Great Metal Albums of 1986: Celtic Frost- Tragic Serenades

A problem I have always had with EPs is that they can be easily missed by me. Often times, I would only hear about them via word of mouth or if I was lucky enough to see it at the record store. Therefore, many of them, like the 1986 offering “Tragic Serenades” from Swiss thrash metal clique, Celtic Frost, passed me by until recently. Besides, the record store I frequented most in New Jersey wouldn’t have had a Celtic Frost record on display to begin with. On the other hand, had this been a full length album, I would have been kicking myself for letting it go past unnoticed for so long.

“Tragic Serenades” might only have three songs but after a good mosh to it, you would have been just as tired out as if it had been a full LP. It has three really in your face thrash songs starting with what is in my opinion, the best of the three, “The Usurper.” The reason why I like it so much is that despite it’s thundering power chords, pounding bass and drums and a blistering guitar solo or two, it still carries a melody.

Less melodic is the middle song, “Jewel Throne.” The power in this song is ear blowing and the slower tempo of the song gives it an apocalyptic feel. However, midway through the song, it just goes into a mad speed thrash which is guaranteed to get a mosh pit going anywhere it’s played.

Ending the fearsome threesome of songs is the closer, “Return to Eve,” which according to Wikipedia, is listed as a “party mix.” I get the humour with that as it would definitely change the mood of any party. It’s also the best song to end the party but would I like to know is who is the lady who adds to the vocals on it.

Track Listing:

  1. The Usurper
  2. Jewel Throne
  3. Return to Eve
  • Thomas G Warrior- guitar, vocals
  • Martin Ain- bass
  • Reed St Mark- drums, percussion

Like I said, only three songs but man, what three thrashing songs they are!

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4 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1986: Celtic Frost- Tragic Serenades”

  1. I often forget about EPs too. It’s helpful when bands compile them on compilations.

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  2. They’ve had a few more albums after To Mega Therion.


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