The Swiss Gods of Extreme Metal present with their first full-length record their best one. It was high time after the both EPs "Morbid Tales" and "Emperor's Return". And this is a absolutely mighty work: "To Mega Therion" is an album for the eternity! A classic, which is unmatched until today.
It is beginning with the divinely intro "Innocence And Wrath", which leads bombastically with kettle drums into "The Usurper", a song which is predestined for the FROST sound. Extremely, with simple but very effective riffs. But there is another aspect to mention, the aspect that there hadn't been women singing in this genre ever before or that there hadn't been elements like the kettle drums ever before. Listen to the majestic Doom song "Dawn Of Meggido". The presence of the kettle drums, just terrific! There is also their greatest hit "Circle Of The Tyrants" on the record, though it was also on "Dethroned Emperor".
There is no reason to praise all songs itemize, because there are just classics on the record. But one should mention the craziest song of the album, "Necromantical Screams". It is one of the most sadly and darkest tracks ever. Just goose bumps! 99% of all so called Gothic bands could learn how the female opera vocalist is introduced. Not to forget the middle part with its kettle drums and this horrible Doomriffing, just unbelievable!
Let me say, that I can just recommend every newer Black Metal fan this record, though it sounds a little bit unspectacular and low. Give it a try! If you are able to interprete the morbid world of CELTIC FROST, this work will change your life! After this one, FROST released "Into The Pandemonium", their most extreme and most craziest album. For the most of their fans was it too much "avant-garde" but it was also very bold for that time. They integrated Pop, Hip Hop, Classic and Doom and the vocals sounded like an oppressed variation of CHRISTIAN DEATH. They were the first one who combined an orchestra with Death Metal. Of course, I know DEEP PURPLE and ELP, but this wasn't Death Metal, wasn't it?
Honestly, I can't understand this HELLHAMMER hype, in comparision with FROST, the HELLHAMMER material sounds very dilletantish! (Online September 13, 2002)