Celtic Frost

Nicolas Cage’s Weapon in ‘Mandy’ Was Inspired by Celtic Frost Logo

September 14, 2018

Nicolas Cage wields a Celtic Frost-inspired weapon in psychedelic horror film Mandy.

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: LOS ANGELES Announced, First Wave of Bands Revealed

June 25, 2018

Headliners include thrash legends Testament, who will play a special set of both their classic “The New Order” and “The Gathering” records in full, along with the Tom Gabriel Fischer-led Triptykon performing a special all-Celtic Frost set.

Decibel Special Report: Online Bootlegging In Extreme Music

June 11, 2018

Cheap merchandise. Diminishing revenues for labels already under financial pressure. Death metal shower curtains and bar signs. Decibel‘s special report on how online bootlegging is hurting the extreme metal scene.

A History of the Times Black Metal was “Over,” Part I

February 26, 2018

Krieg’s Neill Jameson recounts various times throughout history when black metal was falsely pronounced dead.

Track Premiere: Totengott ‘Satan Beside You’

February 12, 2018

Spain’s Totengott invoke Celtic Frost on new song “Satan Beside You.”

The Top Ten Metal Reunion Albums

February 9, 2018

Don’t call them comebacks. Call them the best reunion albums in metal history.

For Those About to Squawk: Converge, Malokarpatan

October 27, 2017

Our resident birdbrains pecks on new titles from Converge and Malokarpatan and remembers the late Martin Ain.

Martin Eric Ain: 1967-2017

October 22, 2017

Martin Eric Ain, a member of the legendary outfits Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, is remembered.

Martin Eric Ain (1967-2017): Celtic Frost “Morbid Tales” Hall of Fame

October 22, 2017

To honor the passing of extreme metal legend Martin Eric Ain, we present the Hall of Fame feature on Celtic Frost’s 1984 debut Morbid Tales in full.

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

Metal Tribute Book Trilogy Collection Now Available!

July 28, 2017

  The extremely limited complete trilogy of Mark Rudolph’s graphic novel tribute series is exclusively available via the Decibel webstore in this limited edition bundle. – Metal Gods: A Tribute to Judas Priest (2017) – Morbid Tales: A Tribute to Celtic Frost (2014) – Satan is Alive: A Tribute to Mercyful Fate (2012) Complete your collection at…

Tom Gabriel Fischer Discusses Problems with Celtic Frost’s New Reissues

July 10, 2017

Extreme music icon discusses his struggles with BMG’s Celtic Frost reissues, the possibility of a new Triptykon LP next year and two new books currently in the works. 

Author David Gehlke talks new Noise Records book, “Damn the Machine”

March 16, 2017

We catch up with the author of Damn the Machine, a new book about the history of Noise Records, to get the scoop on why he chose Noise to write about, the rocky relationships between the label and its bands, and much more.

Decibel Presents The Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time Special Issue

February 17, 2017

What are the Top 100 metal tours of all time? Find out in Decibel‘s new limited edition special issue of 100% previously-unprinted content. 

Hellhammer – “Apocalyptic Raids”

November 11, 2016

At the onset of metal’s second decade, kult was not a choice. Kult was the by-product of poverty, desperation and isolation.

Pre-Order the Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology: Vol. II Book!

October 31, 2016

Decibel has complied 25 of our best Hall of Fame pieces into a brand new hardcover, limited-edition, hand-numbered anthology, exclusively available here.

Top 5 Maryland Deathfest 2016 Moments

June 6, 2016

Every year, we travel to Baltimore  for Maryland Deathfest, easily the best run festival for underground metal to grace America. Here are five of my memorable moments at MDF 2016. Music-related missives are forthcoming in the August 2016 issue of Decibel.

Child Bite and Phil Anselmo Mangle Celtic Frost’s “The Usurper”

October 7, 2015

Detroit-based art-metal mutants Child Bite have teamed up with their label owner, Housecore’s Phil Anselmo, to tackle Celtic Frost’s 1985 classic “The Usurper” for a killer compilation,

Hall Of Fame Countdown: Celtic Frost’s Morbid Tales

April 23, 2015

We’re starting a new feature here at the Deciblog. Since we’ve inducted so many classic albums in the course of our decade-plus existence we’re going to do our best to rank songs on these classic albums. First up is Celtic Frost’s classic mini LP Morbid Tales, which was released in 1984 and inducted in 2007. 

Celtic Frost – “To Mega Therion”

April 6, 2015

dB HoF 123

To Mega Therion

Label: Noise
Release date: October 27, 1985

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To Mega Therion is Greek for “The Great Beast.” It’s a pseudonym for the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation and a nickname for every metal musician’s favorite mystic, Aleister Crowley. And it’s the very fitting title for Celtic Frost’s first real full-length album.

When Celtic Frost finished their breakthrough Morbid Tales EP in 1984, co-founders Tom Gabriel Fischer and Martin Ain immediately considered bigger aspirations. Morbid Tales let them distance themselves from Hellhammer—then very much a sore spot for the pair—and showed that two outcasts from farm villages could deliver on their promise to become a much better band. But what if Celtic Frost could take it a step further and write an album that was not only competitive with the best thrash metal coming from the United States, but also radically reimagined what was possible with heavy music? What if they incorporated classical music and vocals and wrote songs that deserved to be paired with art by famed Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger? What if their music could finally match their vision? It seemed impossible, but Fischer and Ain had already done so much with little more than their dreams.

Celtic Frost – “To Mega Therion”

April 6, 2015

To Mega Therion is Greek for “The Great Beast.” It’s a pseudonym for the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation and a nickname for every metal musician’s favorite mystic, Aleister Crowley. And it’s the very fitting title for Celtic Frost’s first real full-length album.

The Deciblog Interview: Oliver Amberg

March 18, 2015

When Oliver Amberg was barely out of his teens he joined Celtic Frost as they started perhaps the most contentious shift in extreme metal history. But Amberg’s roots with the band stretch back several years; he was friends with bassist Dominic Steiner, who played on To Mega Therion (see the Hall Of Fame in our…