Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have posted the following message on their official web site:"CELTIC FROST were very honoured to meet close friends again on the occasion of the Swiss concert of Norwegian groups 1349 and GORGOROTH at La Chaux-de-Fonds on November 12, 2005, which they attended upon invitation by 1349's singer Ravn and drummer Frost. "Ravn had long proposed that CELTIC FROST's Tom Gabriel Fischer join 1349 on stage to sing lead vocals for 1349's version of the CELTIC FROST classic 'The Usurper' (from the 'To Mega Therion' album, 1985). It finally happened that night in the French part of Switzerland. The meeting of all three groups presented an opportunity to renew, reinforce, or establish a number of existing and new friendships. "In the meantime, however, Ravn had also sung backing vocals on CELTIC FROST's 'Temple of Depression', a song scheduled to appear on the limited special edition of CELTIC FROST's forthcoming 'Monotheist' album. Ravn's contribution was recorded by Peter Tägtgren at Horus Sound Studio in Hanover, Germany, in August 2005, in the course of the final sessions for the new album. "The photos [Photo#1, Photo#2] show CELTIC FROST's Tom Gabriel Fischer onstage with 1349 (photographed by Sadhusatana from www.helveticpaganhorde.ch) and GORGOROTH's Gaahl and Tom Gabriel Fischer backstage at La Chaux-de-Fonds's Bikini Test venue (photographed by Nina Treml)." As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively revealed on Nov. 29, CELTIC FROST will be embarking on a North American tour beginning next September. So far, it appears that the trek will include a two-night stint (Sept. 12-13) at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia, followed by two back-to-back shows at B.B. King's in New York City on September 14-15. Dates in Montreal and Toronto are also in the process of being confirmed. CELTIC FROST have been confirmed for next year's Wacken Open Air festival, 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." CELTIC FROST have set "Monotheist" 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.
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