Friday, January 26, 2007
Upload: Celtic Frost - Vanity/Nemesis
This is probably the most forgotten Celtic Frost album. Granted, I understand the reasoning: it came on the heels of Cold Lake, an album even Celtic Frost admits was forced upon them by monetary concerns and heavy-handed record labels. Celtic Frost made at least a worthy effort, if not a 100% return to form, but nobody was listening, and the band broke up soon afterwards. Luckily, I have procured this forgotten album, and for you, O loyal downloaders, I am making it available. Although the album was forgotten, by no means should have it been!
The album starts off with "The Heart Beneath", which starts off slightly midpaced, but soon the drums kick in and we get a very thrashy song. Most of the album is either midpaced or slightly fast, which is good -- it fits Celtic Frost's style pretty well, and allows for Tom Warrior's trademark chordal variety to really shine in certain songs. That being said, their slower number, "Wings of Solitude", sounds like it partially invented half the non-chick goth sound (ex. Tiamat). The songs themselves sound less like, say, "Progeny" and more like "I Won't Dance"; these are mostly fun songs with an overdose of metal, and I definitely hear a hint of a Pantera-esque vibe on some songs. This does take away sometimes from the songwriting, as parts of some songs can be a little contradictory, but it usually rights itself quickly enough. The drums are nothing special for the most part -- they fit well, but the drummer isn't exactly Tomas Haake -- but the vocals often remind me of Tom trying to channel the Dave Mustaine sneer (of Megadeth; if this means nothing to you, go listen to Peace Sells, But Who's Buying on the double) or something. Female vocals are also on at least half of the songs, and they work very well (a la Into the Pandemonium). I wish the production was a little more bass-audible, but the drums, guitars, and vocals are also fairly well-mixed.
As a whole, the album plays very well; I have no issues with trackorder, and the songs seem to fit fairly well with each other. I especially like the two title tracks and how they play off each other to create a unified effect...that adds quite a bit to each. If only every album I heard was at least this good...
7.6 people with glasses on pieces of glass out of 10
Don't click here to download the album. Really.