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To Mega Therion
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2008
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Celtic Frost, To Mega Therion - Back in 1985, the Swiss lords of the extreme metal genre released their second full-length album. The release followed the 1984 album “Morbid Tales” and the “Emperor’s Return” E.P. of the following year. The three-piece thrash band with deep black metal roots created a uniquely original album, which brought the addition of female vocals being used briefly within tracks (a first for the musical genre), along with the darkly atmospheric pounding of kettle drums for the album's intro track “Innocence And Wrath”.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2001
This is the first album where Frost really found their own sound, ("melodic doom?"): where Morbid Tales (and previous outings with Hellhammer) struggled to stand apart from the death metal pack, To Mega Therion ("The Great Beast") sees them finding a power and darkness rarely seen in the often cliched and sometimes silly world of occult-themed, or 'Black', metal, while Tom G Warrior (Fischer)'s throaty guttural roar manages to impress rather than amuse. (nice percussive diaphragm noises too!)
'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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2012
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 !!!!!
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I was thirteen years old in 1985 when I bought this masterpiece on gatefold vinyl and it still thrills me today!! I was drawn to the H.R. Giger artwork
that was so dark and evil that I was almost afraid to pick the album up. I remember hiding this record from my parents as it would surely freak them out. I played it through headphones on my Hi fi in my room and what came through the headphones blew me away completely. I remember feeling like God was angry with me for having this very dark piece of art but I still felt compelled to listen to it all the same. The "Innocence and Wrath" intro was atmospheric and dark with kettle drums, French horns and other orchestral instruments backing up the heavy guitars and drums of the band, it was majestic!!! Ethereal female vocals added to the atmosphere bringing beauty to the beastliness of the songs. To this day this is my very favourite Celtic Frost album and after 30 years of owning it, it still remains as fresh and thrilling as ever!!! This album has some of Celtic Frost's best songs on it like "Usurper", "Jewel Throne", "Dawn of Meggido", "Circle of the Tyrants" and "my personal favourites "Tears in the Prophets Dream" and "Necromantical Screams". If you love dark, atmospheric, heavy, intense and ground breaking music then you really need to get this album. "To Mega Therion" is a triumph of will and a manifestation of pure genius, it has stood the test of time and is a monolith of Avant-garde, Blackened - Death - Thrash Metal. Buy this album and swoon in ecstasy!!!
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on 20 September 2012
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2012
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.
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on 23 April 2013
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.
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on 13 September 2012
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/
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on 19 January 2013
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.
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