2006 NEWS ARCHIVE
December 4, 2006 - EUROPEAN LEG OF "MONOTHEIST" TOUR
Following the release of their much acclaimed "Monotheist" album, Celtic Frost are proud to announce the dates of the
band's highly anticipated first European tour in 17 years. On the heels of
their victorious and extended North American tour in late 2006 and their
first shows in Japan in early 2007, Celtic Frost are teaming up with
longtime friends Kreator from Germany to co-headline 25 concerts across
Europe. It is expected that the line-up of the tour will be completed by two
further highly exceptional bands, both of whom have been personally selected
by Celtic Frost and Kreator. Click on the "Itinerary" section for a complete list of shows.
November 30, 2006 - NEW EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE ONLINE
+ Exclusive H.R. Giger/Celtic Frost and Hellhammer Merchandise Now Available Online +
Celtic Frost are proud to announce the online availability of two new lines of globally exclusive merchandise through Celtic Frost's Webstore.
- The only legitimate H.R. Giger/Celtic Frost "To Mega Therion" merchandise featuring H.R. Giger's "Satan I" painting is now available online through both the "Europe" and "America" webstores on www.celticfrost.com.
- Equally exclusive is the introduction of official Hellhammer merchandise. This is the first time ever that official Hellhammer merchandise is being manufactured since Hellhammer's inception in May 1982; consequently, this is the only non-bootleg Hellhammer merchandise ever released.
The first item to be launched is the "Satanic Rites" demo design of December 1983, which is available as wristband, zipper hoodie, longsleeve, and t-shirt (sizes M, L, XL). Further merchandise designs planned for future release in the Hellhammer Edition will be based on the "Triumph of Death" demo artwork and the "Apocalyptic Raids" EP artwork. The introduction through the "America & Worldwide" webstore will occur slightly later, but we expect this to take place shortly.
Europe & Worldwide webstore: http://www.mallmate.com/celticfrost/index.html
America & Worldwide webstore: http://www.jsrdirect.com/bands/celticfrost/index.html
November 27, 2006 - CONCLUSION OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
On the occasion of the conclusion of the 2006 North American leg of Celtic
Frost's "Monotheist" tour, we would like to pause for a moment to thank the many
who made this massive undertaking possible.
We wish to pay tribute to the extraordinary audiences we were granted to play
for and encounter during our 46 concerts in the United States and Canada. Never
before in the band's history have we been made to feel so welcome and respected.
We particularly wish to thank the many who attended multiple tour dates, from
two to what we believe is the current record, ten concerts.
We are further deeply indebted to our crew, each member of which has gone far
beyond the call of duty to ensure each day that Celtic Frost were able to
exercise onstage the required musical darkness. Gratitude and respect is also
due to our special guests and friends 1349, Sahg, Sunn O))), and Goatwhore. In
conclusion, we feel deeply honored to have been able to welcome to our shows
many of our peers and friends, among them former Celtic Frost drummer Reed St.
The Frost bows to all of you.
This was Celtic Frost's first tour of North America in over 17 years. As
currently intended, we will return to the United States and Canada, after the
group concludes the currently scheduled tours in Japan and Europe in the first
half of 2007.
November 18, 2006 - VIDEO CLIP TO BE FEATURED AT FILM FESTIVAL
Celtic Frost's new video clip for the song, "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh,"
is to be featured as part of the program of the 42nd edition of the renown
Solothurn Film Festival in Switzerland, January 22 to 28, 2007. The clip will be
shown in the category "Sound & Stories". "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh"
was taken from Celtic Frost's first album in 14 years, "Monotheist", and the
clip was directed by Jessie Fischer (no relation to Celtic Frost's Tom Gabriel
Fischer), and filmed in Zurich, Switzerland, in mid-August 2006.
November 15, 2006 - WACKEN PERFORMANCE TO AIR ON "PREMIERE" TV
Celtic Frost's monumental performance at the 2006 Wacken Open Air Festival will be shown on the Pay TV Channel "Premiere" in Germany. More information can be found by clicking here. This program is available for purchase only if you have a subscription with the Channel. The specific program and air times are as follows:
"Konzertpaket 3 - Soulfly/Celtic Frost"
First broadcasting: November 17, 2006, 00.00 - 02:00 Uhr
+ November 18, 2006, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
+ November 19, 2006, 21:00 - 23:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
+ November 23, 2006, 21:00 - 23:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
+ November 24, 2006, 00:00 - 02:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
+ November 25, 2006, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
+ November 26, 2006, 21:00 - 23:00 Uhr - Premiere Direkt
View a trailer for it here.
