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Celtic Frost - Bassist Martin Eric Ain Passes Away

According to reports, Celtic Frost bassist and co-founder Martin Eric Stricker has passed away yesterday after a heart attack. The legendary musician formed Celtic Frost with guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Fischer in Zürich, Switzerland, in June 1984 in the ashes of the band Hellhammer, where he also played. He was 50 years old. R.I.P. and condolences to his friends and family.


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 22.10.2017 by BloodTears | Comments (27)

Celtic Frost - Fischer Does Not Endorse New Reissues

Celtic Frost leader Thomas Gabriel Fischer has denounced BMG's recently announced plans to reissue the band's seminal Noise Records catalogue on June 30th. The reissues include four of the band's Noise-era studio albums: Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion, Into The Pandemonium and Vanity/Nemesis. The albums will be reissued on deluxe hardback CD and 180-gram double album sets, complete with posters and 10-inch spine bound book. All tracks have been fully remastered and releases contain previously unreleased and rare tracks.


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 19.05.2017 by nikarg | Comments (5)

Celtic Frost - Illustrated Tribute Book Coming This Year

And now for something a bit different and a treat for fans of the legendary band Celtic Frost. A trailer has been released for Mark Rudolph's upcoming tribute book Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost. The book is the creation of Mark Rudolph, an illustrator and cartoonist who has designed artwork for bands like Carcass, Coalesce and Behold! The Monolith. Watch the teaser now and feast your eyes on the stunning artwork.


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 29.08.2014 by BloodTears | Comments (8)

Celtic Frost - Tom Gabriel Fischer Leaves The Band (UPDATED)

A very brief statement was posted on Celtic Frost's website states the following:

"Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer has left Celtic Frost due to the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious."

UPDATED on 11 April (thanks to SlaytallicA):

Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer talks about his departure from the band. Here's his statement:

"I am devastated beyond description, and I am infinitely disappointed. As the one member of Celtic Frost who is exposed most dramatically to the feedback by our audiences and the media, I feel troubled and humiliated about being unable to honor the enormous goodwill extended to Celtic Frost during the past few years and meet the justified expectations of our fans.

I have always seen the Monotheist album as a mere beginning, and a tame one at that. My mind and spirit are full of energy, creativity, and ideas. Celtic Frost had become the unreserved focus of my life for the second time. I was looking forward immeasurably to working on the next Celtic Frost album. To me, it needed to be darker, heavier, and more experimental than Monotheist.

And yet, Celtic Frost consisted of three individuals, and I was only one of them. In the end I had to concede to myself that there was no other option.

My friendship with and respect for Martin Eric Ain remain unaffected. Moreover, I am in the process of assessing my options to eventually complete, record, and release some of the ideas I originally created for Celtic Frost and the planned next album in the course of the past few years, and to take our distinctive music out on the road again.

There is no way back."


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 09.04.2008 by Bararey | Comments (55)

Celtic Frost - Statement Regarding Curfew During UK Dates

Statement from Celtic Frost regarding UK Set Duration:

"While already on the road on the European leg of the "Monotheist" tour, we were informed of strict curfews to our co-headlining shows with Kreator in the UK. These curfews have been imposed locally and are not a stipulation by either Celtic Frost or Kreator. As a matter of fact, we oppose these curfews explicitly, and we have informed both our management and our concert agency accordingly. There is little we can do, however.

Celtic Frost and Kreator and the bands' representatives have spent months trying to assemble an appropriate and exciting touring package of four bands that cover a wide variety of contemporary metal. We loathe the fact that we are now finally back out on the road - in Celtic Frost's case, for the first time in some 17 years - and have to discover that the local booker and promoters in the UK impose curfews so unrealistically strict that it is impossible to put on the regular performances by all four bands on the bill as played everywhere else in Europe. Apparently, some of the UK venues book two events during certain nights, i.e., in this case our tour and another event. This will yield twice the profits for them in one night, but it also means that the first event, namely our tour, will have to clear the venue at an unreasonably early hour, as early as 9:30 or 10:00pm.

