Interviewer: Morbid Visions is a legendary record, not just because of Jairo T.’s afro, but also because of how raw and neanderthal-like the production is. Did you set out to make it sound that raw?
Igor: [Laughs] Jairo’s ‘fro was epic! The reality is that we were trying to record extreme music in a country were no studios ever recorded this kind of crap before, so its sound was pure instinct. (Source)
is is no re-issue – this is the real deal. 🙂 No | Title | Length
1. “Morbid Visions”3:23 2. “Mayhem”3:15 3. “Troops of Doom”3:21 4. “War”5:32 5. “Crucifixion”5:02 6. “Show Me the Wrath”3:52 7. “Funeral Rites”4:23 8. “Empire of the Damned”4:24
Morbid Tales is the debut album by the Swiss extreme metal band, Celtic Frost, released in November 1984. It was originally released in Europe as a mini-LP with six tracks. However, the first American release by Enigma/Metal Blade added two tracks, bringing the release to the length of a regular LP.
Some Little-Known Celtic Frost Facts
Although Reid St. Mark was credited, Stephen Priestly is the actual drummer (as a session drummer).
Tom G Warrior does not drink or smoke.
Co-Founder and bassist Martin Ain quit the band before To Mega Therion. He is credited but does not play on the album.
The band’s final tour was with Type O Negative. Peter Steel was a band fan and said, “Type O show be opening for them.”
Celtic Frost played their final show in Mexico in 2008.
Tom G. Warrior now has a band Triptykon. They include a lot of Celtic Frost material in their set.
Celtic Frost co-founder Marian Ain died of a heart attack on October 17th, 2017, at the age of 50. After the 2nd go-round with Celtic Frost, he became a DVD store owner.
Stephen Priestly is now 53 and hasn’t been active in music since playing on Morbid Tales.
Classic Album: Morbid Tales On Youtube
In 1999 a remastered edition of Morbid Tales was released on CD by Noise Records, which also contained the tracks from their 1985 EP Emperor’s Return, and a 2017 remastered edition was released by the same label on CD and Vinyl formats. (SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA)
Editors Note: As the band continued, they went from a less black metal direction into a more glam style that disappointed many fans.
US version Side One
1.”Into the Crypts of Rays” (Warrior)3:39 2.”Visions of Mortality”4:49 3.”Dethroned Emperor” (Warrior)4:37 4.”Morbid Tales”3:29
5.”Procreation (Of the Wicked)”4:04 6.”Return to the Eve”4:07 7.”Danse Macabre”3:52 8.”Nocturnal Fear”
The Celtic Frost Line-Up on Morbid Tales
Tom Warrior – guitars, lead vocals, co-producer Martin Ain – bass, bass effects, vocals, co-producer Stephen Priestly – session drums (the actual drummer)
Credited: Reed St. Mark – drums on tracks 10-12 (remastered edition)