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Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales
August 2017
Released: 2017, Noise / BMG
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

BMG who recently acquired Noise Records is currently unveiling a massive reissue campaign from the seminal acts that put Noise Records on the map in the mid eighties. Remastered and Deluxe Expanded Editions of classic albums by such heavyweights as Celtic Frost, Kreator, Helloween, Running Wild, Grave Digger and Voivod are hitting store shelves or awaiting release as we speak.



I'm loving this special edition "Morbid Tales" reissue. Housed in a hardcover digi-pak with full color glossy archival photos and liner notes from the band themselves and a lengthy written piece about the band and album by Xavier Russell. Liner notes causing quite the commotion on this reissue campaign as Celtic Frost mastermind Tom G. Warrior does not endorse these reissues (despite being part of the remastering process) as a result of BMG's legal team attempting to censor and even omit parts of the original liner notes he had written to accompany each album. Having said that, the snippets of band member quotes for each song in the booklet are quotes from the mid-eighties.



For those unfamiliar with Celtic Frost, "Morbid Tales" was the EP that launched the band's career and drastically altered the playing field of mid eighties extreme metal.



The remastering sounds brilliant! I own the 1999 Noise reissues and to my ears the 2017 reissues sound clearer, punchier, louder and thus superior. There are four bonus tracks taken recorded at one of the band's rehearsals back in 1984. We get "Morbid Tales" "Messiah" "Procreation (Of The Wicked)" and "Nocturnal Fear".



An enjoyable, well put together reissue is the end result. One that I'd recommend to fans both new and old alike. I don't know about you but my Celtic Frost albums were beat to shit from years of hauling around in the car and taking over to friends houses and repeated listens. I needed the upgrade! It is a shame that Tom G. Warrior's involvement was hindered. I can only imagine how much better these already great reissues could have been.
Track Listing

1. Human (Intro)
2. Into the Crypts of Rays
3. Visions of Mortality
4. Dethroned Emperor
5. Morbid Tales
6. Procreation (Of the Wicked)
7. Return to the Eve
8. Danse Macabre
9. Nocturnal Fear
10. Morbid Tales (1984 Rehearsal)
11. Messiah (1984 Rehearsal)
12. Procreation (Of the Wicked) (1984 Rehearsal)
13. Nocturnal Fear (1984 Rehearsal)

Lineup

Tom Gabriel Warrior - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Eric Ain - Bass, Additional vocals
Stephen Priestly - Drums

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