while Geadom, your review has motivated me

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facupm
June 17th 2013


7785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd of course

Geadom
June 17th 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys. Send the mods a request to make this the default review, i hope it gets approved.

facupm
June 17th 2013


7785 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It should

manosg
June 18th 2013


6139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, highly influential. Of course, pos.

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EvoHavok
June 18th 2013


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh finally. A proper review for this :D.

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SlMBOLlC
June 18th 2013


5207 Comments


prob the most m/ album title and cover combo EVER

SlMBOLlC
June 18th 2013


5207 Comments


EVER

Epictemptation
June 18th 2013


88 Comments


That album cover looks so badass

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2013


20747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. Pos'd hard.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2013


19797 Comments


nice to see you reviewing again bro you ain't lost it!

pos'd hard really informative and thoughtful review

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Geadom
June 20th 2013


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

this review was made the default one for this album. Hope ya´ll found it informative (the point of it, after all).

I SAIIIIIDDDD


HEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


HUH!


Thanks again for the props, guys!

Funeralopolis
June 20th 2013


11413 Comments


This album abuses "ooo" like it is the centre of their songwriting

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demigod!
June 20th 2013


44557 Comments


hey

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Funeralopolis
June 20th 2013


11413 Comments


sup



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