Into the Pandemonium

Into the Pandemonium

by Celtic FrostCeltic Frost


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Having created what would remain an archetypal metal record in To Mega Therion, it seemed like Thomas Gabriel Warrior and his compatriots were after an exact repeat on first blush with Pandemonium. Armed with harrowing Bosch cover art and song titles like "Babylon Fell" and "Sorrows of the Moon," what else could be the result? With the first track, though, all bets were off, showing Warrior to be one of the least predictable folks around. The song? A nuclear-strength rip through Wall of Voodoo's West Coast new wave classic "Mexican Radio," with everything intact down to the nerdishly sung line about eating barbecued iguana. Hearing Warrior gasp and snarl his way through Stan Ridgway's shaggy dog tale is one of those not-to-be-believed-until-heard experiences. The next big change surfaces on "Mesmerized" -- rather than again invoking Beelzebub in a harsh rasp, Warrior actually sings a weepy love lyric in a sad moan. Admittedly the beloved appears to be some ancient Roman priestess, but still, this is surprising (and effective) stuff, a singing approach he reuses throughout the album. "Rex Irae (Requiem)" is especially fine, a blending of operatic backing vocals, orchestrations, and just enough crunch when needed. Then there's "One in Their Pride," which exists on the album in two different forms -- both of them drum machine-laden dub/industrial mixes. Running rampant throughout Pandemonium is the massive metal crunch and lyrics about death and destruction with which Celtic Frost made its name, so fans of earlier stuff won't feel too taken by surprise. "Inner Sanctum," detailing a wish to "forget in the sleep of death," is especially fine. But whether it's the strings and orgasmic female French lead singer -- and nothing else -- on "Tristesses de la Lune" or the brassy R&B backing vocals on "I Won't Dance," Pandemonium is a record taking happy delight in trashing expectations to follow a stranger muse.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 4050538214307
catalogNumber: 3821430
Rank: 84403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Celtic Frost   Primary Artist
Michael Flexig   Background Vocals
Lothar Krist   Conductor
Thomas Gabriel Warrior   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Voices,Guitar Effects,Lead,Group Member
Reed St. Mark   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Timpani,Group Member
Martin Eric Ain   Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Malgorzata Blaiejewska Woller   Violin
Lothar Krist   Conductor
Claudia-Maria Mokri   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jurgen Paulmann   Viola
Manu Moan   Vocals
Eva Cieslinski   Violin
Anton Schreiber   French Horn
Andreas Dobler   Guitar,Lead
Wulf Ebert   Cello
Thomas Berter   Background Vocals
H.C.   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Hill   Composer
Celtic Frost   Producer
Hannes Folberth   Composer
Harris Johns   Engineer
Lothar Krist   Arranger,Composer
Marc Moreland   Composer,Lyricist
Horst Muller   Producer,Engineer
Thomas Gabriel Warrior   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Art Direction,Concept,Vocal Effect,Digital Effects
Hugh Gilmour   Graphic Design
Karl-Ulrich Walterbach   Executive Producer
Alex Solca   Band Photo
Jan Nemec   Arranger,Engineer,Sample Editing
George Chin   Back Cover Photo
Reed St. Mark   Arranger,Composer
Martin Eric Ain   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Effect
Hieronymus Bosch   Cover Art
Gustave Flaubert   Poetry
Isolde Ohlbaum   Cover Photo
Xavier Russell   Liner Notes
Edwards   Artwork
Sepp Sinowatz   Band Photo
Micha Good   Cover Art
Joanna Richardson   translation

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