Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have issued the following update:
"On the occasion of the conclusion of the 2006 North American leg of CELTIC FROST's 'Monotheist' tour, we would like to pause for a moment to thank the many who made this massive undertaking possible.
"We wish to pay tribute to the extraordinary audiences we were granted to play for and encounter during our 46 concerts in the United States and Canada. Never before in the band's history have we been made to feel so welcome and respected. We particularly wish to thank the many who attended multiple tour dates, from two to what we believe is the current record, ten concerts. We are further deeply indebted to our crew, each member of which has gone far beyond the call of duty to ensure each day that CELTIC FROST were able to exercise onstage the required musical darkness. Gratitude and respect is also due to our special guests and friends 1349, SAHG, SUNN O))), and GOATWHORE.
"In conclusion, we feel deeply honored to have been able to welcome to our shows many of our peers and friends, among them former CELTIC FROST drummer Reed St. Mark.
"The FROST bows to all of you.
"This was CELTIC FROST's first tour of North America in over 17 years. As currently intended, we will return to the United States and Canada, after the group concludes the currently scheduled tours in Japan and Europe in the first half of 2007."
As previously reported, CELTIC FROST has announced new tour dates for Japan, beginning in January of 2007, as part of the "Extreme The Dojo" tour with Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON. This marks the first time that CELTIC FROST has ever toured Japan.
CELTIC FROST Japanese "Extreme The Dojo" tour dates with SATYRICON:
Jan. 16 - Tokyo, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 17 - Osaka, JPN @ Club Quattro
Jan. 18 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
CELTIC FROST's video for "A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh", a song taken from their first album in 13 years, "Monotheist", can be viewed at this location. The fascinatingly gloomy clip was filmed by up-and-coming Swiss director Jessie Fischer (no relation to singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer) in Zurich, Switzerland, in mid-August 2006.