2. Celtic Frost – From Extreme Metal Pioneers To Glam Rock Numptys
Celtic Frost are a metal institution, responsible for some of the finest albums of the 80’s and long revered as godfathers of extremity and their penchant for progression was always evident. 1987’s avant-garde masterclass, Into The Pandemonium, bears little resemblance to the blackened thrash found on 1985’s To Mega Therion but these albums never strayed from the heavy metal path and their underground and pioneering thrash/death/black metal aesthetic.
And then came Cold Lake.
Cold Lake is glam metal and Celtic Frost and glam metal do not go together. An unparalleled disaster – even the band hate it – the album is an acquired taste to say the least and the fact that Celtic Frost omitted Cold Lake when they re-issued their back catalogue in 1999 speaks volumes.