Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales reissue (Avant-garde/Thrash Metal album review)


Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales (reissue)

“Morbid Tales” is the album, which started it all for Swiss trio Celtic Frost in 1984, launching them to international acclaim within the extreme metal circles.
Noise Records, now resurrected by BMG Music, is reissuing cult classics released by the onetime power player heavy metal label, and they’ve definitely done an outstanding job with all of the albums from Celtic Frost issued by Noise Records back in the day.
There are nine of the original cuts from the original “Morbid Tales” album: “Human (Intro)”, “Into The Crypts Of Rays”, “Visions Of Mortality”, “Dethroned Emperor”, “Morbid Tales”, “Procreation (Of The Wicked)”, “Return To The Eve”, “Danse Macabre” and “Nocturnal Fear”. There are also four bonus cuts in the form of studio rehearsals from 1984 as well. They’re in the form of “Morbid Tales”, “Messiah”, “Procreation (Of The Wicked)”, and the raw yet eerie atmosphere of “Nocturnal Fear” rehearsal version rounds out this awesome album.
This classic record is nicely presented in a hard book format, with liner notes, end credits, rear photos of the band, and lyrics to all of the killer tracks making up “Morbid Tales”. What is most impressive about this reissue through BMG is, it is remastered with all of the original atmosphere from the original sound recording still intact the way it was meant to be. It’s good to hear  that nothing but the overall clarity of the sound and volumes were changed for better playback via digital and streaming mediums.
It’s still gives me chills to this day when I listen to all of the cuts on this album, but “Into The Crypts Of Rays” and “Dethroned Emperor” still bring visions of darkness and a cold world to my mind.
The ghastly intro sounds of spirits in vile distress on the unholy sounding opening intro “Human (Intro)” definitely plunges my soul into a mental abyss.
What makes “Morbid Tales” so avant-garde in its style and execution is the fact, that Tom Gabriel Warrior actually sings with a voice that sounds so sinister, but you can literally understand what he is saying. And the music, that’s whole another story, as it truly captures Celtic Frost’s aura of sadness, evil, darkness, and all that’s devoid of emotions.
Lyrically, it is a very thought captivating release, as it talks about good and evil, how there can be no god without the devil, and no darkness without light. As philosophical this may sound, “Morbid Tales” is truly a morbid and dark journey onto itself. It’s all open to interpretation, yet the strong feelings and eerie vibes, which consume your mind, is definitely an experience to reckon with. Highly worth checking out this reissue.   BMG/Noise Records.    Sarjoo Devani

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