There appears to be no proper solution to this situation. Both headliners are categorically unwilling to cancel the performances of either our opening act or special guest, Watain and Legion Of The Damned, in order to play full headlining sets. Just like us, Watain and Legion of the Damned have travelled thousands of miles and gone through great expenses to play all of Europe. The local booker and promoters in the UK are equally unwilling to extend their ludicrous curfews, even for a mere 30 minutes. The alternative, so we are informed, would be a cancelled concert.

Having all four bands play at least a semblance of a set means that the duration of all sets will be severely restricted. In case of Celtic Frost and Kreator, this means sets of 60 minutes, in case of Watain and Legion of the Damned, sets of 20 minutes. This applies to the following shows: Glasgow, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, and Nottingham. All bands involved believe that playing a set is better than cancelling any show. That we all are extremely frustrated, if not to say furious, about this situation is obvious."


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Event: Kreator + Celtic Frost: European Tour
Posted: 15.03.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Celtic Frost - Announce Touring Guitarist

The following messages were posted on the Celtic Frost homepage:

"On the eve before embarking on the European leg of the "Monotheist" tour and then returning to the United States, Celtic Frost announce the band's new touring guitarist, V Santura of German black metal group Dark Fortress."

In other Celtic Frost news, the band's much acclaimed "Monotheist" album, the band's first in 14 years, has been elected "album of the year" for 2006 by Terrorizer magazine in the UK and Hard n Heavy magazine in France.

Band profile: Celtic Frost
Event: Kreator + Celtic Frost: European Tour
Posted: 06.03.2007 by Warman | Comments (2)

Celtic Frost - Return To North America

The following announcement was posted on Celtic Frost's official website:

"Celtic Frost are proud to announce their return to North America in spring 2007.
The group has been invited to play the special guest slot on the forthcoming Type O Negative tour in April and May 2007. Due to the preceding co-headliner tour with Kreator in Europe which will conclude on April 5, 2007, in Hamburg, Celtic Frost will not be able to play all dates with Type O Negative. Immediately after the final show of the European tour, however, the group will fly to the United States to join Type O Negative for the first time on April 9, 2007, in Chicago and remain with the tour until its conclusion on May 8, 2007, in Baltimore, MD.
Celtic Frost will be able to play a limited-duration special guest set of 45 minutes duration. In spite of the limited playing time, the band believes that this presents an important opportunity to play for the US audiences again and expand upon the foundation built in the course of last fall's successful 46-date tour of North America."

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Event: Type O Negative: US Tour
Posted: 22.02.2007 by Warman | Comments (1)

Kreator, Celtic Frost - Announce Support Acts For European Tour

Celtic Frost and Kreator have just announced the supporting bands for their co-headliner tour of Europe. Personally picked by both bands, Dutch Death/Thrashers Legion Of The Damned will be taking over the special guest slot on March 29th, and Swedish Black Metal act Watain will be opening the tour until then. Afterwards Watain will climb to the special guest position.

Band profile: Kreator
Event: Kreator + Celtic Frost: European Tour
Posted: 12.01.2007 by Warman | Comments (4)

Kreator, Celtic Frost - Tour Dates Confirmed

German thrash legends Kreator and the newly-reunited Celtic Frost will be teaming up with for a European tour beginning in March 2007.
Says Kreator in a statement: "At the moment the band is working on bringing out a stage production that will be more extreme than anything you've seen from Kreator before! The setlist will include tons of suprises! We´ll keep you updated with more details as soon as we get them in, so stay tuned!"

Confirmed dates on the trek are as follows:

8 - Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
10 - Herhugowaard, Netherlands at De Waerdsetempel
11 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
13 - Glasgow, UK at Garage
14 - Bradford, UK at Rio
15 - Wolverhampton, UK at Wulfrun Hall
16 - Cardiff, UK at Souls
17 - Nottingham, UK at Rock City
18 - London, UK at Koko
20 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
21 - Bordeaux, France at Theatre Barbey
22 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera
23 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar
24 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 1
26 - Pratteln, SWI at Z7
27 - Milan, ITA at Rolling Stone
28 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
29 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
31 - Oslo, Norway at Betong

1 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Trädtgarn
2 - Malmö, Sweden at KB
3 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
4 - Helsinki, Finland at Tavastia
5 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle

Tickets are on sale now. Two other support acts will be announced later.


