Tag Archives: tom g. warrior

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
Continue reading Celtic Frost To Reissue Classic Noise Era Albums In June

“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.
Continue reading “This Is Black Metal” by Various Artists

Celtic Frost: Live Photos @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (5/7/2007)

Logo - Celtic Frost

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.

celtic frost, celtic frost concert photos
Celtic Frost by Ken Pierce (2007)

celtic frost, celtic frost concert photos
Celtic Frost by Ken Pierce (2007)

Continue reading Celtic Frost: Live Photos @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (5/7/2007)

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.

Logo - Type O Negative

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

Celtic Frost @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/15/2006)

Logo - Celtic Frost

Artist: Celtic Frost
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Sahg, 1349
Date: 9/15/2006
Label: Century Media Records

It has become evident to me that Metal rules when it comes down to the venue B.B. King Blues Club. If you merely judge what has happened there over the past year you will find that a literal who’s who in the vast and varied Metal genres have appeared, hosted reunion or even final appearances on that stage. Tonight we could count on more of the same as for the first time in almost 17 years in New York City would be legendary Black Metal pioneers Celtic Frost. The group would be supported on this first leg of the tour by both Sahg and 1349 and according to research this would be the first time those two bands visited as well. I arrived shortly after Sahg had begun but caught enough of their set to explain what they were all about. Sahg is an almost Black Sabbath meets Hard Rock Doom and Stoner music that is quickly enjoyable and on the catchy side. Their singer has many Ozzy Osbourne inflections in his voice and he really holds up live. The only bad part was that since they went on a bit early the room was not yet filled to its capacity. The group also has a member of Extreme Black Metal’s Gorgoroth on the bass. Yes, King Ov Hell is part of the band minus his truly frightening corpse paint. Good players all around and a band that will have a certain lock with the audience if they are on a show that best suits them. I did not personally think that this was the one for them. Their album “Sahg I” is available on Candlelight Records and is something that fans of the Doom/Stoner style will go for.
Continue reading Celtic Frost @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/15/2006)