Celtic Frost Vanity/Nemesis 1990 Review by Time_Signature

8.1
Non-Prog Thrash Metal
To those who hated "Cold Lake" (which means about 99,9999% of the population of the earth), "Vanity/Nemesis" was, if not a glorious return, then at least a decent return to form, as the style is more thrashy than on the aforementioned album. Certainly, it was my favorite Celtic Frost album while their previous releases were still sinking in into my head.

The style is mostly a midtempo type of thrashy metal with only very few avant-garde elements ("Wings of Solitude" may be the only kind of avant-ish track with its overlaid acoustic guitars and semi-whispered female vocals). "A Kiss or a Whisper" and "Wine in my Hand (Third from the Sun)" contain some fast parts. Production-wise, the album has a very crisp and polished sound, compared to all of the previous releases - including "Cold Lake", whose production is actually quite sloppy.

I think that fans of the slower 90s style of thrash metal (before Pantera injected the groove into it) might like this album

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
The Heart Beneath 3:49
7.5
Non-Prog
Wine In My Hand (Third From The Sun) 3:28
7.5
Non-Prog
Wings Of Solitude 4:36
8.0
Non-Prog
The Name Of My Bride 4:32
7.5
Non-Prog
This Island Earth 5:50
7.5
Non-Prog
The Restless Seas 4:40
8.0
Non-Prog
Phallic Tantrum 3:29
8.0
Non-Prog
A Kiss Or A Whisper 3:05
8.0
Non-Prog
Vanity 4:25
8.5
Non-Prog
Nemesis 7:48
10.0
Prog
Heroes 3:47, Bonus
10.0
Prog