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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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 :
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.
The new song "Ground" is online now and can be streamed in at this location.
Following the album's release, CELTIC FROST will commence extensive touring, covering several major European festivals this summer as well as a full North American tour in the autumn. Check all confirmed European live dates below:
31.05.2006 Vosselaar - Belgium @ Biebob
01.06.2006 Zaandam - Holland @ Kade
03.06.2006 Gelsenkirchen - Germany @ Rock Hard Festival
10.06.2006 Sölvesborg - Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
25.06.2006 Clisson - France @ Hellfest
30.06.2006 Roitzschjora - Germany @ With Full Force
02.07.2006 Helsinki - Finland @ Tuska Festival
12.07.2006 Malakassa - Greece @ Rockwave Festival
Century Media Records has set a May 30 North American release date for Celtic Frost's long-awaited new album, "Monotheist" (one day earlier internationally).
Celtic Frost's first album in 13 years, "Monotheist" features 11 songs all produced by the band with Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain).
"Monotheist" track listing:
03. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
04. Drown In Ashes
05. Os Abysmi Vel Daath
07. Domain Of Decay
08. 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".
Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have been confirmed for next year's Wacken Open Air, set to take place August 3-5, 2006 in Wacken, Germany. The reunited band will perform a 90-minute "best of" set (including new songs) on August 4 on the "Blackstage." The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
As previously reported, CELTIC FROST have set "Dark Matter Manifest" as the tentative title of their first album in 13 years. The culmination of some three and a half years of songwriting and recording work, the album was largely produced by the band themselves and financed by their own production company, with additional assistance from HYPOCRISY/PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren during the final recording and mixing sessions at Horus Sound Studio in Hanover, Germany. Negotiations with a variety of labels are currently underway, and the album is scheduled for a release in early 2006. Original CELTIC FROST members Tom Gabriel Fischer (voice and guitars) and Martin Eric Ain (bass) are joined by Erol Unala (guitar) and Franco Sesa (drums). The band are now managed by Antje Lange for The A Label in Berlin, Germany.