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Celtic Frost To Reissue Classic Noise Era Albums In June

As I’ve a day of running around and catch up today, I am just going to let the full on press release do the talking about the soon to be re-issued Celtic Frost albums. Dig in.

The Press Release:
Celtic Frost will re-issue of their four seminal Noise Records albums on June 30th 2017, via BMG.

Heroes of the extreme metal scene, there has always been so much more to Celtic Frost’s music. From ‘Morbid Tales’, through ‘To Mega Therion’, onwards to ‘Into The Pandemonium’ and finally ‘Vanity/Nemesis’, this is a band who refused to conform or follow any specific musical direction. They experimented, took risks and in the process have left behind a remarkable catalogue which is timeless and extraordinary. When you hear these albums, you’ll appreciate why succeeding generations of diehard fans and cutting edge bands are so heavily inspired and influenced by Celtic Frost.

It almost seems churlish to regard Celtic Frost as one of the great extreme metal bands, because they were so much more than that. It’s better to hail them as among the finest extreme and experimental bands of the 1980s. Refusing ever to do what was expected or demanded, the band constantly changed musical direction, always brought in surprising influences, and kept people guessing as to where they might venture next. Their catalogue of albums is formidable and unmatched. Each is not only unique, but part of an entire tapestry that only now can be appreciated for being a remarkable part of music history. Despite, or maybe because of, constant turmoil on so many fronts, Celtic Frost achieved an artistic level few others would even have dared to dream of aspiring towards. They climbed high because they were never afraid to fall. Which is why the band are now rightly regarded as icons, and iconoclasts. – Xavier Russell – 2016
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“This Is Black Metal” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “This Is Black Metal”
Label: MVD Entertainment
Release Date: 10/9/2007
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 2/5

“This Is Black Metal” is quite simply a DVD that features a total of seven professional videos and live performance clips and the same number in interview footage segments from a good sampling of Black Metal’s elite. Yet while these bands are true luminaries in the genre most of the videos presented were available on deluxe editions of their individual CD’s and why only seven when it comes down to it? Was it a cost factor or due to licensing and permission perhaps – but either way there is not truly enough to sink your fangs into for this aspect of it and it will leave you saying “well, what else do you have for me”. When you watch the main program as one single view, you will notice that the videos are interspaced by interview segments with the band and all of these portions are conducted by former Adult Film Star Jasmin St. Claire. There are many who know that Jasmin is the hostess of her own straight-to-video DVD series called “Metal’s Darkside” and while this particular release was met with a very mixed opinion (including my own) I had to say that the interview segments seemed to be a little more on a par of getting something good out of the band as opposed to sitting there and shooting the shit inanely. Of the interview segments I found that the best one was with the Mighty Emperor and Satyr for those featured more insight into what Black Metal is about and aimed at than the others. Celtic Frosts interview seemed to show some promise but it was a very bad audio mix during it which made it arduous to listen to. The guys in Venom were more comical to watch than anything else and I felt that the Morbid Angel one was just ill-used space for a band of their caliber. We also get an interview with Ms. St. Claire but it is more focused on her background and life than digging deeper into her own Metal interests to an analytical end. I admit that I remain on the fence about her work in this area but I am happy to see some improvement from the last time that I saw some of her adventuring in this regard. I think that the fans of JSC will enjoy this the most since they get to see her continuing to do that which they love her doing.
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Celtic Frost: Live Photos @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (5/7/2007)

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The legendary Celtic Frost was back on tour and supporting Type O Negative for their “Dead Again” tour and would be delivering their classic heaviness and tunes from their own “Monotheist” album. That show that was documented in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the full gallery of images that we captured during the allowed time in the pit.

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Celtic Frost by Ken Pierce (2007)

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Celtic Frost by Ken Pierce (2007)

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Type O Negative @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (5/7/2007)

Type O Negative had finally returned with the incredible “Dead Again” CD and their NYC show was sold out quickly and required that an additional night be added to keep the maniacs at bay. The show featured both Celtic Frost and Brand New Sin as their openers and while we would miss BNS, we were in place for the direct support and main talent that night. To see and learn more about this show just scroll past the logo below.

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Artist: Type O Negative
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Celtic Frost, Brand New Sin
Date: 5/7/2007
Label: SPV Records

Having been a fan of Type O Negative for as long as I can remember, I am always looking forward to when these “Lords Of Flatbush” return home to deliver their unique brand of Gothic meets Doom Metal. The show tonight would be one of two booked events and each was an immediate sellout as far as the tickets were concerned. I’ve found this to be the case whenever they perform in the vicinity and remember times when they played the fabled, but now closed L’Amour in Brooklyn to nights at Roseland Ballroom. I had found their shows to always be a good time and always to a capacity audience in the venue. Yet these tickets seemed to go a lot faster than usual because the music attending crowds of New York had not seen Type-O on the stage for a few years. The announcement of their return would be well met and this run of dates would also feature the Metal might of the legendary Celtic Frost as their special guest opener. Brand New Sin would be the ones to start it all off and Irving Plaza, oops I mean “The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza” would be the venue it all went down in. The new name is a result of the Live Nation company purchasing the venue and giving it a slight makeover – but don’t worry it is still pretty much the exact place that we have all seen shows at over the years.
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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of 2006”: The Videos and Concerts

As I’ve already noted, it was a very exciting year in the Metal music world and as we draw to the close of 2006 its time to continue with what we felt was the “Best” of the year. In a previous post, I lined out all of the albums that I felt were the most awesome and now its time to line out the videos and concerts that were the same. I’ve also mentioned a few of the letdowns.

The Best Videos Of 2006:

Arch Enemy “Live Apocalypse” (Century Media Records): Do you love Angela Gossow? If not, I don’t want to be the one to tell one of the most imposing of female singers today. This is a band that has done serious damage since her arrival and shows no signs of stopping.

KISS “KISSology” (VH1 Classic) : You wanted the best and you got the best the hottest band in the world KISS!!!!! Disagree with me? Shut up and get out of my way or wise up and enjoy this incredible archive of video footage from a band that started more trends than you can count..

Rush “Replay X3” (Universal): 3 classic Rush out of print VHS films in a neato little package with mini-tourbooks, oh snap this was wonderful to see released.

Children Of Bodom “Stockholm Knockout Live” (Spinefarm Records): Are you doubtful that COB is one of the more exciting bands of today, then buy this DVD and come talk to me again.

Therion “Celebrators Of Becoming” (Nuclear Blast Records): Behind on your Therion, well this comprehensive and extensive boxed set will surely win you over and get you up to speed.

Stream Of Passion “Live In The Real World” (InsideOut Music): Arjen Lucassens project with the beautiful Marcela Bovio will take you to new musical realms. There was a companion CD released for this as well.

Whitesnake “Live in the Still of the Night” (Universal Music): Here they go again on their own, and guess what it all still kicks some serious bootie.

Sonata Arctica “For The Sake Of Revenge” (Nuclear Blast Records): One of the best live bands for Metal today. They hold the banner high for the genre.

Black Label Society “The European Invasion” (Eagle Vision): Doom Troopin’ Live: so much better on this DVD than the last one. A tight set of crunching Hard Rock and Metal.

Kamelot “One Cold Winters Night” (SPV Records): This is a concert film that will make you a fan for life. Dramatic, energetic, and passionate. Melodic Power Metal at its best.
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