October 30, 2006 - JAPAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Celtic Frost have announced new tour dates for Japan, beginning in January of 2007, as part of the "Extreme The Dojo Vol. 16" tour (which also includes Satyricon). This marks the first time that Celtic Frost have ever toured Japan.
"It goes without saying that we are very much looking forward to finally bringing Celtic Frost to Japan," stated guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Fischer. "After touring extensively in Europe and North America these
past few months, our live show will speak for itself."
Celtic Frost is currently finishing up it's North American Tour in support of "Monotheist". Click on the "Itinerary" section at www.celticfrost.com for more detailed information on all upcoming tour dates.
October 18, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PHOTO GALLERY EXPANDED
Celtic Frost continues to expand its Photo Gallery section to include even more
pictures from the current North American "Monotheist" Tour. The Photo Gallery
now includes pictures from the second night at BB King's in New York on
September 15th, as well as pictures of San Francisco from The Fillmore on
October 3rd (two of these pictures include 1349 singer Ravn, as he joined
Celtic Frost onstage that night to perform "The Usurper"). Click on the "Multimedia" section to view them.
Also included in the New York shows are special backstage/aftershow photos
which were photographed by Les Barany - agent of, among others, H.R. Giger.
Barany was a critical force in helping to restablish the collaboration between Celtic Frost and H.R. Giger. This collaboration resulted in the
first official H.R. Giger/Celtic Frost "Satan I/To Mega Therion" merchandise
being produced for both the current tour as well as being made available at www.celticfrost.com beginning in November.
These pictures are among the many that Les Barany photographed of the band
as he travelled additionally with them to both the Montreal and Toronto
shows. Thus, more photos from the tour are forthcoming...
October 16, 2006 - MORE POST-SHOW AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS ANNOUNCED
Celtic Frost will be holding more Post-show Autograph Signings at the following live shows:
+ October 27th - Atlanta - The Masquerade
+ November 3rd - Poughkeepsie - The Chance
+ November 8th - Cincinnati - Bogart's
Click on the "Itinerary" section for more information.
October 13, 2006 - MORE POST-SHOW AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS ANNOUNCED
Celtic Frost will be holding Post-show Autograph Signings at the following live shows:
+ October 17th - Sauget, IL - Pop's
+ October 20th - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
+ October 21st - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Click on the "Itinerary" section for more information.
October 6, 2006 - TOWER RECORDS IN-STORE SIGNING RESCHEDULED
The Tower Records in-store signing for Celtic Frost scheduled at 4:00PM PST for Hollywood on Saturday, October 7th, has been re-scheduled for 5:00PM PST. The location of the store is 8801 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Additionally, due to the events that occurred in the music industry today, this will be a historic occasion on multiple levels, as the Celtic Frost in-store signing will be the final in-store band appearance ever at the legendary Tower Records-Sunset store!
This signing will precede the band's performance later that night at the House of Blues in Hollywood. More information on the House of Blues show can be located at www.hob.com.
October 5, 2006 - NEW PHOTO GALLERIES ADDED
Celtic Frost have expanded their "Photo" gallery within the "Multimedia" section to include live photos from both their summer festival appearances this past year, as well as new pictures from their current North American Tour. Click on the "Multimedia" section to view them.
October 2, 2006 - MTV2 APPEARANCE AVAILABLE TO VIEW
Celtic Frost's appearance on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" from Saturday, September 30th, can be viewed at this location:
"HeadBanger's Ball - Overdrive"
The segment was taped when Frost played in New York City earlier this month. The show also marked the "Headbangers Ball" premier of the video for "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh," taken from their 2006 release, "Monotheist".
September 29, 2006 - CELTIC FROST TELEVISED APPEARANCESRedemption TV Schedule
Celtic Frost will be appearing on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" this Saturday, September 30th, at 10:00PM EST (more information here). The segment was taped when Frost played in New York City earlier this month. The show will also mark the "Headbangers Ball" premier of the video for "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh," taken from their 2006 release, "Monotheist".
"The tour and the audience's reactions have far exceeded all of our expectations," said bassist Martin Eric Ain, checking in from Calgary. "We have worked very hard to bring the Frost back, and the support of the people we have met so far during these shows has made it more than worthwhile. We are one-third into this tour, and we'd like to think there is much more to come and that we have much more to give."
