Into the Pandemonium

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Into The Pandemonium
Studio album by Celtic Frost
Released 2 November 1987
Recorded Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany, January–April 1987
Genre Avant-garde metal, thrash metal, gothic metal
Length 47:59
Label Noise
Producer Celtic Frost
Celtic Frost chronology
Tragic Serenades
(1986)
Into the Pandemonium
(1987)
Cold Lake
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Into the Pandemonium is the third studio album by Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost, released in 1987. The album is more varied than many of Celtic Frost's past LPs, with unlikely covers (Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio"), emotionally-charged love songs, the album's recurring industrial-influenced rhythmic songs of demons and destruction, traditional Frost-styled songs about dreams and fear, and a dark, classical piece with female vocals.

The album is vastly different from the band's previous work and cemented its late '80s avant-garde metal term; it is also a departure from the extreme style found on the band's previous albums, Morbid Tales and To Mega Therion that Celtic Frost had become known for. However, it does have the recurring symphonic elements found on previous albums. The album has a more classic heavy metal style within the songs with elements of industrial, classical and gothic rock. It does have a few black metal elements remaining in Tom Warrior's vocals, though, and some thrash-influenced guitar riffs.

The track "Rex Irae" is the opening part of Celtic Frost's requiem; the third, concluding part of which, "Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)" can be heard on 2006's Monotheist. The second part of the requiem was never released by the band.

"Inner Sanctum" was featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.

Lyrics[edit]

Some of the lyrics are silently borrowed from other sources. For example, significant portions of Inner Sanctum are directly quoted from Emily Brontë poems,[2] while the lyrics to "Tristesses de la lune" are borrowed from the poem of the same name in Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. The lyrics to "Sorrows of the Moon" are an English translation of the same.

Album art[edit]

The cover image is a detail from the right (Hell) panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych painted in 1504 by Hieronymus Bosch, now part of the permanent collection at the Prado in Madrid.

Original LP track listing (Original CD featured different track listing from LP)[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mexican Radio" (Wall of Voodoo cover) Marc Moreland, Stan Ridgway 3:28
2. "Mesmerized"   Martin Eric Ain, Thomas Gabriel Warrior 3:24
3. "Inner Sanctum"   Warrior, Ain 5:14
4. "Sorrows of the Moon"   Ain 3:04
5. "Babylon Fell"   Warrior 4:18
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Caress into Oblivion"   Warrior 5:10
2. "One in Their Pride"   Warrior 2:50
3. "I Won't Dance"   Warrior 4:31
4. "Rex Irae (Requiem)"   Warrior 5:57
5. "Oriental Masquerade"   Warrior 1:15

Remastered CD edition track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Mexican Radio"   3:28
2. "Mesmerized"   3:24
3. "Inner Sanctum"   5:14
4. "Tristesses de la Lune"   2:58
5. "Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)"   4:18
6. "Caress into Oblivion (Jade Serpent II)"   5:10
7. "One in Their Pride (Porthole Mix)"   2:50
8. "I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)"   4:31
9. "Sorrows of the Moon"   3:04
10. "Rex Irae (Requiem)"   5:57
11. "Oriental Masquerade"   1:15
12. "One in Their Pride (Re-entry Mix)"   5:52
13. "In the Chapel in the Moonlight"   2:04
14. "The Inevitable Factor"   4:38
15. "The Inevitable Factor (Alternate Vox)"   4:38

Credits[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Thomas Berter: Backing vocals (track 1)
  • Claudia-Maria Mokri: Backing vocals (tracks 2, 5, 10)
  • Manü Moan: Vocals (track 4)
  • Malgorzata Blaiejewska Woller: Violin (tracks 4, 10, 11)
  • Eva Cieslinski: Violin (tracks 4, 10, 11)
  • Wulf Ebert: Cello (tracks 4, 10, 11)
  • Jürgen Paul Mann: Viola (tracks 4, 10, 11)
  • Lothar Krist: Conductor (tracks 4, 10, 11)
  • Jan Nemec: Sample editing (track 7), engineer
  • H.C. 1922: Backing vocals (track 8)
  • Andreas Dobler: Guitars (track 9, 10, 14)
  • Anton Schreiber: French horn (tracks 10, 11)
  • Marchain Regee Rotschy: Backing vocals (track 13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  2. ^ Hatfield, C. W. The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë, page 54. Columbia University Press, 1941.