I was moved to write my first review by a conviction that this CD is worth more than the 3/5 it was currently rating ...
So, Celtic Frost are far from perfect, that's a fact. And I'll willingly confess to the fact that good friends have laughed at me (for hours) for owning their records ... not to mention the "acquired taste" that is the Hellhammer EP.
However ... for those of a certain musical prediliction, this is very good, original, influential stuff. Celtic Frost showed that you could write catchy songs without a whiff of melody, crunchingly heavy songs that you could tap along to without the aid of a pneumatic drill, and get away with grunts, opera singers and the most unmusical guitar solos known to man.
The majesty of To Mega Therion and the originality of Into the Pandemonium couldn't have come from a band who hadn't released stuff like this, and if you listen you can hear the roots here ... not to mention the fact that this album rocks more than the subsequent ones do. And forget about Cold Lake and Vanity / Nemesis, they're irrelevant to the fact that the early Frost were seminal, and Xavier Russell in Kerrang! was right all those years ago when he called the Frosties the "Sabbath of the Eighties". I mean, after all, no other band since has stuck quite so rigidly to the rule that all riffs MUST be played exactly four times.
This is just so good I'm going to have to go listen to it again right now ... if you see my neighbours, apologise for the noise.