Currently 14 shows into their 47-date North American tour, the band will perform in Victoria, Canada tomorrow night, complete information here or by clicking on the "Itinerary" section on www.celticfrost.com. On October 3rd, the band will be joined by Sunn o))) and Goatwhore, replacing current supporting artists 1349 and Sahg.
For UK viewers, Redemption TV will be airing footage of Celtic Frost's sold-out concert at the Mean Fiddler in London on August 19, 2006, beginning this Sunday, October 1st. Click here for a list of show times and channel info:
This show marked Celtic Frost's return to England
after 16 long years, and the audience had come to celebrate the occasion in uproarious style at the packed and blisteringly hot venue at the heart of London.
September 13, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE
Celtic Frost Comment on First Night Performance - Celtic Frost launched their North American tour last night at Springfield's Jaxx. Commenting on the first of the venue's two shows, vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer had this to say:
"The commencement of our first North American tour in 17 years couldn't have been more fitting and symbolic. The aura of the concert, and our audience's reaction, surpassed even what we experienced during the recent string of European festival appearances. It was also a huge honor for us to perform for former Celtic Frost drummer Reed St. Mark, who came down from his hometown of New York to see us. Reed was instrumental in crafting the music that has made this band what it is. One of our fans later expressed that our generosity was worth everything. But we felt that it was the audience's generosity which made the five-year struggle to release a new album and bring our band back on the road over here truly worthwhile."
Find pictures from the show at the Jaxx website here.
September 11, 2006 - CELTIC FROST "ROADIE FOR A DAY" CONTEST - NOW CLOSED
The "Roadie for a Day" contest for the "Monothesist" North American Tour is now complete. This section is being left here for archival purposes:
Are you an organized, punctual team player who can handle responsibility? Already have experience? Inexperienced, but are eager to learn? Or, can you at least follow instructions and not break
things? Most importantly, do you want the opportunity to meet Celtic Frost? Then maybe you have what it takes to be a Celtic Frost "Roadie for a Day"!
Let us know by applying for the job! We are taking roadie "applications" for the following select cities:
+ Montreal - Eric Massicotte from Sainte-Thecle was the winner.
+ San Diego - Eric Sandstrom from Menifee, CA was the winner.
+ Anaheim - Michael Anthony Garcia from Carson, CA was the winner.
+ Las Vegas - Marco Soriano from Henderson, NV was the winner.
+ Albuquerque - Bob Dickerson from Albuquerque, NM was the winner.
+ San Antonio - Sally Sanchez from Brownsville, TX was the winner.
+ New Orleans - Blake Ybarzabal from New Orleans, LA was the winner.
+ Myrtle Beach - This show was cancelled - no winner.
1. You must be available to work the full day of the show. You will be an official crew member (so please be respectful and follow instructions). However, you will be able to enjoy the full show once it starts (and, yes, this will include a full-access pass!).
2. You must be at least twenty one (21) years of age to enter.
3. Entries must be received by 9:00 AM EST at least three (3) days prior to the specific show you are applying for (Please check the "Itinerary" section at www.celticfrost.com for specific dates of shows). If you are picked to be the Roadie, you will be notified two (2) days prior to the
All winners will be chosen by Celtic Frost, themselves!
To apply, send the following detailed information to email@example.com:
1. What city you are applying for.
2. Some background on yourself.
3. What experience, if any, you have (be as detailed as you can).
4. If no previous experience, why would you like to be considered for the job?
5. Contact information - please include your full name, address, and both day and evening contact phone numbers.
*Please note*: Make sure you provide us information for *each* of the categories above. Any information not included makes the entry at risk of not being considered!
*Please also note*: - the e-mail header must include "CF Roadie Application for [insert city]" (Those entries that do not include this header are at risk of not being read and not being considered!).
What are you waiting for? Apply now - firstname.lastname@example.org!
"The fine print"- please read:
+ There will be a total of one (1) winner per show.
+ Winner must provide their own transportation to and from the show.
+ Winner must provide their own accommodations (if coming from out of town).
+ Winner will not receive any monetary compensation.
+ By entering this contest, you waive Celtic Frost, A-Label Management,
Century Media Records, and all local promoters/venues of any liability and/or liability issues that may arise during promotion.