Band profile: Kreator
Event: Kreator + Celtic Frost: European Tour
Posted: 02.12.2006 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Celtic Frost - 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.

To watch the video clip, go to YouTube.


Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 23.11.2006 by Warman | Comments (0)

Celtic Frost - Announce Japanese Tour Dates

Swiss metal band Celtic Frost has announced new tour dates for Japan, beginning in January of 2007, as part of the "Extreme The Dojo" tour. This marks the first time that Celtic Frost has 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."

The tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 16 - Tokyo, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 17 - Osaka, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 18 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro

Band profile: Celtic Frost
Posted: 31.10.2006 by Damnated | Comments (0)

Celtic Frost - New Video Completed

Celtic Frost have "captured their innovative and dark art" in a new video clip for their new song 'A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh'. The song comes from their thirteen year coming latest album 'Monotheist'. The "fascinatingly gloomy" video clip way directed by Swiss director Jessie Fischer (who is no relation to Celtic Frost vocallist/guitarist Thomas Gabriel Fischer). The video was filmed in Zurich, Switzerland, in mid-August this year. Check it out at these locations:


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Posted: 06.09.2006 by Necromancer_S | Comments (2)

Celtic Frost - New Video

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 mid-August 2006. 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.

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Posted: 30.08.2006 by Damnated | Comments (0)

Celtic Frost - Announce Support For Forthcoming North American Tour

A press release from Celtic Frost's website announced the bands that will be supporting the metal titans on their upcoming North American tour. The bands announced for the first leg of the tour running from September 12th til October 2nd are Norwegian black metallers 1349 and Norwegian doom metal supergroup, Sahg. Sagh features members from Manngard and Audrey Horne as well as former Gorgoroth members King and Kvitrafn. The support for the second half, running from October 3rd til November 11th will be the American black/death band Goatwhore. Also, for the week of west coast shows, the drone/doom band Sunn0))) will be on the bill as well. The dates of the shows are as follows :

September 12, 2006 Springfield, Virginia Jaxx
September 13, 2006 Springfield, Virginia Jaxx
September 14, 2006 New York City B.B. King's
September 15, 2006 New York City B.B. King's
September 16, 2006 Montreal, Quebec Medley
September 18, 2006 Toronto, Ontario The Opera House
September 19, 2006 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Rex Theatre
September 20, 2006 Cleveland, Ohio House of Blues
September 22, 2006 Detroit, Michigan Harpos
September 23, 2006 Chicago, Illinois Vic Theatre
September 24, 2006 Minneapolis, Minnesota First Avenue
September 25, 2006 Winnipeg, Manitoba Royal Albert Arms
September 27, 2006 Calgary, Alberta The Warehouse
September 28, 2006 Edmonton, Alberta The Starlite Room
September 30, 2006 Victoria, British Columbia Sugar
October 1, 2006 Seattle, Washington El Corazón
October 2, 2006 Portland, Oregon Roseland
October 3, 2006 San Francisco, California Fillmore
October 4, 2006 San Diego, California House of Blues
October 5, 2006 Anaheim, California House of Blues
October 7, 2006 Los Angeles, California House of Blues
October 8, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona Marquee Theater
October 9, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada House of Blues
October 11, 2006 Englewood, Colorado Gothic Theatre
October 12, 2006 Albuquerque, New Mexico Sunshine Theatre
October 13, 2006 El Paso, Texas Texas Avenue Live
October 14, 2006 San Antonio, Texas Sunset Station - Lonestar
October 16, 2006 Lawrence, Kansas Bottleneck
October 17, 2006 Saint Louis, Missouri Pop's
October 19, 2006 Fort Worth, Texas Ridglea Theater
October 20, 2006 Houston, Texas Warehouse Live
October 21, 2006 New Orleans, Louisiana House of Blues
October 23, 2006 Saint Petersburg, Florida State Theater
October 24, 2006 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Culture Room
October 25, 2006 Orlando, Florida House of Blues
October 27, 2006 Atlanta, Georgia The Masquerade


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Posted: 08.07.2006 by EvilOstrich | Comments (5)

Celtic Frost - Touring Line Up

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.

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Posted: 30.05.2006 by Metalforthesoul | Comments (1)