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|Studio album by Celtic Frost|
|Released||May 29, 2006|
|Genre||Doom metal, gothic metal, black metal, death metal, thrash metal|
|Producer||Celtic Frost and Peter Tägtgren|
|Celtic Frost chronology|
Monotheist is the sixth and, according to band members, final studio album by the Swiss heavy metal band Celtic Frost. The album was released in May 2006 and was the first new recording released by the band for fourteen years.
Preparation and development work for the project had been ongoing since 2000. The first recording sessions for the album started in late October 2002. The band consisted of founding members Martin Eric Ain (bass/vocals) and Tom Gabriel Fischer (voice/guitars/keyboards), along with guitarist/producer Erol Unala, Fischer's long-time songwriting partner. Unala became an increasingly significant part of Celtic Frost during the songwriting.
Working titles for the album included Probe and Dark Matter Manifest.
Celtic Frost's earlier work melded elements of thrash metal and black metal. However, the sound of Monotheist has been described as heavier and darker, more akin to doom metal and gothic metal.
According to Ain and Fischer, some of the lyrics were influenced by the writings of the English occultist Aleister Crowley. This influence manifests itself in tracks such as "Os Abysmi Vel Daath", which is partially a name of one of Crowley's books.
Monotheist was released on CD, LP and as a digipak with a bonus track called "Temple of Depression". Both the vinyl LP version and the Japanese CD release of Monotheist feature the bonus track "Incantation Against You".
A video was made for the song "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh".
The album was ranked number 2 on Terrorizer's list of the best albums of the decade.
|1.||"Progeny"||Fischer||Ain, Fischer, Sesa||5:01|
|3.||"A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh"||Ain||Ain, Fischer, Unala||5:39|
|4.||"Drown in Ashes"||Fischer||Fischer||4:23|
|5.||"Os Abysmi Vel Daath"||Ain, Fischer||Ain, Fischer, Sesa, Unala||6:41|
|6.||"Temple of Depression" (Limited edition digipack bonus track)||Fischer||Ain, Fischer, Unala||4:59|
|7.||"Obscured"||Ain, Fischer, Unala||Ain, Fischer, Unala||7:04|
|8.||"Incantation Against You" (Japanese version and vinyl LP bonus track)||Ain||Ain, Vollenweider||5:06|
|9.||"Domain of Decay"||Fischer||Ain, Fischer, Unala||4:38|
|10.||"Ain Elohim"||Ain||Ain, Fischer, Sesa, Unala||7:33|
|11.||"Triptych: I. Totengott"||Ain||Fischer||4:27|
|12.||"Triptych: II. Synagoga Satanae"||Ain||Ain, Fischer, Sesa||14:24|
|13.||"Triptych: III. Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)"||(instrumental)||Fischer||4:32|
- Tom Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer: voice, guitars, arrangements, programming
- Martin Eric Ain: bass, lead and backing vocals (most vocals on "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh", all vocals on "Triptych I: Totengott", and spoken parts on "Triptych II: Synagoga Satanae"), and executive producer of album
- Erol Unala: guitars, engineer, additional programming on "Temple of Depression"
- Franco Sesa: drums
- Lisa Middelhauve (Xandria): guest vocals on "Drown in Ashes"
- Ravn (1349): backing vocals in final chorus of "Temple of Depression"
- Simone Vollenweider: guest backing vocals on "Temple of Depression", additional vocals on "Obscured", and lead vocals on "Incantation Against You"
- Satyr (Satyricon): brief segment of lead vocals on "Triptych II: Synagoga Satanae"
- Peter Tägtgren: backing vocals on "Triptych II: Synagoga Satanae" and co-producer of album
- Walter J.W. Schmid: engineering, mixing, mastering
- Phillip Schweidler: engineering, mixing
- "The Great Beast Resurrected" – article in PopMatters covering the band’s comeback and an early review of the album