September 8, 2006 - CELTIC FROST WEBSTORE LAUNCHED
Celtic Frost's Official Merchandise Webstore has now been launched. The
webstore can be accessed by clicking on the "Merchandise" tab. The Merchandise section
contains links to both Europe/Worldwide and America/Worldwide stores. Fans
can now order the full range of currently available Celtic Frost merchandise
online. Additionally, the webstore will frequently offer exclusive
merchandise and special items not available anywhere else.
The official and exclusive line of H.R. Giger and Celtic Frost "Satan I"/"To Mega Therion" t-shirts, hoodies, and longsleeves will be available at the
Celtic Frost merchandising booth on the upcoming tour of North America and online beginning in October. As stated previously, this merchandise has been designed in
accordance with H.R. Giger's comprehensive instructions, and it has been personally approved by the artist.
This is the only official "Satan I"/"To Mega Therion" merchandise worldwide,
and it is being manufactured to the highest possible standards. Any "Satan
I"/"To Mega Therion" merchandise not purchased either through Celtic Frost's
webstore or from the official merchandising booth at Celtic Frost's concerts
might be bootleg merchandise and neither legal nor licensed by H.R. Giger.
September 6, 2006 - CELTIC FROST VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW
Celtic Frost's new video, "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh," is now available to download from www.celticfrost.com in both high and lower quality formats. This video is also available to view at the following sites:
- Celtic Frost's Official MySpace Page
- Celtic Frost's Official YouTube Page
As a special bonus, Celtic Frost are also including both the "Circle of the Tyrants" and "Wine In My Hand (Third from the Sun)" promotional videos, along with the very rare playback appearance (with live audience) for "Into the Crypts of Rays", which was taped in April, 1985 at Swiss-German Television "DRS" in Zurich, Switzerland. These videos are also included in both high and lower quality formats, and will also be available for viewing on Celtic Frost's Official YouTube Page.
September 5, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE
Celtic Frost Launch New Video Online - Visionary extreme metal pioneers Celtic Frost have captured their innovative and dark art in a new video clip for "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh", a song taken from their first album in 13 years, "Monotheist". The fascinatingly gloomy clip was filmed by up-and-coming Swiss director Jessie Fischer (no relation to singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer) in Zurich, Switzerland, in mid-August 2006.
The moment has come to officially unveil this masterpiece of visual and sonic art to the public by simultaneously launching it online at Celtic Frost's Century Media Records artist page, which you find here, as well as at the official band website www.celticfrost.com on September 6, 2006.
Celtic Frost are currently preparing for their 47-date concert tour in the United States and Canada, after completing a string of successful headliner shows at various European metal festivals (including Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, With Full Force) as well as a sold-out show at London's Mean Fiddler on August 19, 2006.
September 1, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE+
Renewed H.R. Giger/Celtic Frost Collaboration
Celtic Frost Webstore - On the eve of Celtic Frost's first tour of North America in 17 years, we are able to announce the highly anticipated launch of the band's merchandise webstore at the end of the first week of September 2006. The webstore will make it possible to order the full range of current Celtic Frost merchandise online. Additionally, the webstore will frequently offer exclusive merchandise and special items not available anywhere else.
The webstore can be accessed through Celtic Frost's official website, www.celticfrost.com.
To celebrate their legendary collaboration and enduring friendship, renown Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger
and Celtic Frost proudly announce the exclusive introduction of a line of specially created "To Mega Therion
" album merchandise featuring H.R. Giger's acclaimed "Satan I
In late 1983, H.R. Giger proposed to Tom Gabriel Fischer
and Martin Eric Ain
, then still in Hellhammer
, the free use of "Satan I" for an album cover, on the condition that the band would refrain from making any other commercial use of the painting, particularly for merchandising. Fischer and Ain later expanded upon the concept of Hellhammer to form, in June 1984, Celtic Frost, and the painting was eventually used for the cover of Celtic Frost's legendary "To Mega Therion" album in 1985. The band never broke the oath made to H.R. Giger.
In 2006, H.R. Giger thus kindly granted the Celtic Frost the use of "Satan I" as an oversize backdrop for the band's larger shows.
To commemorate their long-standing collaboration and the band's strict compliance with H.R. Giger's wishes, H.R. Giger and Celtic Frost have decided to release, for the very first time ever, an official line of exclusive "Satan I
"/"To Mega Therion
" t-shirts, hoodies, and longsleeves. This merchandise has been designed in accordance with H.R. Giger's comprehensive instructions, and it has been personally approved by the artist.
