Morbid Tales

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Morbid Tales
Studio album by Celtic Frost
Released November 1984
Recorded October 8-15, 1984
Genre Thrash metal, death metal, black metal
Length 24:51 (Europe)
32:09 (USA)
Label Noise (Europe)
Metal Blade (USA)
Celtic Frost chronology
Morbid Tales
(1984)
Emperor's Return
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Morbid Tales is the debut album by the Swiss extreme metal band, Celtic Frost. It was released in November 1984. It was originally released in Europe as a six-track mini-album. However, the first American release by Enigma/Metal Blade added two tracks, making Morbid Tales an LP.

Morbid Tales had a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres.[1][2] It included elements that were adopted by the pioneers of both styles.

In the commentary for Darkthrone's album Panzerfaust, Fenriz cites this album along with Bathory's Under the Sign of the Black Mark and Vader's Necrolust as key riff inspirations.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Gabriel Fischer and Martin Eric Ain, except where noted.

European version[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Into the Crypts of Rays"   4:46
2. "Visions of Mortality" (Fischer) 4:49
3. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)"   4:02
Side Two
No. Title Length
4. "Return to the Eve"   4:05
5. "Danse Macabre"   3:51
6. "Nocturnal Fear"   3:35

USA version[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Into the Crypts of Rays"   3:39
2. "Visions of Mortality" (Fischer) 4:49
3. "Dethroned Emperor" (Fischer) (additional song) 4:37
4. "Morbid Tales" (additional song) 3:29
Side Two
No. Title Length
5. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)"   4:04
6. "Return to the Eve"   4:07
7. "Danse Macabre"   3:52
8. "Nocturnal Fear"   3:36

Remaster[edit]

Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return
Compilation album by Celtic Frost
Released 1999
Recorded 1984–1985
Length 50:02
Label Noise
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Morbid Tales/Emperor's Return is a 1999 remastered edition of the first Celtic Frost album Morbid Tales along with the tracks from their 1985 release Emperor's Return.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Human (intro)" (Intro to "Into the Crypts of Rays"; originally joined as one track, CD reissue split this into 2 tracks) 0:41
2. "Into the Crypts of Rays"   3:39
3. "Visions of Mortality"   4:49
4. "Dethroned Emperor" (additional song) 4:37
5. "Morbid Tales" (additional song) 3:29
6. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)"   4:04
7. "Return to the Eve"   4:07
8. "Danse Macabre"   3:51
9. "Nocturnal Fear"   3:36
10. "Circle of the Tyrants" (additional song) 4:27
11. "Visual Aggression" (additional song) 4:10
12. "Suicidal Winds" (additional song) 4:36

Credits[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Horst Müller – additional vocals (tracks 3, 5 & 7)
  • Hertha Ohling – additional vocals (track 6)
  • Oswald Spengler – violin (tracks 7 & 8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "((( Morbid Tales > Overview )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 May 2003. 
  2. ^ "The First Wave", 2005, page 42.
  3. ^ Bennett, J. "DARKTHRONE – PANZERFAUST". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Black Metal Foundations Top 20: The First Wave" (2005). Terrorizer 128: 42-43.