CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted the following message on his official blog:
"My body has been losing what seem like rivers of blood every day for weeks now. Coupled with an apparently inexhaustible agony, especially after the last two of CELTIC FROST's concerts, it almost amounts to an antediluvian consecration, an offering, an act of penance, an expiation."
As previously reported, CELTIC FROST's latest album, "Monotheist", sold just under 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's first album in 13 years was produced by the band with Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and features 11 songs.
CELTIC FROST cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on June 3 after mainman Thomas Gabriel Fischer was rushed to the hospital, where "he was diagnosed with a kidney stone that was about to dislocate," according to the group's management. The band returned to form on June 10 by playing a triumphant 90-minute headliner show on the "Sweden Stage" at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival, a mere three days after Fischer had undergone surgery. The reactions to this show — as well as to the preceding warm-up concerts — have been extremely positive. To quote Martin "Raging Too Hard, As Usual" Carlsson from his review of the festival in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, "It was the best gig in the whole history of the festival."