This is the only official
"Satan I"/"To Mega Therion" merchandise worldwide, and it is being manufactured to the highest possible standards. Any "Satan I"/"To Mega Therion" merchandise not purchased either through Celtic Frost's webstore or from the official merchandising booth at Celtic Frost's concerts is bootleg merchandise and neither legal nor licensed by H.R. Giger.
Further information on Celtic Frost and H.R. Giger can be found here:
August 29, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE+
Celtic Frost Concert Footage
Celtic Frost video Clip - In anticipation of Celtic Frost's imminent 47-date concert tour in the United
States and Canada, the band have completed work on a video clip for the song "A
Dying God Coming into Human Flesh", one of the most acclaimed songs from the new
"Monotheist" album. The clip was directed by Jessie Fischer (no relation to
Celtic Frost's Tom Gabriel Fischer) and filmed in Zurich, Switzerland, in
The video clip is being made available to the media via Century Media, and it
will also be available for download from the band's website,
- Celtic Frost's sold-out concert at the Mean Fiddler
on August 19,
2006, was filmed for broadcast by Redemption TV
This show marked Celtic Frost's return to England after 16 long years, and the
audience had come to celebrate the occasion in uproarious style at the packed
and blisteringly hot venue at the heart of London. The only source of mild
discontent was the Mean Fiddler's strict early curfew, which forced Celtic Frost
to play an abbreviated set. Said Tom Gabriel Fischer: "We are going to make up
for this when we return for the proper European tour in early 2007".
Also filmed was Celtic Frost's epic and universally acclaimed nightly headliner
magazine: "absolute, spellbinding metal perfection") at
the giant Wacken Open Air
festival in Germany on August 4, 2006. This footage is
scheduled to be broadcast as part of the legendary Rockpalast
series on German
July 27, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE+
Second edition of "Monotheist" vinyl
"Monotheist" release in Japan - Celtic Frost are proud to announce the release of the group's new album "Monotheist" on July 26, 2006, through JVC. The Japanese version of the album contains the bonus track "Incantation against You", our first pure acapella recording (available as a vinyl-only bonus track for the rest of the world).
"Incantation Against You" was recorded by our longtime female studio vocalist Simone Vollenweider, backed only by a male choir. The song was inspired by Mesopotamian ritual writings of banishment and the "Maklu" text in the Necronomicon; it was written by Martin Eric Ain and Simone Vollenweider.
- Century Media
have decided to issue the second pressing of the vinyl version of Celtic Frost's "Monotheist" album in clear vinyl
and abandon the previous plans for picture discs. This decision was taken in order to keep the price of the new vinyl edition within affordable limits. This new second pressing of the "Monotheist" vinyl will be limited to 1000 copies worldwide
Exclusive Celtic Frost live performance
- Celtic Frost feel very honoured to be able to announce a special pre-European tour concert in London
to celebrate the group's unique long-standing bond with England. Celtic Frost will perform one of the group's extraordinarily dark services of worship at London's Mean Fiddler
on August 19, 2006
This will be our first concert in England - location of the very last Celtic Frost concert in May 1990 - in over 16 years. We will be accompanied by guests Cryptopsy
, and She Said Destroy
Celtic Frost festival shows
- We have been notified by the organizers of Bulgaria's second Monsters of Rock
festival that the festival has been cancelled
after experiencing severe last-minute changes to the terms and conditions agreed upon between the festival and the city Varna, location of the festival. We sincerely regret this development of events.
We are particularly disappointed because this summer's festival appearances by Celtic Frost have been unique and electrifying. During the past three weeks, Celtic Frost played at Germany's With Full Force
festival, Finland's Tuska
festival, and Greece's Rockwave
festival, and we owe deepest gratitude to both the audiences and the festival organizers for what has been a profoundly moving response to our performances.
The cancellation of Bulgaria's Monsters of Rock festival might be offset somewhat by the late addition of the For Noise Festival
in Lausanne/Pully, Switzerland
, to Celtic Frost's concert itinerary. Celtic Frost are set to headline the For Noise festival on August 12, 2006
, following the performance of Norway's Motorpsycho.
