Monotheist (album)

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Monotheist
CelticFrost Monotheist.jpg
Studio album by Celtic Frost
Released 29 May 2006
Recorded 2002–2005
Genre Doom metal, gothic metal, black metal, avant-garde metal
Length 68:16
Label Century Media
Producer Celtic Frost and Peter Tägtgren
Celtic Frost chronology
Parched with Thirst Am I and Dying
(1992)
Monotheist
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth 8/10[2]

Monotheist is the sixth and final studio album by Swiss heavy metal band Celtic Frost, released on 29 May 2006 by Century Media Records. It was the band's first release of new recordings in fourteen years.

Development[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Working titles for the album included Probe and Dark Matter Manifest.

Music[edit]

Celtic Frost's earlier work melded elements of thrash metal and black metal. The sound of Monotheist has been described as difficult to reduce down specifics, as the songs vary from avant-garde metal to doom metal to "blackened thrash" to gothic metal to symphonic metal.[1] The result is a wide-ranging but very dark heavy metal experience.[3][4] Don Kaye at Blabbermouth called it "a monstrously heavy and oppressive slab of metal" which goes "into even heavier, blacker territory" than previous albums.[2] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters said that the album was nearly a masterpiece of "brutally heavy" metal, "completely devoid of light."[3] Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic noted more subtle touches such as the "instantaneously infectious melody" of "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh", and the "haunting female voices" heard in duet with bandleader Tom Warrior on "Drown in Ashes".[1]

According to Fischer,[5] some of the lyrics were influenced by the writings of the English occultist Aleister Crowley.[5] This influence manifests itself in tracks such as "Os Abysmi Vel Daath", which is partially a name of one of Crowley's books.[3][4][6]

Release[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Progeny"   Fischer Ain, Fischer, Sesa 5:01
2. "Ground"   Fischer Fischer, Unala 3:55
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

Credits[edit]

  • Thomas Gabriel Fischer - vocals, guitars, arrangements, programming
  • Martin Eric Ain - bass, 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 Uenala - guitars, engineer, additional programming on "Temple of Depression"
  • Franco Sesa - drums

Session musicians[edit]

  • 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"
  • Sigurd Wongraven (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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eduardo Rivadavia: Monotheist.
  2. ^ a b Kaye, Don. "CELTIC FROST "Monotheist" (Century Media)". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Adrien Begrand: The Great Beast Resurrected.
  4. ^ a b Lord of the Wasteland: Celtic Frost. Monotheist.
  5. ^ a b Mattörhead: Celtic Frost (Tom Gabriel Fischer).
  6. ^ Guy Van Campenhout: Celtic Frost - Monotheist - CD-bespreking.

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