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Peter Tagtren's production brings out the bleak, menacing, and suffocating undertones on this album wonderfully. Tom's vocals are abysmal, dark, and truly PISSED. Guitars are tuned REALLY low, which help add some gut-level punch, and the drums, as always at Abyss Studios, are produced wonderfully. The electronic elements aren't distracting, and actually add a more modern, sophisticated edge to the goth-laced doom metal. The song "Drown in Ashes" features spacious synths, detached female vocals, and lurching bass lines while still being able to fit in with the likes of the next track, "Os Abysmi Vel Daath," which is probably one of the most ominus, blackened doom metal songs I've heard in a while.
By integrating an occult influence into the music, the album is made that much darker. The closing trinity of the album features invocations written in German and Latin, and the slug-paced metal, resonating with feedback and hellish ambience, makes it come to life. All of the lyrics are explained in the booklet, and even for a very educated person of the occult, you would be baffled at the depth of the lyrics and can truly tell that there is some time and effort put into these works.
While old-schoolers may shake their heads in disapproval, lovers of the more obscure side of metal, such as myself, will be delighted at the sheer crushing weight of this album.
The rythmic authority of aggro-metal tracks like Ground and Ain Elohim evoke the power of their earlier stuff, while things are kept varied with experimental songs such as Obscured and Totengott. The former evokes a tragic melody that average gothic tripe found of MTV could only dream of, whereas the latter is a nerve-wrecking industrial soundscape featuring Martin Eric Ain's fierce black metal shrieks. But the album's highlight is Synagoga Satanae, an epic featuring Satyr that sums up why Celtic Frost is such a widely revered band.
A sinister and challenging return to form for Frost. Black metal album of the year, anyone?
- Thus says the Pellington
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the early days of Celtic Frost until that one album. Yeah. The last one I bought from them was Parched With Thirst and finally I gave this a listen and thought "Well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Old Mothertrucker
Great album, great pressing on vinyl. The sound quality is excellent, and for a well put-together package (gatefold, double white vinyl) it's a very nice value. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ken K.
Double-LP on white vinyl. Gatefold sleeve and full-color inner sleeves. Includes the bonus track "Incantation Against You". Very pleased.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Geh
As a fan of Celtic Frost from day 1, I am totally blown away at how great this album is. Monotheist sounds like classic '80's Frost, and would have fit wonderfully between To Mega... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Louis S. Toth
It's too bad that their comeback only lasted for one album before they imploded again, but at least they came back (and went out) on a high note. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rich L.