31 Years Ago: CELTIC FROST release Into the Pandemonium

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31 Years Ago: CELTIC FROST release Into the Pandemonium

...people have said to me that we split the thrash scene in half with this album but we gained more fans as well so that's great. I think we gave people something to think about because we progressed, we got some overwhelming reactions we never expected which were great so we're quite happy. To some people thrash is trendy whichever band it is but I think we changed some people's attitudes to thrash. We got a lot of different opinions but we expected those because there were a lot of different kinds of stuff on the album done in a thrash context.
- Martin E. Ain / Celtic Frost interview, Metal Forces #27, 1988

CELTIC FROST released their second album, Into the Pandemonium, through Noise on this day in 1987.

...generally the press were fantastic. They really picked up on us and we were very happy with most of the press reaction!

...The [Metal Forces] review was biased to Bernard [Doe]'s personal view, not of the music but of Tom and the band to a lesser degree. He should have given room for the musicianship and the lyrics and the song writing instead of being 100% personal. The band and Tom have nothing against METAL FORCES as people, as a magazine because I think it's one of the better mags around and it's just this personal thing between Bernard and Tom.
- Martin E. Ain / Celtic Frost interview, Metal Forces #27, 1988

The thing is that so many people think differently and I like that. Some people didn't like those songs ["Mexican Radio" and "I Won't Dance"] but then again other people really liked them. I think it's this argument about splitting the thrash scene in half again. We had some hardcore FROST fans who liked that stuff and some who didn't and that's great because they're thinking about our music. The tracks are still heavy you know, they're still extreme in the thrash field. Okay, so they're a bit more commercial than something like "Inner Sanctum" but they're not weak - CELTIC FROST are still thrash, we still deal with extremes of mood with our songs - I mean you can't express melancholy or depression while you're screaming into the mic., it just doesn't come across, so that's why we did songs like "Mesmerized" and "I Won't Dance."
- Martin E. Ain / Celtic Frost interview, Metal Forces #27, 1988