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Celtic Frost : Monotheist

Celtic Frost on doom-metal? Never too late!

Celtic Frost are much more than a simple band. With time passing by, they reached cult status and even became true legends. Actually, I canít think of another band since Black Sabbath that has had that kind of influence on so many and so different bands. They not only brought a major contribution in the shaping of the Black, Death and Thrash scene, but also influenced many progressive, Doom and industrial Metal bands - at least the more extreme ones. The band initially broke up in the early '90s and the rumor (and wishful thinking) of their reunion has been running quite often in every Metal magazine ever since. Finally things started to move in early 2000 and after a long period of work íMonotheistí was released in 2006. Normally, any release of Celtic Frost wouldnít end up reviewed on doom-metal.com since they definitely are not a Doom Metal, band but their comeback was marked under the sign of sheer Doom Metal; the album could teach many Doom/Death acts some valuable things.

íMonotheistí opens with 'Progeny', a harsh song dominated by repetitive riffs and a very cold feel. The same recipe is used in 'Ground'; it opens way for the band to build on feelings like despair, anguish and fear, feelings that are intensified in 'A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh', also featured in a video. A more relaxing song that loses nothing in gloom and darkness is 'Drown In Ashes'. Peter Tagtgren, who co-produced the album with the band, is featured as additional guitarist here. One of the finest moments in the album is the song 'Os Abysmi Vel Daath' that follows. In my copy, the next song is a bonus track: the more black/industrial 'Temple Of Depression', in which Ravn from the Black Metal band 1349 performs vocals. In my opinion it doesnít work well with the moods the album as a whole conveys and somehow it corrupts the continuity of it. A great surprise comes with 'Obscure', a more simply structured and more melodic song that brings in mind some of the darkest songs in Nick Caveís 'Murder Ballads' album. íMonotheistí goes on with 'Domain Of Decay', a thick-sounding song that serves as smooth transition to 'Ain Elohim', a very aggressive, wrathful and menacing-sounding song. The album ends with a three-part opus called 'Triptych'. The first part, 'Triptych I: Tottengott', is a very atmospheric avant-garde/ambient song with creepy whispering vocals. Part two. 'Triptych II: Synagoga Satanae', is a monument of twisted madness that is sustained by the vocal contribution of Satyr from the Black Metal band Satyricon. The album ends with 'Triptych III: Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)', a cello-driven, symphonic piece that concludes perfectly a perfect album.

In brief, I consider this to be the best Doom Metal album of the decade, so do yourself a favour and listen to it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Progeny
2. Ground
3. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
4. Drown in Ashes
5. Os Abysmi vel Daath
6. Temple of Depression*
7. Obscured
8. Domain of Decay
9. Ain Elohim
10. Triptych I. Totengott
11. Triptych II. Synagoga Satanae
12. Triptych III. Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)

*Bonus track in limited edition digipack

Duration : Approx. 73 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-02-16 by Dimitris Plastiras
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