Seeing an extreme metal juggernaut like Tom Warrior sporting teased hair and spandex is definitely difficult to accept but that’s what makes this video legendary. This isn’t a joke, they did this for real!
A successful video can have a positive impact on a career but a poor effort can become an albatross. Celtic Frost’s video for the song “Cherry Orchards” is a prime example.
Nowadays, Celtic Frost is a highly revered group. They are considered by many to be one of the forefathers of both black and death metal but back in the day they were a struggling group trying to find their niche.
Celtic Frost’s fourth album, Cold Lake, was released during the heyday of the glam metal movement. This release has been considered a commercial disaster. To this day, Tom Warrior blames poor decision making and bad management as the cause of Celtic Frost’s unfathomable remake as a glam metal band!
The Cold Lake album was purposely omitted from the band’s catalogue reissuing. Tom Warrior has referred to the album as the “absolute worst I could do in my lifetime.” He has also called it “an utter piece of shit” and “possibly the worst album ever created in heavy music”.
Although not every song on Cold Lake is a total disaster, the “Cherry Orchards” video is definitely hard on the eyes. Seeing an extreme metal juggernaut like Tom Warrior sporting teased hair and spandex is definitely difficult to accept but that’s what makes this video legendary. This isn’t a joke, they did this for real!
Celtic Frost disbanded shortly after the Cold Lake release, resurrecting the band after the controversy had settled. Time heals all wounds and later musicians have ignored this undeniable misstep. Nevertheless, this Celtic Frost miscue has now become a part of metal lore.
Perhaps it can be viewed as a warning to other groups not to let commercialism affect their art. Comprise is a part of growing up but not when it dissolves your personal integrity. Let “Cherry Orchard” serve as a warning! \m/
Celtic Frost (1988) :
- Curt Victor Bryant – Bass
- Stephen Priestly – Drums
- Oliver Amberg – Guitars
- Thomas Gabriel – Vocals, Guitars