11 Feb Episode 50 – Exalt of the Weird: Celebrating Celtic Frost’s Into the Pandemonium
Storming the gates with a new wave cover tune, borrowing from Baudelaire and sampling from NASA Apollo transmissions over primitive machine pulses, Swiss pioneers Celtic Frost exploited terrain no metal band had before with their third full-length album. Created under constant stress and duress in the early months of 1987, the self-produced album was a bold, controversial piece of art that continues to divide the Frost fan base decades later. Irrational yet focused, phantasmagoric yet genuine, and depicting a Heavenly sort of Hell, Into the Pandemonium knots together opposing forces and plunges us into the abode of all demons. Playful, mischievous, path-finding demons…
“Babylon Fell,” “Caress Into Oblivion” and “I Won’t Dance” are subtitled on some version of Into the Pandemonium thusly, parenthetically, and respectively: “Jade Serpent,” “Jade Serpent II” and “The Elders’ Orient.”
Jeff misspoke slightly. The correct title of the Hieronymous Bosch painting that the band used for the album cover is The Garden of Earthly Delights.
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Music cited, in order of appearance:
[all songs Celtic Frost, except where noted]
Wall of Voodoo, “Mexican Radio” (Call of the West, 1982)
“Mexican Radio” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“Mesmerized” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
Christian Death, “Figurative Theatre” (Only Theatre of Pain, 1982)
“Inner Sanctum” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“Eternal Summer” (To Mega Therion, 1985)
“Sorrows of the Moon” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“Tristesses de la Lune” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
Dead Can Dance, “Windfall” (Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, 1987)
“Babylon Fell” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“Suicidal Winds” (Emperor’s Return, 1985)
“Caress Into Oblivion” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
Anathema, “Shroud of Frost” (The Silent Enigma, 1995)
“One in Their Pride” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
Skinny Puppy, “One Time One Place” (Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, 1986)
“I Won’t Dance” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“Downtown Hanoi” (Cold Lake, 1988) (remixed version, with restored drum track and new guitars)
“Rex Irae (Requiem)” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
Believer, “Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)” (Sanity Obscure, 1990)
“Oriental Masquerade” (Into the Pandemonium, 1987)
“The Inevitable Factor” (Into the Pandemonium non-album track, 1987)
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.
This is Radical Research Podcast episode 50.