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Into The Pandemonium
Released: 2017, Noise / BMG
Reviewer: Robert Williams
BMG who recently acquired Noise Records is currently unveiling a massive reissue campaign from the seminal acts that put Noise Records on the map in the mid eighties. Remastered and Deluxe Expanded Editions of classic albums by such heavyweights as Celtic Frost, Kreator, Helloween, Running Wild, Grave Digger and Voivod are hitting store shelves or awaiting release as we speak.
Housed in a hardcover digi-pak with full color glossy archival photos and liner notes from the band themselves and a lengthy written piece about the band and album by Xavier Russell. Liner notes causing quite the commotion on this reissue campaign as Celtic Frost mastermind Tom G. Warrior does not endorse these reissues (despite being part of the remastering process) as a result of BMG's legal team attempting to censor and even omit parts of the original liner notes he had written to accompany each album. Having said that, the snippets of band member quotes for each song in the booklet are quotes from the mid-eighties.
For those unfamiliar with Celtic Frost, "Into The Pandemonium" was the band's second full-length album and following hot on the heel's of the band's fourth EP. "Into The Pandemonium" saw the band venture further down the avant garde rabbit hole and even further away from their unique brand of Swiss thrash metal that they pioneered in the mid eighties. This album wasn't instantly accessible to my young ears the same way "Morbid Tales" and "To Mega Therion" were the first time I picked up those records. As a listener you might hear what I'm talking about as early as the second track "Mesmerized". "Into The Pandemonium" is more of an acquired listen, at least it always will be to me.
The remastering sounds brilliant! I own the 1999 Noise reissues and to my ears the 2017 reissues sound clearer, punchier, louder and thus superior. There are four bonus tracks culled from the "Pandemonium" sessions. We get "Sorrows Of The Moon" "The Inevitable Factor" "One In Their Pride (Re- Entry Mix)" and "The Inevitable Factor" with alternate vocals. Plus "In The Chapel In The Moonlight" from "The Collector's Celtic Frost 12" single.
An enjoyable, well put together reissue is the end result. One that I'd recommend to fans both new and old alike. I don't know about you but my Celtic Frost albums were beat to shit from years of hauling around in the car and taking over to friends houses and repeated listens. I needed the upgrade! It is a shame that Tom G. Warrior's involvement was hindered. I can only imagine how much better these already great reissues could have been.
1. Mexican Radio
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 (Porthole Mix)
8. I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)
9. Rex Irae (Requiem)
10. Oriental Masquerade
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