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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Finesse,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)The musical growth demonstrated over Celtic Frost's first three albums was staggering and this album represents their peak as an extreme metal band before they got even more wildly experimental on Into The Pandemonium. Although this is a brutally heavy album it's the addition of female backing vocals, classical instruments and lyrically and musically more complex songs that gives it another dimension, not to mention the incredible H.R. Giger artwork. Once the booming french horn kicks off Innocence and Wrath you know you are in for a unique listening experience. The album is strong throughout but The Usurper, Dawn of Meggido, Circle of the Tyrants and Necromantical Screams are all classics and deserve special mention.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 devastating tracks from doom to black to thrash metal.,
The album was re-mastered and re-released in 1999 with the tracks 2,3 and 11 having a remix and partial re-recording in 1986. The remix of “Jewel Throne” was not previously available on CD.
Celtic Frost have delivered an album that stands as a classic metal offering to reflect the final apocalypse. Throughout the album, the group unleash a morbid and dark atmosphere to the aggressive yet reasonably slow-paced, doom-sounding music. “Eternal Summer” picks up a more classic thrash pace, with solid, chunky guitars that thrash out a barrage of down beat riffs to the powerful vocals of Thomas Gabriel warrior.
Often thought of as Celtic Frost greatest offering, “To Mega Therion” is a superb example of the creative ability and morbid depths that the band were capable of. Artist and friend H.R. Giger produced the cover artwork for the album with his 1977 piece “Satan I” and the inside booklet artwork with the painting “Victory III” from 1981-83.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic occult-themed metal, possibly CF's best.,
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'Usurper' and 'Fainted Eyes' are classic skullcrushing workouts, while 'Dawn of Meggido'and 'Circle of the Tyrants' manage to achieve an ominous sense of doom in the listener, something which Tom G would no doubt approve of. The album's greatest moment, however, similar in feel (and track placing) to "Into the Pandemonium"'s 'Rex Irae' is 'Necromantical Screams', which sees Frost truly move into the realms of the avant garde. Some of the other tracks, while very good, don't fit in as well with the overall feel of the album, though: 'Eternal Summer' sounds like a Metallica cover, while 'Beyond the North Winds' is almost poppy, at least by CF standards (don't mention Cold Lake!). Last, and definitely least, 'Tears in a Prophet's Dream'is a tedious 'noise experiment' that will have most fans reaching for the 'next track' button.
Anyways, if you like your music HEAVY, or have any other Celtic Frost albums, then this is an essential purchase.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Frost,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)Well having kerrang put me off buying the Morbid tales EP and Emperors return EP with low ratings and rumours of sloppy playing , i couldnt resist buying this LP whatever they said ( gatefold sleeve , great art work , esoteric song titles it spelt out greatness ) . It blew me away from the first song to the last , fantastic guitar sound ,Doomy yet thrashy great vocals ( death grunts all over the place ), time changes , progressive interludes , guitar solos that make you grab the sweeping brush n air guitar too , strange that Tom once said he hated his own solos ?? But basically its heavy metal all the way , even with the experimentation involved . Its brilliant , if you love doom thrash death whatever extreme metal is called nowadays you wont fail to like this . To be honest the next release Into the pandemonium got massive 5 star reviews , the true metal heads were not taken in though , it was rubbish compared to this . We know where the best Frost lies , its on here . Get it !!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)This album has an intoxicating aura about it that is equal parts filthily dark, epic, menacing and seductive. Frost never surpassed this and never could have done; they had the sense to move away from its brutality and darkness and find other equally valid means of expression. No thrash/death/whatever album comes close to this in terms of its relentlessly bleak atmosphere and crushing heaviness. This is a serious album. This is as good as it gets.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacks something,
This review is from: To Mega Therion [VINYL] (Vinyl)Not a bad metal album, not at all. But not really a great metal album either. This album shows Celtic Frost finding their own sound, but it still feels a bit like a work in progress. Several excellent songs, and there are good parts in almost all the tracks, but the album lacks consistency. Long parts are downright boring, but the boys deserve credit for experimenting and pushing both their own and the genre's limits.
Bonus star for the occult references.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooooooh!!!!,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)Celtic Frost are the Marmite of the music industry.. you either love them, or you despise them!! I happen to love them and this album is one of the reasons why. Heavy, doomy, at times a bit thrashy and some great additional orchestral and operatic vocal touches - way ahead of it's time in 1985. R.I.P Celtic Frost.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Heavy Metal,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)This is raw, primitive stuff, crushing, gritty and very nearly epic in places. Their influence on bands cannot be underestimated either; Darkthrone are an obvious example, even Cradle of Filth seem to owe a debt to them. Celtic Frost themselves are like a heavier Venom; they have a strong rock element which gives their music a nice groove which is almost irresistible. There are quite heavy moments of doom goodness to be had as well. In fact there is a lot of everything to be had with this album making it incredibly diverse and dynamic, something that cannot be said about a lot of the sub genres influenced by this band.
It is an album that demands to be played in some gritty, dark pub while you sit in a corner downing pint after pint with friends in a big headbanger ritual of heavy metal, before finding yourself waking up at a beach somewhere. Again.
Don't bother with single tracks, listen to the album as a whole from start to finish and enjoy the flow of absolutely amazing tracks with no weak links and an almost endless supply of bang your head moments. Party album of all time and beyond.
Buy it now because even today it is one of the best heavy metal albums you could find and deserves to be in every top ten metal album list alongside Black Sabbath and Motorhead.
5.0 out of 5 stars Own it cause you're a metalhead,
This review is from: To Mega Therion (Audio CD)What an underrated band for my opinion, this album is so special, i can put it in my stereo in loops again and again and never get tired.
The album have dirty or "rotten" sound, it is so metal, in some way it could be creepy but you don't have to be a black metal fan, this album is heavy enough.
If you are looking for quality hearing you should own it. Every track is better the other one.
Buy it! Immediately! \m/
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Frost is the most influential Metal Band ever,
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