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Why I Love... Celtic Frost by Mark Tremonti

Arena rock’s king of riffs loses his shit for Switzerland’s mysterious black metal pioneers.

THEY WERE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

“The first album I got was Into the Pandemonium. A friend brought it over when I was in sixth grade. At first I just thought it was wild and different, but when I heard Inner Sanctum and Babylon Fell, I really fell in love with it. That was their most experimental album. It was all over the place, but that’s the beauty of it. I dug how it was such a strange, dark sound. With that being my first Celtic Frost album, everything from there was great. I quickly got all the rest of them.”

EVEN THEIR MISTAKES ARE COOL

“I consider them a black metal band pushing the limits. It’s very intelligent and complex. The only record they did to fit in with other people was Cold Lake, where they changed their look and went a bit commercial. Luckily, I was young enough when it came out that it didn’t turn me away from them. I loved them no matter what. I still played it a thousand times to search for what I liked on it. After all, it’s still the same members that I’d already enjoyed when they work together creatively, so I gave them the benefit of the doubt. They came back stronger with Monotheist. I was the happiest person ever when that came out!”

THEY ARE CHARISMATIC GENTLEMEN

“Martin Ain [CF bassist] is a very nice guy – I know him and Tom G. Warrior [vocalist/guitarist] didn’t get along very well, but they’ve both been really nice to me. They’d heard that I’d said so many times that they were my favourite band that they knew exactly who I was and they were very polite and thankful. I’ve seen Tom a couple of times. He came out to one of our shows when we went through Sweden. Tom is a very serious, unique person. The character he portrays in his music is almost exactly how he is. He told me that when he worked as H.R. Giger’s assistant, Giger would offer him paintings and he didn’t want to accept them. He doesn’t believe in material things in this world. It’s a cool way to look at things, but if Giger offered me a painting, I’d be happy with that!”

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