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Studio album by Celtic Frost
Released April 11, 1990
Recorded Fall/winter 1989
Studio Sky Track Studio and Hansa Studios, Berlin, Germany
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal, gothic metal
Length 46:30
Label EMI/Noise
Noise/RCA (USA)
Celtic Frost chronology
Cold Lake
Parched with Thirst Am I and Dying
Singles from Vanity/Nemesis
  1. "Wine in My Hand (Third from the Sun)"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10[2]

Vanity/Nemesis is the fifth studio album by Swiss heavy metal band Celtic Frost, released on April 11, 1990 through Noise Records.

Modern reviews see this album as a return-to-form compared to the band's previous album, Cold Lake, but contemporary critics unfairly panned it.[1][2] The band continued experimenting and evolving their music, this time fusing elements of traditional heavy metal, thrash metal and gothic rock.[1] It has a different sound from the black/death metal of the first 2 albums, or the avant-garde metal of Into the Pandemonium, although Vanity/Nemesis retains lyrical and musical elements from those releases.[1][2]

Vanity/Nemesis would be Celtic Frost's last studio album before the dissolution of the band in 1993 and until their return album in 2006 Monotheist. Vanity/Nemesis was re-released in 1999 with additional tracks. The album also includes a cover of David Bowie's 1977 hit "Heroes".

The track "The Heart Beneath" was used on the Manga Entertainment compilation trailers on the UK, Dutch and Australian released video tapes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Heart Beneath" Thomas Gabriel Warrior Curt Victor Bryant, Stephen Priestly, Warrior 3:49
2. "Wine in My Hand (Third from the Sun)" Warrior Bryant, Priestly, Warrior 3:26
3. "Wings of Solitude" Warrior Warrior 4:35
4. "The Name of My Bride" Martin Eric Ain Bryant 4:30
5. "This Island Earth" (Bryan Ferry cover) Ferry Ferry 5:49
6. "The Restless Seas" Warrior Bryant, Ron Marks, Warrior 5:40
7. "Phallic Tantrum" Ain, Warrior Bryant, Warrior 3:31
8. "A Kiss or a Whisper" Ain, Warrior Bryant, Warrior 3:04
9. "Vanity" Ain, Warrior Bryant, Priestly, Warrior 4:24
10. "Nemesis" Ain, Warrior Bryant, Marks, Warrior 7:46
11. "Heroes" (David Bowie cover, CD edition bonus track) Bowie Bowie, Brian Eno 3:45
1999 remastered edition bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. "A Descent to Babylon (Babylon Asleep)" Ain, Warrior Marks, Warrior 4:26


Celtic Frost
  • Thomas Gabriel Warrior – lead vocals, rhythm guitars (except tracks 3, 7), bass (track 7), backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
  • Curt Victor Bryant – bass (except tracks 1, 7), lead and rhythm guitars (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12), backing vocals (tracks 1, 2)
  • Martin Eric Ain - bass (track 1), backing vocals (tracks 1, 7, 10)
  • Stephen Priestly – drums, backing vocals (track 2)
Additional musicians
  • Ron Marks - lead and rhythm guitars (except tracks 2, 7), acoustic guitars (track 10)
  • Michelle Fischer - additional vocals (track 1)
  • Roli Mosimann - additional vocals (track 1), sampling keyboards (track 10)
  • Michele Amar - additional vocals (tracks 3, 11)
  • Uta Gunther - backing vocals (tracks 3, 6, 9, 10, 12)
  • Roli Mosimann - producer, additional arrangements
  • Brian Martin - engineer, mixing
  • Voco Fauxpas - engineer
  • Alex Leser, Michele Amar, Andreas Gerhardt, Michael Herzog, Tom Re - assistant engineers
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering at Masterdisk, New York
  • Karl-U. Walterbach - executive producer


  1. ^ a b c d Torreano, Bradley. "Celtic Frost - Vanity/Nemesis review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.