The next festival appearances for Celtic Frost will be the two Metalway
festivals in Gernika
and Jerez, Spain
, on July 29
and 30, 2006
, and the subsequent concert at the world's largest heavy metal festival, the Wacken Open Air
, on August 4, 2006
July 6, 2006 - CELTIC FROST PRESS RELEASE
Celtic Frost are very proud to announce the following support billing for the group's fall 2006 North American tour:
For the first leg of the tour, from September 12 (Springfield, Virginia) to October 2, 2006 (Portland, Oregon), Celtic Frost will be joined by renown Norwegian black metal shooting stars 1349 as well as Norwegian doom supergroup Sahg (featuring some of the most distinguished musicians of Norway's effervescent metal scene, namely members of Manngard and 2005 Norwegian Grammy award winners Audrey Horne as well as former Gorgoroth members King and Kvitrafn). These will be the first North American shows for both 1349 and Sahg.
From October 3 (San Francisco, California) to the end of the tour, on November 11, 2006 (Johnson City, New York), Celtic Frost will be supported by eminent American black/death metal group Goatwhore.
Moreover, Celtic Frost are very proud to be able to announce the addition of American drone/doom stars sunn O))) to the billing for the shows from October 3 (San Francisco, California) to October 9 (Las Vegas, Nevada).
June 26, 2006 - CELTIC FROST NEWS UPDATE
After Celtic Frost's highly regretted cancellation of the group's June 3, 2006,
headliner appearance at the Rock Hard festival in Germany due to the emergency
hospitalization of singer Tom Gabriel Fischer with an acute renal colic that
same day, the band returned to form by playing a triumphant 90 minute headliner
show on the Sweden Stage at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival on June
10, 2006, a mere three days after Tom had undergone emergency surgery back in
his hometown of Zurich, Switzerland. The reactions to the Sweden Rock
performance - as well as to the preceding warm-up concerts - have been
exceptional. To quote Martin Carlsson from his review of the festival in the
Swedish newspaper Expressen, "it was the best gig in the whole history of the
Celtic Frost and, in particular, Tom Gabriel Fischer would like to express their
deepest appreciation for what has been literally a flood of written and verbal
"get well" wishes regarding Tom's health and recovery. The support and
compassion expressed during the past few weeks by fans, fellow musicians, and
individuals from the music industry has been overwhelming and has touched
everybody in the Celtic Frost camp deeply. Tom will undergo a further brief
surgical procedure in the course of July, but he has been recovering well, as
evidenced by Celtic Frost's recent live shows. Tom Gabriel Fischer: "I am
stunned, humbled, and very grateful about all the personal messages received".
The band are now continuing their scheduled festival appearances across Europe,
having just performed on the "Hard N'Heavy Stage" at the Hellfest festival in
Nantes, France. Due to the festival's policy, even as a co-headliner Celtic
Frost were only able to play a 45 minute set, and the group is looking forward
to the opportunity of playing the full 90 minute plus set for Celtic Frost's
French fans when properly touring Europe in early 2007.
Celtic Frost's next concerts will take place on June 30, 2006, at the With Full
Force festival in Leipzig, Germany, and on July 2, 2006, at the Tuska
Festival in Helsinki, Finland.
The original pressing of the vinyl version of Celtic Frost's new album
"Monotheist" has sold out in record time. Century Media are thus shortly
producing a further pressing of the vinyl double album, which will be
distinguished from the first edition by containing picture discs with the images
of the band's members, as featured in the artwork to "Monotheist".
May 26, 2006 - CELTIC FROST WEBSITE RE-LAUNCH
With the release of "Monotheist," Celtic Frost re-launches www.celticfrost.com with new and updated sections, including exclusive content not found anywhere else.
May 26, 2006 - CELTIC FROST ANNOUNCE NEW TOURING GUITARIST
On the eve of retaking the stage next week with three low-key warm-up European
shows before the Rock Hard Festival, Celtic Frost announce that they have
expanded their touring line-up by adding Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden.
Odden, who in the past was involved with acts such as Apoptygma Berzerk,
Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, played his first session with the group on April
24, 2006, and returned to Celtic Frost's base in Zurich, Switzerland, a week ago
for final dedicated tour rehearsals. He is a lifelong Celtic Frost devotee.
May 26, 2006 - CELTIC FROST CONFIRM THEIR ONLY UK DATE FOR 2006
Celtic Frost confirm their only UK live date for 2006 at London's Mean
Fiddler venue on Saturday, August 19th, at which they will be supported by
Cryptopsy, Gorerotted and She Said Destroy.
