Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales


3.0
good

Review

by TheHarlotApparatus USER (2 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 15 replies | 1,937 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


Celtic Frost. Along with Venom, Bathory, and Mercyful Fate, they have helped establish the blueprint for Scandinavian metal. From bands like Entombed, to Emperor, to Paradise Lost, Celtic Frost's influence can be heard in most extreme metal, especially symphonic black metal. With albums like Into the Pandemonium and To Mega Therion, Celtic Frost brought many avant-garde elements to heavy metal with unusual instruments, female vocals, and electronics just to name a few. However, before all this there was Morbid Tales, a dirtier, thrashier album that showed Celtic Frost at their roots.

Celtic Frost Is:
Tom G Warrior - Guitars, Vocals
Martin Eric Ain - Bass
Stephen Priestly - Drums

The Good:
For their first album, the overall songwriting and structures are tight and solid. Celtic Frost had found a unique sound in mixing thrash, and doom, creating a truly sinister sound that is both intense and atmospheric. Songs like "Into the Crypts of Rays", "Visions of Mortality", and "Circle of Tyrants" show this and are also highlights of the album.

Another great quality is the experimentation of the album.. The torturous screams of "Human", the haunting chill of "Danse Macrabe" and the semi-operatic satanic grunts of "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" are touchstones that Celtic would later expand upon, creating even denser sounds that highlight the songs. Although these aren't much at first listen, considering this was back in 1984, the unique approach that Tom G. Warrior and crew took is amazing. You can definitely hear the impact these elements have on metal today.

The Bad
Production. This is the thing that hurts the album the most. Although it sounds pretty good for an extreme metal release in 1984, it does not hold up well in today’s standards. Most notably are the thin guitars. There is no real crunch to them. They sounds airy and weak, something that most metal bands try to avoid. Also, the bass drums are too clicky. Despite it being nice to hear them (double kick is very prominent), the clicks do detract from the music and become annoying. As for bass, it is surprising up in the mix. However, it hugs the guitar too much to really be notice.

The other bad quality about this album is the variation involved. Each song has the ability to stand on it's own, but as a whole unit on the album, it wears thin quickly. The songs mostly swap between a mid paced groove and intense yet basic thrash sections, often with very similar shredding style solos. This makes the album hard to listen to as a whole, and thus it brings down it's score.

Conclusion
Even with it's downsides, Morbid Tales is still and enthralling listen for thrash, black, and death metal fans alike. The songs themselves are strong, and are fun to mosh to and it fairly interesting to hear the roots of Celtic Forst and Scandinavian metal as a whole. Despite it's importance to the metal scene Celtic Frost have done better, but this is where it all begun, and is good none the less.

Rating: 3/5

Important to the metal scene, but others may not find much interest in it.

- THA


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*constipated-sounding Tom Warrior grunt*...

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are you morbid?...


Comments:Add a Comment 
metallicaman8
August 20th 2006



4677 Comments


From what I've heard this is actually a pretty good band :/

Not sure whether to believe it now.

TheHarlotApparatus
August 20th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, it's a fairly good album. It has some great songs on it (especially if you are a thrash fan), but it doesn't quite hold up as a whole unit.

As for the band, definitely check out To Mega Therion and Into the Pandemonium. Those releases are a lot better

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2006



16083 Comments


The band is amazing, but I've never heard this album, so I'm not sure what to think.

f_u_c_t
August 20th 2006



1406 Comments


yeah ive heard good things about celtic frost also

Bazarov
August 20th 2006



55 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh.. I love this album.

stinkypoptart
August 20th 2006



1169 Comments


what i heard of these guys i like them.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 20th 2006



810 Comments


Giving early Frost 2.5 is blasphemy.

TheHarlotApparatus
August 20th 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, the problem is the fact that a lot of the songs on here are samey. However, after further inspection, it is better than average so I'll go with a 3.

Freezing Moon
August 22nd 2006



63 Comments


This is a damn classic. No doubt.

Unreal
June 5th 2007



229 Comments


i need to get this album just listen to dethroned emperor, beastly song might not be the best, but i loved it.
you can here he bass!!! and i love that guitar distortion.
this album is at the top of my list.
good review btw, never seen a review with that layout good stuff

EmperorHelix
March 22nd 2009



5 Comments


Classic, but still sounds like shit.

illmitch
July 16th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

plus tom g warrior is one of the best fucking vocalists in metal history

illmitch
July 16th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent decision

pissbore
February 8th 2013



9935 Comments


bump in honor of black metal history month

NeroCorleone80
February 21st 2014



28832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Much better than a 3

Digging: Howlin Wolf - Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight



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