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I Won’t Dance…The Elder’s Orient

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My introduction to the mighty Celtic Frost was through some knucklehead pal of ours named Chris Shelton. He had the cassette for The Emperor’s Return and I checked it out for a few days. I thought it was absolutely horrible. Total shit even. What was wrong with this singer? Was he trying to pinch one out or something?

Then after reading several glowing reviews of Into the Pandemonium in Aardschok America or Circus or whatever, I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did. This album is incredible. Very different than Emperor’s Return, which in later years was deemed to be neither a good nor bad thing.

Pandemonium came out in my senior year of high school.  A former friend from high school and I sat next to each other in Mr. Gordon’s english class and constantly caught hell for talking (about music) during class. I really wish I had kept my english book from that year as just about every page was covered in band names and song quotes, many of which came from this particular Frost LP.

A few years later I started backtracking into the older Frost albums and I am glad I did. I “got it”. Tom G. Warrior was a great songsmith. Sure a lot of the riffs were simple, but he was creating music that no one had created at the time.

I always respected Frost for trying something new with every album, even Cold Lake. Although I will say this…One In Their Pride…WTF? Just plain awful.

As for Cold lake, it’s not a great album by anyone’s standards, but I don’t consider it to be a total wash. I liked Downtown Hanoi, Juices Like Wine and Once They Were Eagles. When I met Frost back in 2006, Tom G. signed my Cold Lake CD with the word “ABOMINATION”. I told him that I liked some of it and he responded, “You’re the only fucking one who did.” haha…Tom G. Ugh!

Now back to Pandemonuim. Other than that stupid “Pride” song, this album is great. I even dug the cover of Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo). My favorites would be Babylon Fell, Mesmerized, Rex Irae, Inner Sanctum and I Won’t Dance.

Definitely an album that brought me a lot of joy during such a shitty year. I hated school and didn’t want to be there.

Funny thing…there was this girl we kenw named Theresa(?) that looked EXACTLY like Tom G. Poor girl. She was also such a sleaze bucket…of course we dubbed her “The Bucket”.

ha! The Bucket!

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  1. I was into Frost somewhat right before this came out. I had Morbid Tales copied over Black Sabbath’s Greatest Hits, ya know one of those black “made in holland” NEMS releases. I found it in a draw and thought “yeah I could jam some sabbath!”. I popped it in the car stereo and was like the hell?? Double bass drums were pumping and the guitar was sludgy and loud! Then I realized it was Frost! I was hooked after that because at first listen back in the day I thought they sucked balls too!

    All hail the mighty FROST!!!!


    May 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

  2. I remember that tape!


    May 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm

  3. I think The Emperor’s Return was the first album I heard and loved them right away. Love Into the pandemonium as well. Can’t stand Cold Lake, but have not heard it in like 20 years.

    Metal Mark

    May 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

  4. Vanity Nemesis was much better than Cold Lake.


    May 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

  5. This is a great album to resurrect and write about – Celtic Frost never got caught up with following the trend, Celtic Frost led.

    In Metal – Stone


    May 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

  6. Man I couldn’t agree more. One of my top 10 all time favorite albums of any genre…period. One In Their Pride definitely stuck out like a sore thumb on this disc and I generally skip that one, but you gotta admire them for experimenting. Rex Irae is incredible…that’s the song that first made me a fan.


    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

  7. […] history with Celtic Frost goes back to about 1986 as noted here.  I am a fan.  While Monotheist is probably my least favorite album, it’s not bad.  A year […]

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