Celtic Frost

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

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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…

Interview and Exclusive Book Excerpt: Mark Rudolph

October 8, 2014

For more than half of Decibel’s decade-long history Mark Rudolph has been a key component of what makes the magazine special. He illustrates the lead review in each issue and has designed covers for all of Decibel’s annual specials dating back to our 100 best death metal albums special. When he isn’t busy with the…

Enter A Sweet, Sweet Deci-Hell, Courtesy Metalcakes

January 8, 2013

“The weak pale in the face of both baking and metal!” Metalcakes proprietor Kathy Bejma declares when asked how she first came to realize heavy metal and cupcakes belonged in the same mixing bowl. “Plus ovens are like little mini hells accepting your sacrifice of unborn chickens, butter, and sugar…Occasionally I’ll get the How dare…

Living In The Eighties: Metal Covers The Decade Of Pop

January 2, 2013

Since the New Year is the time of self-reimagination (or big promises that aren’t kept) it’s a good day to look back into the storied skeleton closet. While metal took over the planet in the 1980s via Metallica and Iron Maiden (after Black Sabbath set the stage for a decade) pop ruled the charts. You…

INTERVIEW || Triptykon’s Tom G. Warrior on beauty and darkness (Part Two)

March 19, 2012

On Friday we brought you the minutes from an interview we were lucky enough to conduct with Triptykon frontman, Celtic Frost/HellHammer mainman Tom G. Warrior while he was on tour with Cannibal Corpse, Enslaved and Job for a Cowboy. Warrior seemed pretty ecstatic just to have the opportunity to play music, and that’s something that…

INTERVIEW || Triptykon’s Tom G. Warrior on beauty and darkness (Part One)

March 16, 2012

Tom G. Warrior was opting out of the press circuit while haring through the UK on last week’s Defenders of the Faith tour with Cannibal Corpse, Enslaved and Job for a Cowboy, but the Triptykon mainman granted the Deciblog an audience. Of all the times we’ve been in the company of Warrior since the Celtic…

Tapes from the vault: Triptykon’s Tom G. Warrior Q&A

October 3, 2011

This is some pretty hefty call-and-response type shit going on here, so it you’ll thank me in advance for not yammering on with no end in sight about how great Tom G. Warrior is, about how Celtic Frost and Hellhammer‘s collective legacy is responsible for some of the most essential records in metal, a whole…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Celtic Frost’s “Cold Lake”

February 16, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every now and then, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the site to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact,…

Simon Hawemann (War from a Harlots Mouth) Top 5 Apocalypse Songs

November 8, 2010

By Simon Hawemann (War from a Harlots Mouth) 5. Swarm of the Lotus – “Nightmare Paint” “Nightmare Paint” is such a twisted and shattering song, it reminds me of grating doors or grating metal even. It sounds like an earthquake, pure chaos, like elemental forces – out of control. Things you would expect to happen…

Celtic Frost – “Morbid Tales”

February 18, 2007

Of all the classic albums thus far inducted into Decibel’s Hall of Fame, none has had a greater influence on the death metal and black metal that succeeded it than Celtic Frost’s Morbid Tales.