The 10 best Celtic Frost songs by Paradise Lost's Nick Holmes
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The influence of Celtic Frost on the extreme metal scene is undeniable. Since forming, the Zürich band – led by Thomas Gabriel Fischer (then opting for the surname Warrior) – released six albums and two EPs.
The band had a particular impact on a young metal fan in West Yorkshire called Nick Holmes. Here, the Paradise Lost and Bloodbath frontman whittles down their output into 10 essential tracks...
10. GROUND (Monotheist, 2006)
I have to say that this album came too late to save their career. Mostly, the album sounds as if the band were trying to fit in with what else was happening rather than being innovative. But Ground is an exception. It's simplicity is a key factor, and the production is very strong. This song really hit me when I first heard it.
9. INTO THE CRYPT OF RAYS (Morbid Tales, 1984)
I recall seeing this on a Swiss TV show, when the band were miming to it. I loved their look. The make-up and Tom G. Warrior's backcombed hair. They looked so amazing, and this song sounded so fast at the time. Maybe not now, but then... it was real speed.
8. DAWN OF MEGGIDO (To Mega Therion, 1985)
Firstly, I love that title. Meggido turns up in The Omen, doesn't it? The Daggers Of Meggido are to be used to kill Damien. The song itself is grand and dark. That type's my favourite style from Celtic Frost. And the use of timpani drums was very experimental at the time.
7. IN THE CHAPEL IN THE MOONLIGHT (Parched with Thirst Am I and Dying, 1992)
I only found out recently this is a cover of a Dean Martin song. I've not heard the original, and don't think I want to. It's so quirky, and an amazing cover to do. The band totally make it their own.