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To Mega Therion

Celtic Frost Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Humilated in human form". April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, I would like to say that this album, along with "Into the pandemonium" have held up very well throughout the years. CF's sophomore album was an incredibly bold and assertive vision in 1985. It's inclusion of symphonic elements including a timpani, French horns, a female opera singer, and even booming vocal effects (see "Circle of the tyrants" for a prime example of this) sounds hokey but is VERY effective. Don't believe me? Listen to "Innocence and wrath", "Dawn of Meggido", and "Necromantical screams". You would be amazed at how well these elements fit into the music being played. Speaking of the music, listen to those grinding riffs! I can say with confidence that Celtic frost was easily one of the heaviest bands in the Metal genre back in 1984/1985. Tom G. Warrior also had one of the most unique riffing styles in Death metal, Black metal, and Metal in general. The lyrics are a nice change of pace as well, dealing with epic H.P. Lovecraft themes. CF is one of the most influential and underappreciated bands in Metal and I highly recommend picking up their first three albums along with "Vanity/Nemesis" and Hellhammer's "Apocalyptic raids" poste haste. Damn those who ignore Celtic frost and refuse to see them as the honest, groundbreaking, highly influential asset to the Metal genre that they are.
Oh, and I'd also like to state that in the March 2004 issue of Guitar world magazine, Tom G. Warrior came in at number 32 on their prestigious "100 GREATEST HEAVY METAL GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME". Congratulations Tom!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal Black/Thrash Metal June 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Influential to a great degree for later black metal (Celtic Frost were the first guys I remember wearing corpse paint), this is archetypal brutal and sometimes grooving thrash/black metal. Most of this album is as subtle as a boot in your face (not a bad thing), however there are some very interesting and unexpected touches that make this a near masterpiece. The album opens with a short, 1 minute long, Wagnerian overture called Innocence and Wrath. Its an instrumental complete with tympani and horns and sets a dark, grandiose but not pompous tone for what is to follow. What follows is some great brutal thrash punctuated by Tom G. Warriors patented growls. And if the album were only that it would be great. However, the orchestral touches found in the first track are used throughout the album, albeit sparingly, and really add to the brooding atmosphere of To Mega Therion. Tom was never a great lead gutarist in a traditional sense, his leads are usually short bursts of chaotic noise used to create a feeling or effect. Thats the way the orchestration and occasional demonic or female vocal tracks work: they're used for emphasis and atmosphere and are thankfully not overdone. The female vocals add an especially creepy effect. Those kinds of subtle sonic details combined with Warrior's great riffs, and Reed St. Marks drumming make To Mega Therion a very successful album of thrash/black metal. There's some great, brutal stuff on this CD. It was first released in 1985 and it's dated very well. Recommended along with the more progressive subsequent album "Into the Pandemonium" and the earlier and far less subtle "Morbid Tales/Emperor's" return.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic for the ages Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had recently written a review for this album for another site,and I had only owned this album for a couple weeks,and I failed to appreciate To Mega Therion completely.Now that I have owned it for close to five months,I can truly say that this is a five star classic.This album does require time to grow on you,but once it does,you'll end up listening to it almost every day.Tom G. Warrior's vocals here are stunning,so ugly and yet beautiful at once.His grunts,along with his trademark "Ugghhh"and"Heyyy",give this album an abundance of character.The production is a little muddy,but it doesn't hinder the music at all.The guitar sounds like a groaning demon to my ears,and the bass actually audible!One thing that sets Therion apart from other early death metal releases is the mood this album exudes.The use of kettle drums,french horns,and chilling operatic female vocals give this album an otherworldy vibe,and the fantastical lyrics are dark and cryptic,but totally unique.Each song tells a macabre story,and coupled with Warrior's growls and grunts,make this album one of a kind.The music is alternates between an almost doomy mid paced chug and blindingly fast thrashing with ripping solos and devastating riffs."The Usurper" and "Necromantical Screams" are bona-fide metal classics.Even the material I had falsely labeled as filler,like"Beyond The North Winds",and"Fainted Eyes" are great.Granted,all the songs sound similar,but so does most thrash/death,and when the sound itself is great,there is no reason to complain.Like I stated earlier,this album does take time to grow on you,but if you stick with it,you will never abandon it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate 80's Metal June 4 2003
By Shayne
Format:Audio CD
"To Mega Therion" was always a great tape to carry around to flash at the jocks who liked to give the long haired freaks a hard time in high school, especially in the deep south (at the time). It's one of those things, Satan using Jesus as a slingshot on the cover, I mean, that alone sells the record for those who might be interested in buying it, right? Here's the trick though, the thing is that it is truly a good record. "The Usurper" is a classic song, and anyone who thinks it isn't doesn't like the genre or has never heard it. Every damn bit of the album hits like three tons of molten lead onto the fragile and squirrely brain that is being pounded into the oblivious hell created by Thomas G. Warrior and co...Truly a masterpiece. Along with "Morbid Tales" and the somewhat more progressive but still enjoyable "Into the Pandemonium" (Just stop there, it's sad to see when people we love start to lose their touch) "To Mega Therion" proves that Celtic Frost, like so many other bands of the time, had a certain sound and power that will never be replicated, either by them or their followers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
ya I liked this record from my younger days so to get it on cd was awesome to get it
Published 7 months ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars CELTIC FROST!
WOW, I NEVER CHECKED THEM OUT BEFORE, They influenced the (...) out of 2 of my favorite bands, Obituary, Sepultura, so I figured I would check them out, WOW, I was missing alot,... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Obiturized
5.0 out of 5 stars I sing the Ballads, of Victory and Defeat
One of the best ever releases by a metal god - Thomas Gabriel Warrior. The start of the progression which ended with Into the Pandemonium. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Hyno
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate death metal album.......
to mega therion is without a doubt one the most underrated metal albums of all time.to all naysayers who says death metal artists are talentless,have never listened to this... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential, but unknown to most
Celtic Frost were a band that had so many bright ideas, that they really didn't care that most of them were put to waste and oblivion. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Ilya Malafeyev
5.0 out of 5 stars One five star review isn't enough!
I'll keep this simple. If you're sick of sugary bands like Iron maiden and Helloween who hide their complete lack of badassness behind a thin veil of psuedo artistry, then pick up... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by "bay_area_thrasher"
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic frost: To mega therion (To the great beast).
To be honest, I didn't really like Celtic frost when I first heard them, but they grew on me rather quickly. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by "bay_area_thrasher"
5.0 out of 5 stars To The Great Beast 666...
This opus is dedicated to "The Great Wild Beast", Aleister Crowley, ergo, the title, which translates to "Mega Therion" - the first of its kind. Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by Draconis Blackthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking...
A true masterpiece, "To Mega Therion" is dark and aggressive, yet beautiful at the same time. A truly diverse band, Celtic Frost can thrash with the best, and then pummel the... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2003 by MtlGod
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