Reunited Swiss "avant-garde" metallers CELTIC FROST, who have yet to announce a new record deal for a comeback album that they've been diligently working on for over two years, recently lashed out at a "fan" for suggesting that the group's unrealistic contractual demands will require some "toning down" before a respectable record label will invest money in a band that hasn't released a studio album since 1990's "Vanity/Nemesis".
Writing to the band's official message board, CELTIC FROST guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabriel Fischer said, "The 'demands made' past and present relate directly to our artistic freedom and — perhaps even more to the point — our artistic integrity. These topics are extensive (and not: 'expensive'), and they are usually connected to a trade-off of control of an album between the record company and the band. The company is usually afraid the band will go too far (especially in the case of CELTIC FROST) to still attain any commercial success and the band is usually concerned about the record company compromising an artistic concept or vision.
"This process is magnified in the case of the new album, because it incorporates an *extremely* wide range of musical material, and some very radical views. Needless to say, this is why the 'Probe' album we are working on right now pushes all these principles to the max. As did every other unusual album CELTIC FROST ever did, [including] 'To Mega Therion' (1985) and 'Into The Pandemonium' (1987).
"As for the financial contents of the contracts on our desks right now: the 1980s are long gone, my friend, and the monetary amounts that are realistic now are outright meager in comparison. Especially for a high-risk album like ours, for which nobody — especially not the band — can guarantee any particular sales figures.
"By the time the album will see the light of the day in 2003, we will have invested *at least* as much money in it as the record company, if not substantially more. We, and I in particular, have been financing the traveling, equipment, writing, and many recording sessions for this new CELTIC FROST album for over two years now, and we will still finance a significant amount of the production ourselves until industry money will come into play. And there is no way in hell any record company will ever reimburse us for all of this, unless the album will be an outstanding success."