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Parched With Thirst Am I And Dying - Celtic Frost

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Celtic Frost / Import / Audio CD released 1994-02-01 at Futurist Records

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      15.05.2008 19:26
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      Compilation (1992).

      When the planned fifth Celtic Frost album 'Under Apollyon's Sun' failed to come together for one reason or another, the band's break-up precipitated this release instead, a sort-of fifth album that's more a collection of rarities and unreleased material than a worthless "best-of."

      The material here spans the band's highly flighty eight-year career, from their origins as an underground proto-death metal band with the evil songs 'Return to the Eve,' 'The Usurper' and 'Journey Into Fear' (the re-recording of the central song sadly losing some of its atmosphere), through their experimental phase and even the horrible near-glam of the much-maligned 'Cold Lake' release.

      It's clear that even the band itself came to regret 'Cold Lake,' and while 'Cherry Orchards' is still repeated here (albeit in a radio edit), 'Juices Like Wine' and 'Downtown Hanoi' are both re-recorded as more authentically thrash versions, but they still stink. The band's most recent studio album at this point, 'Vanity/Nemesis' is heavily represented with repetitions of 'The Heart Beneath,' 'Wings of Solitude' and 'The Name of My Bride,' all of which fall into the camp of mediocrity compared to the band's earlier releases, and I was pleased to see a similarly strong representation for the 'Into the Pandemonium' album, the band's most experimental.

      Indeed, it's evident that whatever the unfinished fifth album was going to be, it was taking most of its inspiration from this experimental release. The new songs 'Idols of Chagrin,' 'A Descent to Babylon,' 'The Inevitable Factor' and especially finale 'Under Apollyon's Sun' are all similar in their gothic style to 'Into the Pandemonium,' Tom G. Warrior even sounding like Robert Smith in 'The Inervitable Factor' which could have signalled an interesting direction of gothic thrash had the band pursued it, but in the end this is a very mixed bag of material that makes very little sense without the context. Still, it's the last new release fans would get from Celtic Frost for another decade.

      1. Idols of Chagrin
      2. A Descent to Babylon
      3. Return to the Eve (1985 Studio Jam)
      4. Juices Like Wine (Re-Recorded)
      5. The Inevitable Factor (Unreleased)
      6. The Heart Beneath
      7. Cherry Orchards (Radio Edit)
      8. Tristesses De La Lune
      9. Wings of Solitude
      10. The Usurper (Re-Recorded)
      11. Journey Into Fear (Unreleased)
      12. Downtown Hanoi (Re-Recorded)
      13. Circle of the Tyrants
      14. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
      15. I Won't Dance (The Elders Orient) (Radio Edit)
      16. The Name of My Bride
      17. Mexican Radio (1991 Studio Jam)
      18. Under Apollyon's Sun

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Idols of Chagrin
    2 Descent to Babylon (Babylon Asleep)
    3 Return to the Eve [1985 Studio Jam]
    4 Juices Like Wine
    5 Inevitable Factor [#]
    6 Heart Beneath
    7 Cherry Orchards [Radio Edit]
    8 Tristesses de la Lune
    9 Wings of Solitude
    10 Usurper
    11 Journey into Fear [#]
    12 Downtown Hanoi
    13 Circle of the Tyrants
    14 In the Chapel in the Moonlight
    15 I Won't Dance (The Elders Orient) [Radio Edit]
    16 Name of My Bride
    17 Mexican Radio [1991 Studio Jam]
    18 Under Apollyon's Sun