May 19, 2006 - "MONOTHEIST" MICROSITE LAUNCHED
A "Monotheist" microsite has been launched from Century Media at www.monotheist.info. You will find the songs "Progeny" and "Ground" as streams, band photos, release dates and tour dates. If you register (it's free) to the site, you will be able to see things that regular visitors won't be able to experience:
* "Time Machine" area: Solve Celtic Frost-related riddles to unlock extra content.
* "Monotheist" area: Discuss the streamed songs "Progeny" and "Ground" with other users from all over the world.
* The "Media" button will hold more content if you invite friends (they need to register) to the special microsite. You will find the lyrics once you are registered and there's more extra content after you manage to ascend within the user hierarchy.
May 12, 2006 - FINAL USA TOUR DATES POSTED
The final 2006 "Monotheist" tour dates for the USA have been added. Click on "Itinerary" for the list of dates.
April 26, 2006 - "GROUND" AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
"Ground", one of the 11 new tracks from "Monotheist," is now available to download (streaming format) from Century Media's site. Click here to listen!
April 25, 2006 - CF TO PLAY "ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL" IN GREECE
New "Monotheist" festival date added for Malakassa, Greece's "Rockwave Festival" on July 12th! Click on "Itinerary" for the up-to-date list of "Monotheist" tour dates.
April 12, 2006 - CF TO PLAY "METALWAY FESTIVAL" IN JEREZ, SPAIN
New "Monotheist" festival date added for Jerez, Spain's "Metalway Festival" on July 30th! Click on "Itinerary" for the up-to-date list of "Monotheist" tour dates.
March 28, 2006 - CF TO PLAY "METALWAY FESTIVAL" IN GERNIKA, SPAIN
New "Monotheist" festival date added for Gernika, Spain's "Metalway Festival" on July 29th! Click on "Itinerary" for the up-to-date list of "Monotheist" tour dates.
March 27, 2006 - CF TO PLAY "MONSTERS OF ROCK" IN BULGARIA
New "Monotheist" festival date added for Kavarna, Bulgaria's "Monsters of Rock" festival on August 6th!
March 17, 2006 - ITINERARY UPDATED
New "Monotheist" tour dates for North America have been added. Click on "Itinerary" for the list of dates. An official press release from Century Media can be found here.
February 25, 2006 - DELINEATION RESTORED
February 18, 2006 - THE OFFERING
Celtic Frost and Erol Unala have chosen separate paths on the verge of the release of their new album, titled "Monotheist". Unala, a long-time collaborator in Apollyon Sun with Celtic Frost founding member Tom Gabriel Fischer, has been a crucial factor in the renaissance of Swiss avant-garde extreme metal band, Celtic Frost.
The necessity of this sacrifice became evident during the creation of "Monotheist". The obligation to his biological family, the responsibility he took on as a patriarch, has led him to lose sight of this family in spirit. We should not blame him. But we did. We have failed to lead him back to the fold, and this lost son did not find his way home. Proof of his creativity will always remain with us in the form of "Monotheist", though.
The greater the sacrifice, the more the loss will be felt. This responsibility is ours. Although the separation has lit the pyre and the smoke is rising, we all feel bound by the code of honor that our past decrees.
Will our God accept this offering?
Only death is real!
Tom Gabriel Fischer, Martin Eric Ain, Franco Sesa.
February 6, 2006 - CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATED_________________________________________
Updated contact information (including management and booking) for Celtic Frost can be found by clicking here: "Contact".
February 3, 2006 - "MONOTHEIST" RELEASE DATE FINALIZED
From Century Media:
"It's Official: The release date of CELTIC FROST's long-awaited return strike, Monotheist, has been confirmed as May 29th (Europe) / May 30th, 2006 (North America). Prepare for an album destined to be the year's darkest and heaviest creative musical output and undoubtedly a sonic ceremony celebrating the band's highly anticipated return! Four years in the making, the album is formed around brilliant conceptual lyrical ideas. Musically and visually, Monotheist is what people expect of these legendary visionaries and the album far exceeds expectations. Followed by extensive live activities during this summer and beyond, CELTIC FROST are more than ready to present themselves in the flesh after such a long absence. Additionally, CELTIC FROST have just been confirmed as the headliner of Germany's annual Rock Hard Festival. Organized by the renowned German hard rock/metal magazine, Rock Hard, the festival runs June 2nd to 4th, 2006. Further festivals headlined by the band include Europe's No. 1 metal event, Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival, Sweden Rock, With Full Force (Germany), Tuska Festival (Finland) and Hole In The Sky (Norway). Visit the festivals' individual websites or the Century Media website for more details on CELTIC FROST's live performances." You can also click on the "Itinerary" section for direct links to the festival sites.
