CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer recently told Terrorizer magazine why Reed St Mark — drummer with the band's best-known line-up — did not take part in the recording of their "comeback" album, "Monotheist".
"Reed was a driving factor in getting the band back together," Tom explained. "For years he pestered me and I was not interested. I only got interested when we all got in touch again to do the reissues five years ago. By that time Reed had moved to a place in his life where it was physically and psychologically impossible for him to play on an album, and I'm trying to say it respectfully 'cos I'm still really good friends with him. He knows too that he wouldn't have been able even though he was keen for very many years. I know he's in a much better place now. We talked some time ago and he's doing much better now but at that time it was impossible. He approached it with different values to me and Martin [Ain, bass] and it just wasn't supposed to happen. It's a shame but in hindsight, the album sounds good. To force the line-up back together I don't think would have been right and I don't think it would sound as strong as it is now."
As previously reported, CELTIC FROST have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The first release under the agreement, scheduled for spring 2006, is the band's highly anticipated new project titled "Monotheist", CELTIC FROST's first album in 13 years. The album features 11 songs all produced by the band with Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). The album will be released simultaneously in all territories in three different configurations including a limited-edition digipak containing the bonus track "Temple Of Depression" and a vinyl LP with another bonus title, "Incantation Against You".