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Into The Pandemonium (Vinyl)
Released: 2017, Noise Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
It was back in the mid-late 80’s that I discovered Celtic Frost. Their video for “Circle Of The Tyrants” was played on the Power Hour and I was mesmerised. Nothing had I seen or heard before was that heavy, or cool. I became obsessed with that song and video so much so that a schoolmate started calling me Celtic Bob and it stuck. Here we are 30 years later and I am still Celtic Bob and still listening to “Circle Of The Tyrants”.
When I read the news that there was going to be deluxe reissues of the Celtic Frost catalog I was beyond ecstatic. I was hoping for some nicely pressed LP’s as I am a vinyl junkie. Then I read there would be double vinyl sets with deluxe booklets and my excitement grew then, the more I read, the more something was not right. Something was missing..............COLD LAKE. My favourite Frost album was MIA. I knew Tom hated it but for the sake of completion?
Another album with spectacular artwork on the cover. Back in the day, before the internet it was the cover artwork that grabbed your attention and helped sell you the album. Back in the 80’s I bought many LP’s and tapes based solely on how the cover looked. If the artwork and band looked cool, then it was a purchase. Nowadays, that is lost with digital. For me, an LP is how music is supposed to be experienced. Put the record on the platter, drop the needle in the groove and listen while you gaze at the cover, reading the liner notes…the whole experience. Noise Records have it right with these Celtic Frost reissues in every way possible.
The packaging for this is exceptional. A beautiful gatefold sleeve, 2 glossy foldout posters and a beyond amazing 36 page book. Yes, 36 page book. The book is about 10x10 in size and filled with photos, lyrics, information and essays. I own hundreds of LP’s and apart from a couple of boxed sets I have never seen such a wonderful book included with a record in my life. I will be keeping mine on one of my bookshelves as it is too thick to store inside the record sleeve for an extended period. The photos of the bands early days is a real treat. Many of which I have never seen before.
INTO THE PANDEMONIUM begins with a cover of “Mexican Radio” by Wall Of Voodoo. I am not normally one for covers but this was my first time hearing the song and after checking out the original I have to say I much prefer the Frost’ed version. You hardly know they are the same song. A perfect lead off track to begin the album as it sets the tone for the slight change in sound that begins with one of my personal favourites, “Mesmerised” which is kind of like a Metal version of The Cure in places which I never really noticed until I started to really dive deep into these new remasters. It is as though I am discovering the band all over again, which I am essentially. These new remastered LP’s breathe a new life into the albums. They sound new while maintaining everything we love about the originals. They were tweaked perfectly.
Apart from having to give them a quick cleaning before putting them on my HiF, these are perfect. They sound incredible and the packaging is second to none. Even if not endorsed by Tom G, they are essential.
01. Mexican Radio
03. Inner Sanctum
04. Tristesses De La Lune
05. Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)
06. Caress Into Oblivion (Jade Serpent II)
07. One In Their Pride (Porthole Mix)
08. I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)
09. Rex Irae (Requiem)
10. Oriental Masquerade
* Bonus Tracks
11. Sorrows Of The Moon
12. The Inevitable Factor
13. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
14. One In Their Pride (Re-Entry Mix)
15. The Inevitable Factor (Alternate Vox)
Tom G. Warrior - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Eric Ain - Bass
Reed St. Mark - Drums
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