To Mega Therion (album)
To Mega Therion (meaning the great beast in Greek) is the second studio album by Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost, released on 27 October 1985 by Noise Records. The cover artwork is a painting by H. R. Giger entitled Satan I. The album was a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres.
|To Mega Therion|
|Studio album by Celtic Frost|
|Released||27 October 1985|
|Recorded||14–28 September 1985|
|Studio||Casablanca Studio in Berlin, Germany|
|Genre||Black metal, death metal|
|Producer||Horst Müller, Tom G. Warrior, Karl Walterbach|
|Celtic Frost chronology|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
Ned Raggett in his review for AllMusic writes, "The bombastic 'Innocence and Wrath' starts To Mega Therion off on just the appropriate note – Wagnerian horn lines, booming drums, and a slow crunch toward apocalypse. ... With that setting the tone, it's into the maddeningly wild and woolly Celtic Frost universe full bore, Warrior roaring out his vocals with glee and a wicked smile while never resorting to self-parodic castrato wails. 'The Usurper' alone is worth the price of admission, an awesome display of Warrior's knack around brute power and unexpectedly memorable riffs." According to Raggett, "other prime cuts" include "Circle of the Tyrants", "Dawn of Megiddo", "Tears in a Prophet's Dream", "Eternal Summer" and "Necromantical Screams". Raggett concludes his review by stating that the album "is and remains death metal at its finest". Canadian journalist Martin Popoff considers the album "a black metal landmark" and "the most consistent example of early death metal that exist". He remarks how "the band had decided to delve more unto the extreme" and praised Tom Warrior's "surprisingly accomplished" lyrics and the mix of death, black and doom metal with a pinch of ambient music.
All songs written by Tom G. Warrior, except where noted.
|1.||"Innocence and Wrath"||1:02|
|4.||"Dawn of Megiddo" (Warrior, Martin Ain. Consistently misspelled as Dawn of Meggido on re-releases)||5:42|
|6.||"Circle of the Tyrants"||4:36|
|7.||"(Beyond the) North Winds"||3:04|
|9.||"Tears in a Prophet's Dream" (Celtic Frost, Steve Warrior)||2:30|
|10.||"Necromantical Screams" (Warrior, Ain)||6:06|
- Celtic Frost
- Tom G. Warrior - guitars, vocals, effects, co-producer, assistant engineer
- Dominic Steiner - bass, bass effects
- Reed St. Mark - drums, percussion, effects
- Additional musicians
- Martin Ain – bass (tracks 2 and 3 on 1999 re-release; songs originally from Tragic Serenades EP)
- Wolf Bender – French horn (tracks 1, 4 and 10)
- Claudia-Maria Mokri – additional vocals (tracks 2, 6 and 10)
- Horst Müller, Urs Sprenger – sound effects (track 9)
- Horst Müller - producer, engineer, mixing
- Rick Lights - assistant engineer
- Karl Walterbach - executive producer
- "Celtic Frost, 'To Mega Therion'". Retrieved 7 February 2016.
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- Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-1894959315.
- To Mega Therion forum @ Celtic Frost official website
- Thomas Gabriel, Fischer (1999). To Mega Therion (CD Booklet). Celtic Frost. Berlin, Germany: Noise Records. N 0326-2.
- Fischer, Thomas Gabriel (2000). Are You Morbid?: Into the Pandemonium of Celtic Frost. London, UK: Sanctuary. ISBN 978-1860743108.
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