Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost

Formed : 1984 // Birchwil, Zurich, Switzerland
Disbanded : 1992 // Zurich, Switzerland
Resurrected : 2006 // Zurich, Switzerland
Disbanded : 2008 // Zurich, Switzerland

Born out of the ashes of Hellhammer (2) in 1984, Celtic Frost was started by Tom G. Warrior (aka Thomas G. Fischer, Vocals/Guitar) and Martin Eric Ain (Bass). Never ones to keep treading the same ground for long, the band progressed from proto-black metal ("Morbid Tales") to incorporating more classical influences ("To Mega Therion") and then displaying a more avante-garde streak ("Into The Pandemonium"). In 1988, Warrior fronted an new line up (drummer Stephen Priestly, who played on "Morbid Tales" was the only member besides Warrior to have any previous connect to the band) for "Cold Lake". Criticized as "glam metal" by many of the group's fans, the band's creditibilty took a huge hit. Blame was later assigned to guitarist Oliver Amberg, who composed much of the album in place of an allegedly uninterested Tom G. Warrior. Martin Eric Ain returned for 1990's "Vanity/Nemesis", but the group folded shortly after.

In the early 2000's, Warrior (now calling himself Thomas G. Fischer) and Ain regrouped with guitarist Erol Unala and drummer Franco Sesa. Fischer and Ain also revived the Prowling Death Records imprint, which had previously been used to issue the Hellhammer demos. Prowling Death would issue the group's new recordings by licensing them through Century Media, starting with 2006's "Monotheist" (although the Prowling Death imprint is not featured on the release). Erol Unala left the group shortly after the release of "Monotheist".

Although there were plans to follow up "Monotheist", Thomas G. Fischer announced his departure from Celtic Frost in April 2008, citing "the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious", although he later stated that his friendship with Ain was still intact.

On September 9, 2008, Martin Eric Ain and Tom G. Fischer announced the definite end of Celtic Frost via the band's official homepage.

Final Lineup (2008)

* Tom Gabriel Fischer – vocals, guitars, programming (1984–2008)
* Martin Eric Ain – bass guitar, vocals (1984–2008)
* Franco Sesa – drums, percussion (2001–2008)
* V Santura – guitar (live, 2007–2008)

Previous members

* Ron Marks – guitar (1987)
* Oliver Amberg – guitar (1988–1989)
* Stephen Priestly – drums, percussion (1984, 1988–1992)
* Reed St. Mark – drums, percussion (1985–1988, 1992–1993)
* Curt Victor Bryant – guitar (1989–1993)
* Erol Unala – guitar (live, 2001–2006)
* Anders Odden – guitar (live, 2006–2007)

Celtic Frost Discography


Celtic Frost Morbid Tales (MiniAlbum, Album) Noise (3) Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Emperor's Return (MiniAlbum, Single) Noise (3) US 1985 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion (Album) Noise (3) Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Into The Pandemonium (Album) Noise International France 1987 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Cold Lake (Album) Noise International Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Vanity / Nemesis (Album) EMI Noise, EMI Electrola US 1990 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Monotheist (Album) Century Media Europe 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Celtic Frost Tragic Serenades (EP) Combat, Noise (3) US 1986 Sell This Version
N 0078 Celtic Frost The Collector's Celtic Frost(12", EP, S/Sided, Ltd) Noise International N 0078 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost I Won't Dance (EP) Noise International Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Cherry Orchards (Single) Noise International Germany 1988 Sell This Version
none Tankard / Celtic Frost Tankard / Celtic Frost - Untitled(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Noise International none UK 1988 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Chris Tetley Presents The Celtic Frost Story (EP) Rock Hard Records (2) UK 1990 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Wine In My Hand (Third From The Sun) (Maxi, EP) EMI Noise Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Temple Of Depression (Single) Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records Italy 2017 Sell This Version


Celtic Frost Morbid Tales / Emperor's Return (Comp) Noise (3) Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Celtic Frost Parched With Thirst Am I And Dying (Comp) Noise International Germany 1992 Sell This Version
SIPC-043 (N 191) Celtic Frost Parched With Thirst Am I And Dying(Cass, Album, Comp, RP) Seoul Records, Inc. SIPC-043 (N 191) South Korea 1992 Sell This Version
CD 47 17980 Celtic Frost Are You Morbid?(CD, Comp) Delta Deluxe CD 47 17980 UK 2003 Sell This Version
NOISE2CD014 Celtic Frost Innocence And Wrath(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM, Dig) Noise (3), BMG NOISE2CD014 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version


Celtic Frost Live At The Hammersmith Odeon 3.3.89 Fotodisk Video UK 1990 Sell This Version


Celtic Frost Monotheist Sampler Century Media US 2006 Sell This Version
none Celtic Frost Celtic Frost(CDr, CD-ROM, MP3) Not On Label none Europe Unknown Sell This Version