January 25, 2006 - CELTIC FROST BIOGRAPHY UPDATED
An updated biography for Celtic Frost can be found on the "Intro" page, along with downloadable PDF versions for Press and fans (European, U.S., and German versions available).
January 19, 2006 - SANCTUARY APPROACHES CELTIC FROST AGAIN
Once again, Celtic Frost's former record company, the Sanctuary Group (formerly Noise Records), has approached the band's management with the intention of compiling and releasing a Celtic Frost/Hellhammer anthology and re-releasing the band's older albums. The timing of this approach couldn't be more revealing:
"From: Steve Hammonds, Sanctuary Group
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:06 PM
To: Antje Lange
Subject: FW: frost
We are looking at upgrading some of the Noise catalogue this year.
One of the bands we'd like to work on is Celtic Frost whom I think you still
manage. There seems to be a lot of interest in the band at the moment
and I would like to capitalise on it.
I know there has been some friction between the band and Sanctuary in the
past and though I don't think I can sort out the management issues that
occurred I can promise that the records side will treat the artists material
with all the respect it deserves. We won't issue anything without full audio
and art approval, everything will be run by the band.
If you would like I'm happy to meet up with Tom and discuss how to move this
project forward so all parties are happy, also I would like to stress
nothing has been done regarding track listings etc this is just a first pass
at getting the catalogue going.
Reading the [letter by the band of February 19, 2004,] which is still on the
bands website I would still like to stress I had never intended to compile
or not consult the band on an anthology as this is not the way we do things
The following is Celtic Frost's response, as sent through the band's
manager, Antje Lange, on January 13, 2005:
Thank you for your mail of January 5, 2006, regarding the exploitation of
Celtic Frost's back catalogue.
I indeed do manage Celtic Frost and have discussed the contents of your mail
with the band. They have informed me in no uncertain terms that they have no
interest whatsoever in a perpetual reconstruction of what are by now
legendary and classic albums. They feel that this is too transparent a way
to proceed and that it will result in a loss of credibility. These feelings
are unrelated to their past history with the Sanctuary Group.
In short, the band have made two points:
- Their opinion on the necessity of an anthology remains strictly unchanged.
Should Sanctuary decide to go ahead with such a project, the band expect to
be fully involved in all audio and design aspects.
- As far as the individual albums are concerned, the band feel that the
official re-issues of their albums of 1999/2000 are the definite Celtic
Frost releases and cannot be bettered. They see no reason to alter these
If Sanctuary plans to re-release the individual Celtic Frost albums, the
band thus would like to see it to be an unaltered re-release of the
Both the band and myself are at your disposal for further discussions on how
you may wish to proceed in consideration of the above.
With best regards
Press Release for January 18, 2006 - CELTIC FROST SIGN WITH CENTURY MEDIA
CELTIC FROST join forces with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS!
Celtic Frost and Century Media are proud to announce the signing of an international licensing agreement covering all territories.
The first release, scheduled for Spring 2006, is the band's highly anticipated new project titled "Monotheist", Celtic Frost's first album in 13 years. The album features 11 songs all produced by the band with Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy/Pain).
Album track list:
3. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
4. Drown In Ashes
5. Os Abysmi Vel Daath
7. Domain Of Decay
8. Ain Elohim
10. Synagoga Satanae
11. Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)
The album will be released simultaneously in all territories in three different configurations including a limited-edition Digipak containing the bonus track "Temple Of Depression" and a vinyl LP with another bonus title, "Incantation Against You".
"I am extremely excited to have such high profile legends joining the Century Media Records repertoire" says Oliver Withaft, Managing Director of Century Media Records. "Celtic Frost are a band that has started an entire genre and left their influence on a decade of Rock Music. Their new album is a historic comeback that will blow your brains out."
Celtic Frost will support the release of "Monotheist" by numerous live appearances in 2006. The band will play a full tour across North America in September and October 2006, including Canadian dates. In Europe the following festival shows are already confirmed:
* Sweden Rock
* Wacken Open Air, Germany
* With Full Force, Germany
* Hole In the Sky, Norway
* Tuska, Finland
More shows and festivals will be added soon, and further information regarding the release date and the "Monotheist" album itself will follow!
Band website: www.celticfrost.com
Label website: www.centurymedia.com
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