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Into The Pandemonium - Celtic Frost

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Celtic Frost / Audio CD released 2006-09-04 at Noise

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      15.05.2008 14:00
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      Celtic Frost's second album (1987).

      'Experimental' is a term that many fans dread, as their favourite band becomes tired of playing the style of music they're best at, and instead trade in their usual kit for weird, exotic tribal instruments in an attempt to get back to basics, or something. Celtic Frost's career entered the experimental phase fairly rapidly, as soon as their second album 'Into the Pandemonium,' and it was a career move that enchanted as many fans as it alienated. I think it's pretty good, but there were undoubtedly some very lousy decisions made along the way.

      The band's heavy thrash style is still present, expressed most clearly in 'Inner Sanctum' and 'Babylon Fell' which stand up to the best material from 'To Mega Therion' and feature greater production that really brings out the bass work, but the rest of the album really is quite different fare. The predominant style seems like a thrash version of The Fall, as songs are led with fairly loose riffs that Tom G. Warrior occasionally accompanies with a stoned vocal performance. It's good when it works, particularly in 'I Won't Dance' which has a nice vocal harmony in the chorus, but the last two songs become tiresome as they sound essentially the same.

      The weirdest tracks depart from metal completely, and while this could conceivably present a fresh of breath air, it doesn't end up working like that. 'Sorrows of the Moon' is a soft orchestral piece narrated by a French woman, and the terrible 'One in Their Pride' is a sort of eighties hip-hop instrumental with a boring electronic drum beat and samples of the moon landing. 'Mexican Radio' is an unusual choice to start the album, an energetic cover of the Wall of Voodoo song, but it's also probably the highest point. Thrash fans should still find something to enjoy on this release, but fans of the avant-garde should stay away unless they want to hear it done really badly. At least they tried.

      1. Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo cover)
      2. Mesmerized
      3. Inner Sanctum
      4. Sorrows of the Moon
      5. Babylon Fell
      6. Caress Into Oblivion
      7. One in Their Pride (Porthole mix)
      8. I Won't Dance (Elder's Orient)
      9. Rex Irae (Requiem: Overture - Fourth Version)
      10. Oriental Masquerade

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Mexican Radio
      2 Mesmerized
      3 Inner Sanctum
      4 Tristesses De La Lune
      5 Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)
      6 Caress Into Oblivion (Jade Serpent II)
      7 One In Their Pride
      8 I Won't Dance (The Elder's Orient)
      9 Sorrows Of The Moon
      10 Rex Irae (Requiem)
      11 Oriental Masquerade
      12 One In Their Pride
      13 In The Chapel In The Moonlight
      14 Inevitable Factor
      15 Inevitable Facto