Formed from the remains of seminal death/black metal pioneers Hellhammer in June 1984, with every one of their releases both in the Billboard and UK charts, Swiss-American hybrid Celtic Frost were a pivotal influence on both the extreme metal and gothic metal genres, establishing many of the musical elements that have since become synonymous for today's modern metal. Co-founders and co-writers Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior, voice and guitars) and Martin Eric Ain (bass) saw their uncompromising conceptual framework and intricate instrumental orchestration blossom into an influence for bands such as Pantera, Marilyn Manson, Emperor, Nirvana, Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth, Foo Fighters, Darkthrone, Sepultura, Dimmu Borgir, Obituary, Nile, and countless others. From the primal fury of the debut album "Morbid Tales" (1984), the classic dark opus “To Mega Therion” (1985) to the milestone experimental album "Into The Pandemonium" (1987), Celtic Frost have explored sheer brutality as well as their passion for the early Wave scene, manifesting in Goth/New Wave vocals, sampling/EBM fusions, melodic metal, and bombastic orchestral pieces. Thus, Fischer and Ain are rightfully considered the "elder statesmen" of innovative metal. In 2000 the two co-founders eventually began work on a new Celtic Frost album. Ain and Fischer self-financed the new album to retain full control of the project up to the day of the new album's release. By the end of 2005, Celtic Frost signed a worldwide licensing agreement with Century Media, paving the way for the release of the material. Titled "Monotheist", Celtic Frost's new album was produced by the band and co-produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal). It is an extremely dark, inventive, and radically heavy release that features monolithic, droning doom anthems that rival the primitive massiveness of Hellhammer as well as the aforementioned gloomy experimental side one could witness on “Into The Pandemonium”. Doubtlessly Celtic Frost’s most sinister album to date! Its release is followed in 2006/2007 by concerts on all continents. Already confirmed are festival shows at Europe's primary metal events, namely Wacken Open Air, Rock Hard Festival, Sweden Rock, With Full Force Festival, Tuska Fest and Hole In The Sky. So, whether you’re an old fan of the band or mesmerized by “Monotheist”, their first album in 13 years, this festival summer will be one you will never forget. Please check www.celticfrost.com for detailed history.
"I have to say that I am, and have always been, a huge fan. I'm sure it goes without saying that Celtic Frost's music has influenced me and all of my friends for years."
Dave Grohl / Foo Fighters
"I have been a die hard Frost fan since Morbid Tales. If you had written them off think again. This is the next essential Celtic Frost purchase since To Mega Therion. Horns Up!!!"
Joey Jordison / Slipknot
"The originators are back with a vengeance! Pretenders to the throne-step back. UHH...!!"
Silenoz / Dimmu Borgir
"Celtic Frost creates groundbreaking and truly unique music. A hugely influential band for the early days of Opeth!"
Mikael Åkerfeldt / Opeth
"Celtic Frost was one of the bands that laid down the blueprint for serious heavy riffing, they took slow grinding riffs into new territory and are still such a massive influence on me and Napalm Death."
Shane Embury / Napalm Death