Celtic Frost: Monotheist
Celtic Frost is an innovative heavy metal group from Zürich, Switzerland, best known for their influence on the thrash metal, black metal and death metal genres.
In late 2001, Fischer and Ain began to write music together again, along with Unala on guitar and, from late 2002, experienced Swiss drummer Franco Sesa (also known within the group as the Inverted Cross). The aim was to develop and record a new, very dark and heavy album. The completion of the project took far longer than anticipated (in part due to the DIY nature of the project and the project's financing) but finally resulted, in late 2005, in what Fischer and Ain describe as "perhaps the darkest album Celtic Frost have ever recorded", based on a combination of the musical aura of To Mega Therion and Into The Pandemonium.
The newest and seventh Celtic Frost album was financed by the group itself through their own imprint, Prowling Death Records, the organization named after the publisher of the Hellhammer demos and which managed Hellhammer's career. The album was produced by Celtic Frost and assisted by Peter Tägtgren (of Hypocrisy/Pain fame). Celtic Frost later signed a worldwide distribution deal with Century Media Records. The album, titled "Monotheist", was released on May 30th, 2006.