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Release date: 1988
Style: Glam metal, Heavy metal

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01. Human (Intro)
02. Seduce Me Tonight
03. Petty Obsession
04. (Once) They Were Eagles
05. Cherry Orchards
06. Juices Like Wine
07. Little Velvet
08. Blood On Kisses
09. Downtown Hanoi
10. Dance Sleazy
11. Roses Without Thorns
12. Tease Me
13. Mexican Radio [new version]

Bottom 20 albums of all time: 9

Review


Line-up
Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer - vocals, guitars
Curt Victor Bryant - bass, guitar, backing vocals
Oliver Amberg - guitars, backing vocals
Stephen "Evoked Damnator" Priestly - drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians:
Michelle Villanueva - vocals
Tony Platt - programming
Xavier Russell - backing vocals
Brian Hewett - rap vocals, backing vocals

Guest review by
deadone

Rating:
6.0
In a genre where profanity and lyrics about violence is rather common, there are still some unmentionable things which offend the metal legions. Celtic Frost's Cold Lake is one of these unmentionables. It is regarded as one of metal's worst abominations, sharing a place in a pantheon of rubbish alongside such luminaries as Lulu, Load, Risk, Illud Divinum Insanus and The Unspoken King.

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published 08.05.2014 | Comments (3)

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Cüca Beludo - 05.08.2012 at 19:49  
  What Gabriel was thinking??
M C Vice - 28.09.2012 at 10:06  
Rating: 6 Better than Panzerfaust.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.09.2012 at 10:23  
 
Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than Panzerfaust.



Mmm, no, but better than anything by Gallhammer for sure
M C Vice - 28.09.2012 at 11:07  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.09.2012 at 10:23

Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than Panzerfaust.



Mmm, no, but better than anything by Gallhammer for sure

Ooh, that's a low blow. It is better than Gloomy Lights, though. Similar to Vanity/Nemesis and the less avant-garde parts of Into The Pandemonium.
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.09.2012 at 11:12  
 
Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 11:07

Similar to Vanity/Nemesis and the less avant-garde parts of Into The Pandemonium.


I find Vanity/Nemesis superior to Cold Lake and all parts of Into The Pandemonium (which is in my opinion still one of the most overrated albums ever and really not that avantgarde at all) also supperior to this atrocity called Cold Lake.

And to make it clear I have always found Celtic Frost average at best and one of the most overrated bands ever. Thank God they were laughed out of the room when they first released their stuff
M C Vice - 28.09.2012 at 11:21  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.09.2012 at 11:12

Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 11:07

Similar to Vanity/Nemesis and the less avant-garde parts of Into The Pandemonium.


I find Vanity/Nemesis superior to Cold Lake and all parts of Into The Pandemonium (which is in my opinion still one of the most overrated albums ever and really not that avantgarde at all) also supperior to this atrocity called Cold Lake.

And to make it clear I have always found Celtic Frost average at best and one of the most overrated bands ever. Thank God they were laughed out of the room when they first released their stuff

I meant they were similar sylistically. Cold Lake is still the bottom of their discography, but it wasn't as bigger departure from their sound as people say. Pandemonium showed that they were already leaving the sound of Morbit Tales/To Mega Therion. And Nemesis is a great song. Good (light) thrash album.
Angelic Storm - 28.09.2012 at 12:46  
  This album is awful, and makes Metallica's Black Album seem like an absolute masterpiece in comparsion. Just a terrible album, although it's okay for providing a bit of amusement I guess!
Maldoror - 28.09.2012 at 16:36  
  As a fan of early Celtic Frost I've been avoiding this album for years. When I finally found the courage to listen to it I was kind of surprised that it is not as crappy as I had expected. Nevertheless, this is still CF's worst release. The songs are dull and uninspired and most of the things I had liked about this band are missing. I think that their old fans were more pissed off by the change of their image and especially the terrible video for Cherry Orchards than the music itself.
M C Vice - 01.10.2012 at 05:42  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 28.09.2012 at 16:36

As a fan of early Celtic Frost I've been avoiding this album for years. When I finally found the courage to listen to it I was kind of surprised that it is not as crappy as I had expected. Nevertheless, this is still CF's worst release.

Ditto.
megadeath13 - 02.12.2012 at 15:28  
  So bad that it hurts
ManiacBlasphemer - 28.04.2013 at 15:09  
Rating: 1 I find it amusing how somebody has the guts to say that Celtic Frost are overrated when you have a shitload of extreme metal bands that followed in their steps. Fuck, you got a shitload of black metal bands that developed their sound thanks to Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, and a lot of death metal bands as well.

Albums like To Megatherion, Into the Pandemonium and their last, Monotheist are nothing more, nothing less than masterpieces. Period. Even Tom's new project, Triptykon, proves to be a great one too, Eparistera Daimones is one hell of an album. If anything, Celtic Frost contributed enourmously to the development of the extreme metal genres.
Timelord - 04.04.2014 at 11:41  
Rating: 2
Written by ManiacBlasphemer on 28.04.2013 at 15:09

I find it amusing how somebody has the guts to say that Celtic Frost are overrated when you have a shitload of extreme metal bands that followed in their steps. Fuck, you got a shitload of black metal bands that developed their sound thanks to Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, and a lot of death metal bands as well.

Albums like To Megatherion, Into the Pandemonium and their last, Monotheist are nothing more, nothing less than masterpieces. Period. Even Tom's new project, Triptykon, proves to be a great one too, Eparistera Daimones is one hell of an album. If anything, Celtic Frost contributed enourmously to the development of the extreme metal genres.



