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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

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

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.

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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.

published 29.05.2006 | Comments (35)

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Baz Anderson - 30.03.2010 at 00:11  
  I don't think this album has ever stopped growing on me.
Roro - 30.03.2010 at 15:43  
  I remember a friend gave me this album when i was a biggner in metal :p.. and i still have it
vezzy - 05.06.2010 at 13:58  
Rating: 8 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.
bkrownd - 15.06.2010 at 05:05  
  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.
M C Vice - 18.12.2011 at 02:50  
Rating: 9 Great closing track.
musicalkaratekid - 19.06.2012 at 18:04  
Rating: 9 A very good album, and even better as a comeback. Pummelling heaviness and beautiful, classic overtones make 'Monotheist' the beast it is.
Athropos - 06.12.2012 at 10:04  
Rating: 10 I would go up to 11 for this one.
Lit. - 30.04.2014 at 02:37  
  Just wanna remind everyone that this is better than anything else Celtic Frost have ever done.
tea[m]ster - 30.04.2014 at 16:22  
Rating: 8
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?
Lit. - 30.04.2014 at 18:50  
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.
Maco - 27.05.2014 at 07:18  
Rating: 9
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.

Zaph - 21.01.2015 at 12:02  
Rating: 7 Just listened to this again. It's quite good, though I still prefer Triptykon's debut.
indexqwest - 14.05.2015 at 01:01  
Rating: 10 Synagoga Satanae....Hellllll yeahhh! Heaviest than ever
Joe Zombie - 02.06.2015 at 03:17  
  Their best album by far. Better than the Triptykon stuff even.
Warman - 31.07.2015 at 10:34  
Rating: 10 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.
Paw!! - 03.11.2015 at 06:02  
Rating: 9 Fine music shit. Almost masterpiece.
AtrumHiberna - 19.05.2016 at 21:36  
Rating: 10 It doesn't get better than this
VIG - 08.10.2016 at 21:59  
Rating: 9 Haven't heard it enough times, but it seems really good. sad that there are people that don't like this.

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