Celtic Frost - Monotheist


8.5 | 449 votes |
Release date: 30 May 2006
Style: Avantgarde metal

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01. Progeny
02. Ground
03. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
04. Drown In Ashes
05. Os Abysmi Vel Daath
06. Obscured
07. Domain Of Decay
08. Ain Elohim
09. Triptych: Totengott
10. Triptych: Synagoga Satanae
11. Triptych: Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)

The Best Avantgarde Metal Album Of 2006

Line-up
Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer - vocals, guitars, programming
Martin Eric Ain - bass, vocals
Franco Sesa - drums, percussion
Erol Unala - guitar

Additional:
Simone Vollenweider - vocals
Lisa Middelhauve - vocals
Olav "Ravn" Bergene - vocals
Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven - vocals
Peter Tägtgren - vocals
Cornelia Bruggmann - vocals

Orchestral musicians:
Michael Sopunov - french horn
May-Britt Altendorf, Laurent Plettner, Frauke Pohlmann - violin
Katarzyna Bugala, Sandra Rehle - viola
Jong Sung Choi - double bass
Ben Groocock, Volker Hormann, Dmitry Struchkov, Ya-Hee Yoon - cello

Choir: Carla Grundmeier (soprano), Sibylle Hauf & Viola Hauf (alto), Florian Lohmann (tenor), Sebastian Naglatzki (bass), Keno Weber (baritone)

Christoph Littmann - classical/choral arrangements

Additional info
Limited edition Digipak bonus track: Temple of Depression (5:00)
Limited edition Gatefold Double LP bonus track: Incantation Against You (5:06)

Art direction by Martin Eric Ain & Michel Casarramona
Cover design and artwork by Michel Casarramona
Photography by Jozo Palkovits
Celtic Frost and Prowling Death Records logos by Tom Gabriel Fischer
Azazel-Heptagram by Martin Eric Ain

Produced by Celtic Frost and Peter Tägtgren
Recorded and engineered by Peter Tägtgren, Walter Schmid, Philipp Schweidler, and Erol Unala. Assistant engineering by Benjamin Schäfer, Arne Neurandt and This Schweizer.
Mixed by Peter Tägtgren, Walter Schmid, and Philipp Schweidler.
"Drown in Ashes" mixed by Peter Tägtgren and Tom Gabriel Fischer. "Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three)" and "Incantation Against You" mixed by Arne Neurandt and Tom Gabriel Fischer. "Totengott" mixed by Philipp Schweidler.
Recorded at Horus Sound Studio (Hanover, Germany), Oakland Recording (Winterthur, Switzerland), Celtic Frost Bunker (Zurich, Switzerland), Apollyon Sun Bunker (Zurich, Switzerland), Department of Noize (Kilchberg, Switzerland), FSK-18 (Winterthur, Switzerland), Transmutation (Thalwil, Switzerland), 2002 to 2005.
Mixed at Horus Sound Studio (Hanover, Germany), Oakland Recording (Winterthur, Switzerland), Department of Noize (Kilchberg, Switzerland), summer/autumn 2005.
Mastered by Walter Schmid at Oakland Recording (Winterthur, Switzerland), November/December 2005.
All Songs published by Diktatur des Kapitals.
Executive producers: Roland Brümmer, Martin Eric Ain, Tom Gabriel Fischer, for Prowling Death Records. Popkredit der Stadt Zürich.

Staff review by
jupitreas
Rating:
9.4
The Emperor HAS Returned

It would probably not be too much of an over-generalization to say that Celtic Frost fans are divided into two groups. The first group is made up of extreme metal fans who see the Swiss band's seminal records like Morbid Tales and To Mega Therion as the major influence and inspiration on the black, death and doom metal genres that they definitely and unquestionably are. The second group consists of the people who love Celtic Frost for their fearless avant-garde attitude that manifested itself on Into The Pandemonium, when the band incorporated gothic, operatic and even industrial elements into their abrasive metal style.

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published 29.05.2006 | Comments (36)

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30.03.2010 - 00:11
Baz Anderson
I don't think this album has ever stopped growing on me.
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30.03.2010 - 15:43
Roro
I remember a friend gave me this album when i was a biggner in metal :p.. and i still have it
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05.06.2010 - 13:58
Rating: 8
vezzy
Stallmanite
I absolutely love "Ground", "Os Abysmi Vel Daath", "Domain of Decay", "Tottengott" and "Synagoga Satanae". This is great stuff. Blend of doom, gothic and brief slightly thrash-esque moments.
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15.06.2010 - 05:05
bkrownd
I like the sound and recording quality, but the songs are just too plodding and sludgy. The original Celtic Frost had great bouncy rhythms that drove the songs, but this just sort of stumbles along. Only one listen so far.
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18.12.2011 - 02:50
Rating: 9
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Great closing track.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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19.06.2012 - 18:04
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
A very good album, and even better as a comeback. Pummelling heaviness and beautiful, classic overtones make 'Monotheist' the beast it is.
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06.12.2012 - 10:04
Rating: 10
Athropos
Burning inside
I would go up to 11 for this one.
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30.04.2014 - 02:37
Lit.
Account deleted
Just wanna remind everyone that this is better than anything else Celtic Frost have ever done.
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30.04.2014 - 16:22
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Guest on 30.04.2014 at 02:37

Just wanna remind everyone that this is better than anything else Celtic Frost have ever done.


But I so like Vanity/Nemesis. Seriously. I must be a dork eh?
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30.04.2014 - 18:50
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by tea[m]ster on 30.04.2014 at 16:22

But I so like Vanity/Nemesis. Seriously. I must be a dork eh?

I didn't say that you could like the other ones; just remember this one is better.
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27.05.2014 - 07:18
Maco
Handbanana
Written by Guest on 30.04.2014 at 02:37

Just wanna remind everyone that this is better than anything else Celtic Frost have ever done.


Agreed.
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I'm derp.
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21.01.2015 - 12:02
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Just listened to this again. It's quite good, though I still prefer Triptykon's debut.
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14.05.2015 - 01:01
Rating: 10
indexqwest
Synagoga Satanae....Hellllll yeahhh! Heaviest than ever
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02.06.2015 - 03:17
Joe Zombie
Their best album by far. Better than the Triptykon stuff even.
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31.07.2015 - 10:34
Rating: 10
Warman
Erotic Stains
I was only 16 when this came out and it blew me away. Nine years later it's still one of my favourite albums of all time.
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03.11.2015 - 06:02
Rating: 9
Paw!!
Fine music shit. Almost masterpiece.
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19.05.2016 - 21:36
Rating: 10
AtrumHiberna
It doesn't get better than this
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This is my worship, this is my path...
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25.06.2017 - 05:23
VIG
Eraserhead
Written by Paw!! on 03.11.2015 at 06:02

Fine music shit. Almost masterpiece.


How is this "almost masterpiece" to you? I just want to know what about it don't you like?
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25.06.2017 - 17:21
Rating: 9
Paw!!
Written by VIG on 25.06.2017 at 05:23

Written by Paw!! on 03.11.2015 at 06:02

Fine music shit. Almost masterpiece.


How is this "almost masterpiece" to you? I just want to know what about it don't you like?

If the Atmospheric was thicker, and if CF evoke Triptych into one part, it must be epic.
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29.09.2017 - 15:00
VIG
Eraserhead
This album is fucking amazing.
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