All I hear when some idiot goes into the "Overrated " diatribe is "I don't like it and you shouldn't either". Obviously there is a serious denial going on because Celtic Frost wasn't "overrated" . Along with Bathory they laid the groundwork for an ENTIRE genre that STILL cites Celtic Frost as a major influence. So by the "overrated" claim one must disregard the whole genre. YEAH OK! We get it ...blah blah overrated blah blah.....Turn on some Circle of the Tyrants to drown out this noise.

The main reasons that Tom G actually did this barbie doll version of Celtic Frost is: Money was owed to the record company and the most viable thing to make money was to try and get on that 80's mainstream formula. He also had a VERY difficult time that CF was always mentioned as an influence on the black metal church burnings. He blamed himself and distanced himself from that genre.
deadone - 29.04.2014 at 08:40  
Rating: 6 It's not bad for a sleazy thrashy metal album. And it's not a glam metal album - it's still far heavier than anything being put out by Motley Crue or Guns N Roses or Ratt at the time.


I certainly prefer it to Into The Pandemonium or Monotheist.

I hate the intro though with a passion.
Frank Comstock - 11.11.2014 at 10:14  
Rating: 2 WHY?
Kuroboshi - 07.01.2015 at 13:54  
Rating: 6 Yeah, it's actually not that bad. Of course, not quality metal, but catchy at times. However, I think I will leave this album to rest after just one spin. I just came to see what the fuss was about.
Lord_Regnier - 08.01.2015 at 00:48  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.09.2012 at 11:12

Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 11:07

Similar to Vanity/Nemesis and the less avant-garde parts of Into The Pandemonium.


I find Vanity/Nemesis superior to Cold Lake and all parts of Into The Pandemonium (which is in my opinion still one of the most overrated albums ever and really not that avantgarde at all) also supperior to this atrocity called Cold Lake.

And to make it clear I have always found Celtic Frost average at best and one of the most overrated bands ever. Thank God they were laughed out of the room when they first released their stuff


Same feelings here. Imo, Bathory and Mercyful Fate were vastly superior to Celtic Frost and Venom.
Among those bands, Celtic Frost is the worst by far.
Lord_Regnier - 08.01.2015 at 00:52  
 
Written by deadone on 29.04.2014 at 08:40

It's not bad for a sleazy thrashy metal album. And it's not a glam metal album - it's still far heavier than anything being put out by Motley Crue or Guns N Roses or Ratt at the time.


It might be heavier but it has the Glam attitude written all over it.
deadone - 08.01.2015 at 01:08  
Rating: 6
Written by Lord_Regnier on 08.01.2015 at 00:52

It might be heavier but it has the Glam attitude written all over it.


Only in some of the lyrics and song titles. Most of the actual lyrics are quite bizarre anyhow.


Musically it's the same attitude you find on Venom and most early 1980s metal.
Vombatus - 08.01.2015 at 01:53  
 
Written by deadone on 08.01.2015 at 01:08

Written by Lord_Regnier on 08.01.2015 at 00:52

It might be heavier but it has the Glam attitude written all over it.


Only in some of the lyrics and song titles. Most of the actual lyrics are quite bizarre anyhow.


Musically it's the same attitude you find on Venom and most early 1980s metal.


More in the band imagery and concept behind the album than anything else...

I think the music isn't terrible but suffers the cult-band-drastically-changes-their-sound syndrome. Under another name it wouldn't have half the hate.
deadone - 08.01.2015 at 02:38  
Rating: 6
Written by Vombatus on 08.01.2015 at 01:53

I think the music isn't terrible but suffers the cult-band-drastically-changes-their-sound syndrome. Under another name it wouldn't have half the hate.



Hits the nail square on the head.
farckashkun - 25.03.2015 at 16:00  
Rating: 2
Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than Panzerfaust.

Huh?Panzerfaust is a 10/10 album,what are you talking about?
Lit. - 25.03.2015 at 17:41  
 
Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than To Mega Therion.

I don't know where the Panzerfaust comparison came from, but this I think is more accurate.
M C Vice - 26.03.2015 at 08:50  
Rating: 6
Written by farckashkun on 25.03.2015 at 16:00

Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than Panzerfaust.

Huh?Panzerfaust is a 10/10 album,what are you talking about?

I'm talking about Panzerfaust being the single worst album I own and have ever listened to. The 4th album by The Runaways being a close 2nd.
Marcel Hubregtse - 26.03.2015 at 13:25  
 
Written by M C Vice on 26.03.2015 at 08:50


I'm talking about Panzerfaust being the single worst album I own and have ever listened to. The 4th album by The Runaways being a close 2nd.



Impossible since you own and have listened to Gallhammer.
farckashkun - 26.03.2015 at 15:06  
Rating: 2
Written by M C Vice on 26.03.2015 at 08:50

Written by farckashkun on 25.03.2015 at 16:00

Written by M C Vice on 28.09.2012 at 10:06

Better than Panzerfaust.

Huh?Panzerfaust is a 10/10 album,what are you talking about?

I'm talking about Panzerfaust being the single worst album I own and have ever listened to. The 4th album by The Runaways being a close 2nd.

That's purely subjective. Panzerfaust is one of my all time favorites. I enjoy every song besides Snø Og Granskog (Utferd), which isn't really a song.
M C Vice - 27.03.2015 at 09:33  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 26.03.2015 at 13:25

Written by M C Vice on 26.03.2015 at 08:50


I'm talking about Panzerfaust being the single worst album I own and have ever listened to. The 4th album by The Runaways being a close 2nd.



Impossible since you own and have listened to Gallhammer.

Touché.

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