Morbid Tales

Morbid Tales is the debut EP[3] by the Swiss extreme metal band, Celtic Frost, released in November 1984. The first European release on Noise Records was a mini-LP with six tracks, while the American release by Enigma/Metal Blade added two tracks, bringing it to the length of a regular LP.

Morbid Tales
Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost.jpg
EP by
ReleasedNovember 1984
Recorded8–15 October 1984
StudioCaet Studio in Berlin, Germany
Length24:51 (Europe)
32:09 (North America)
50:02 (album version)
LabelNoise (Europe)
Enigma/Metal Blade (US)
ProducerHorst Müller, Tom Warrior, Martin Ain, Karl Walterbach
Celtic Frost chronology
Morbid Tales
Emperor's Return
1999 remastered edition cover
Celtic frost - 1999 - morbid tales remaster.jpg

In 1999 a remastered edition of Morbid Tales was released on CD by Noise Records, which also contained the tracks from their 1985 EP Emperor's Return as well as a 2017 remastered edition released by the same label on CD and vinyl formats.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[4]


The thrash metal intensity of Morbid Tales had a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres. It included elements that were adopted by the pioneers of both styles.[5] The band's bleak and dead serious fashion style was also influential, including their corpse paint face makeup.[2][1] In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Morbid Tales as 28th on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.'[6]

In the commentary for Darkthrone's album Panzerfaust, Fenriz cites this album along with Bathory's Under the Sign of the Black Mark and Vader's Necrolust as key riff inspirations.[7]

"Danse Macabre" was later sampled in the demo track "Totgetanzt" from their 2002 demo album Prototype.[8]

Track listingsEdit

All music by Thomas Gabriel Fischer, all lyrics by Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Martin Ain, except where noted.

European versionEdit

Side one
1."Into the Crypts of Rays" (Fischer)4:46
2."Visions of Mortality"4:49
Side two
3."Procreation (Of the Wicked)"4:02
4."Return to the Eve"4:05
5."Danse Macabre"3:51
6."Nocturnal Fear"3:35

US versionEdit

Side one
1."Into the Crypts of Rays" (Fischer)3:39
2."Visions of Mortality"4:49
3."Dethroned Emperor" (Fischer)4:37
4."Morbid Tales"3:29
Side two
5."Procreation (Of the Wicked)"4:04
6."Return to the Eve"4:07
7."Danse Macabre"3:52
8."Nocturnal Fear"3:36

1999 CD remastered editionEdit

1."Human (Intro)" (intro to "Into the Crypts of Rays"; originally joined as one track, CD reissue split this into two tracks)0:41
2."Into the Crypts of Rays"3:39
3."Visions of Mortality"4:49
4."Dethroned Emperor"4:37
5."Morbid Tales"3:29
6."Procreation (Of the Wicked)"4:04
7."Return to the Eve"4:07
8."Danse Macabre"3:51
9."Nocturnal Fear"3:36
10."Circle of the Tyrants"4:27
11."Visual Aggression"4:10
12."Suicidal Winds"4:36
Total length:50:02

2017 remastered edition bonus tracksEdit

10."Morbid Tales (1984 Rehearsal)"3:41
11."Messiah (1984 Rehearsal)"4:45
12."Procreation (Of the Wicked) (1984 Rehearsal)"4:14
13."Nocturnal Fear (1984 Rehearsal)"3:54


Credits adapted from the original editions.[9][10]

Celtic Frost
Additional musicians
  • Stephen Priestly – session drums
  • Horst Müller – additional vocals (tracks 3, 5 & 7)
  • Hertha Ohling – additional vocals (track 6)
  • Oswald Spengler – violin (tracks 7 & 8)
  • Horst Müller – producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
  • Karl Walterbach – executive producer


  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales review". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 May 2003. With its highly focused thrash metal intensity and peculiar mix of satanic and esoteric lyrics, the album would sow the seeds of Frost's overwhelming influence in years to come.
  2. ^ a b Strachan, Guy (February 2005). "Black Metal Foundations Top 20: Celtic Frost, Morbid Tales". Terrorizer. No. 128. p. 42.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (24 June 2014). "Influential Celtic Frost Debut Album 'Morbid Tales' Turns 30 Years Old". Loudwire. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone Share Their Choices for 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time'". 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ Bennett, J. (2010). "Darkthrone - Panzerfaust". Decibel. Archived from the original on 9 November 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Celtic Frost - Prototype". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. ^ Morbid Tales (LP sleeve). Celtic Frost. Berlin, Germany: Noise Records. 1984. N 0017.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. ^ Morbid Tales (CD booklet). Celtic Frost. Berlin, Germany: Noise Records. 1999. N 0325-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)