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CELTIC FROST Monotheist Century Media (2006)

Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost are a band that have infuenced too many bands to mention here. Their legacy has been a monumental, for a band that was once renoun for going against the grain and leading the genre in terms of experimental sounds.

But all that was history, releasing their last album proper, in 1992, making a comeback was either a massive gamble or huge mistake.

With, 'Montheist', the gamble seems to have paid off, sounding like Celtic Frost and no one else, CF have kept their legendary status intact and maybe have something to offer to the metal world in 2006.

Celtic Frost have never been what you would call, 'easy listening'. Their music demands concentration and has many layers that need to be peeled away, befor you can truely appreciate what is going on within each album.

'Monotheist' is no different, their are times when I was listening that the sounds I was hearing were downright disturbing and uncomfortable listening.

Many of the songs are quite long, atmospheric, yet some are as brutal as any of the modern extreme bands you might care to name. 'Monotheist', highlight, is the epic, 'Synogoga Satanae', a 14 minute tour de force that is the quinssential Celtic Frost modern sound.

With so much going on in the mix, only the monumental touch of Peter Tagtgren, (Hypocrisy, Pain) could all this from decending into a blur of white noise.

While I'm not sure if this is a classic or utter rubbish, further listenings may lead me to believing Celtic Frost have made one of the best comeback albums ever.

***

Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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