Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales (1984)

I have a soft spot for early Celtic Frost; it just seems to tick all of the right boxes as far as metal goes. The overall product is slightly primitive, with a condensed production job, but this allows for a dry, punchy drum sound to penetrate through the fog of guitars. Leads (and oddly, the bass) are fine but the rhythym gets swallowed up in the haze.

Asides from the well-known classics here, my favourites have to be “Visions of Mortality” and “Nocturnal Fear”. The version I have comes with a couple of demo-quality tracks tacked on the end, including a pretty cool version of “Circle of the Tyrants” with some stunning drumming on it.