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Danse Macabre

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Dawn Of Megiddo’ is a wonderful example of how the band’s meticulous battle campaign was being realised as an integrated whole as opposed to extreme metal with some odd stuff bolted on, with the addition of timpani played by American drummer Reed St. It’s a shame to get the repeated tracks, but it does allow the listener to compare songs more closely and get a feel for the way the band were working on their sound. S., “Danse Macabre” brings together the band’s recordings from those years, capturing their boundary-pushing ambition and creative zeal.

It also marks them out as a band who were using up all of their own potential roads in every single direction at an insane pace, creating maps for others who would follow, while getting little of the benefit themselves in the short term. On paper, the story of CELTIC FROST's early years is as unlikely as it is extraordinary: a tale of how teenagers from rural Switzerland, at once audaciously ambitious and ferociously uncompromising, took heavy metal into new, exciting and unquestionably extreme territory. Into The Pandemonium is one of those rare albums that entirely lives up to its name, a thing of such shifting and seismic beauty, it’s almost still impossible to get a true handle on it, marking Celtic Frost out as not just a band ahead of their time but also one ahead of their space.They were still an active entity when I was in my formative metal years, but just one of the many bands I didn’t pursue. One of the reasons Celtic Frost came out of the traps so hard in 1984 was that Thomas Fischer and Martin Ain had already been part of a band where intent and passion far outstripped ability in the form of Hellhammer, a group hated so much by the international metal press that the aspirations of its main members were nearly crushed into inertia.

The last disc, Grave Hill Bunker Rehearsals, features 4 tracks recorded in 1984, demos that show work in progress. We all loved those songs and we decided to also keep them even though there’s some Hellhammer material among them, but we decided to keep them for this box. I like the fact that the rehearsals are included, which allows fans to compare and contrast between the actual tracks and go back and forth and listen. The thing that’s most important during these years that stuck in my mind is the camaraderie between us.Certainly, especially with the non-traditional instruments, you get the feeling from this point that Celtic Frost were a band prepared to push a few boundaries. I am happy for you that all three bands are represented and it’s just really cool that fans are still enjoying it. Intensely heavy, nuanced and experimental, the record was a radical musical statement of intent; a stunning synthesis of Warrior and Ain's disparate influences. Danse Macabre traces Celtic Frost’s history from their earliest post-Hellhammer rehearsal demos up through 1987’s Into the Pandemonium. Ain was soon brought back into the fold and a few songs from “To Mega Therion” were re-recorded and remixed with Harris Johns, emerging as the excellent sounding “Tragic Serenades” EP.

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