Celtic Frost's big comeback record and they sounded better than ever.
Frontman Tom Gabriel "I Wonder How Long I Can Hide My Balding Head Under This Stupid Hat" Fischer and bassist Martin Eric Ain recruited drummer Franco Sesa and guitarist Erol Unala and recorded the best album of their career, one that sounded nothing like anything the band had done in the past. Unlike anything anyone had done, really.
This is better than Morbid Tales, better than To Mega Therion. [/blasphemous but true]
This was a much filthier, dirtier, doomier album with a claustrophobic, suffocating feel that is almost unbearable in large doses. Listening to Monotheist in one sitting feels like slowly drowning in tar while Coffin Joe points and laughs at you. The anguished screams at 7:17-7:50 in Synagoga Satanae are the sounds of every soul in hell burning in unison. No black metal band in history has recorded anything nearly as menacing and evil.
Fischer of course left the band a couple of years after this was released, and continued along the Monotheist path with this year's excellent Triptykon record. He also likes to shuffle around like an emo and take MySpace-photos of himself in the mirror.
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