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Emperor's Return - Celtic Frost

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Celtic Frost / Audio CD released 1988-10-01 at Noise

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      15.05.2008 12:07
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      Celtic Frost's first two EPs (1984, 1985).

      Swiss extreme metal pioneers Celtic Frost foreshadowed their classic early albums with these two EPs released in 1984 and '85, prior to their full-length debut 'To Mega Therion.' Later combined into a full-length in their own right, with some moderate track shuffling, these early recordings are great artefacts of metal history, even if some of the material is noticeably lacking compared to their later successes.

      As with many early metal recordings, the full effect of the listening experience is much more than the music itself, which, although handled by some fine personnel, is occasionally lacking in creativity, and often sounds more or less exactly like something from Sodom, Venom or Kreator around the same time. These EPs boast a natural atmosphere of darkness that far exceeds the desperate attempts by more modern black metal bands to evoke something similar, and the sludgy tone of the guitars, hoarse bark of the vocals and echoing drums establish the perfect nocturnal pulse, while still remaining incessantly catchy in songs such as opener 'Into the Crypts of Rays,' 'Suicidal Winds' and the band's most well-known song 'Circle of the Tyrants,' here presented in an earlier version than its album incarnation.

      The speed varies from fast thrash to a slow and steady crawl that becomes a little too much to bear when repeated in close succession, and while these songs aren't going to turn any heads today, they're still just as enjoyable for those who are into it.

      1. Into the Crypts of Rays
      2. Visions of Mortality
      3. Dethroned Emperor
      4. Morbid Tales
      5. Circle of the Tyrants
      6. Procreation (Of the Wicked)
      7. Return to the Eve
      8. Danse Macabre
      9. Nocturnal Fear
      10. Suicidal Winds
      11. Visual Aggression


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    1. Human (Intro)/ 2. Into the Crypts of Rays / 3. Visions of Mortality / 4. Dethroned Emperor / 5. Morbid Tales / 6. Procreation (Of the Wicked) / 7. Return to the Eve / 8. Danse Macabre / 9. Nocturnal Fear / 10. Circle of the Tyrants / 11. Visual Aggression / 12. Suicidal Winds

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