Released as a remastered, black double LP (180 g) in a gatefold with bonus material and a 36-page booklet (including sleeve notes) plus 2 posters.
‘Into the Pandemonium’ is the second studio album from Celtic Frost which was first released in 1987. At that time, Thomas Gabriel Warrior and co. recorded the work in the Horus Sound Studio in Hannover and created an unrivalled album which has enjoyed cult status until this day.
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Tracklist - Into the pandemonium
- 1.Mexican Radio
- 3.Inner Sanctum
- 4.Tristesses de la Lune
- 5.Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)
- 6.Caress Into Oblivion (Jade Serpent II)
- 7.One In Their Pride (Porthole Mix)
- 1.I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)
- 2.Rex Irae (Requiem)
- 3.Oriental Masquerade
- 4.Sorrows of the Moon
- 5.The Inevitable Factor
- 6.In the Chapel In the Moonlight
- 7.One In Their Pride (Re-Entry Mix)
- 8.The Inevitable Factor (Alternate Vox)
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An album title should give the listener an idea of what they’re getting into and very few albums have as fitting a title as Celtic Frost’s second full length studio release from 1987, Into The Pandemonium. From the album cover and Hieronymus Bosch’s interpretation of Hell to the sonic mélange infused within the grooves, Into The Pandemonium is the full package of chaos, ominous despair, and overwhelming persecution of the senses. In the mid to late 80’s, metal bands simply weren’t supposed to incorporate anything other than guitars, bass, drums, and vocals to a mix. Eh, you might get away with a few sound effects, but no one . . . absolutely no one mixed in violins, operatic female vocals, techno beats, and electronica over the fundamental instruments, nor orchestrated all of the sounds to such epic proportions as Celtic Frost.
Into the Pandemonium is far and away my favorite album from Celtic Frost. Having listened to this one over and over again for the past twenty years, it’s become part of my being and despite it’s avant moments, it feels like a natural progression for a band who was so rooted in traditional heavy metal. Definitely the bands high water mark, Pandemonium is one of those albums that gets better with each listen, mainly because there’s so much going on that it’s impossible to pick up all of the intricacies on the first run through. I also appreciate this album for the fact that the band stretched themselves to the point of collapse to create a work of art. Sonically detailed and extravagant, listening to Pandemonium is like staring at a painting for hours on end, adjusting your eyes to pick up the subtle use of brush stroke, color, and texture. In this case, we’re not adjusting our eyes so much as our ears, keying in on the background elements that inspire the foreground actions. I hope that in another twenty years that I’m still finding something new buried deep in the mix of this album.
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