"Belief in one god," suggests the title of Celtic Frost's comeback album, MONOTHEIST. For fans of the groundbreaking Swiss death/thrash metal outfit, that statement is better understood as "Belief in one band." Celtic Frost are the absolute deity of dark metal, and the band returned in 2006 to reclaim what it so rightfully deserved, following experiments and folly both daring and unsuccessful. Tom G. Warrior and company lay waste to a dense, moody, cathartic collection of songs, finding new inspiration in both their old works as well as elements of the early-2000s metal scene they helped inspire. Relentlessly grim and spiritually foreboding, MONOTHEIST marks a powerful return to form for Celtic Frost.
Spin (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] amazing how contemporary and brilliantly savage MONOTHEIST sounds. Leaning as much on noise punk's guitar as metal's rage..."
Q (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Unrelenting in its intensity, Monotheist condenses their experimental spirit into dense, enigmatic slabs of noise."
Alternative Press (p.212) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Celtic Frost have retained their best material, and wedded it to contemporary methods of sonic brutalization, returning at full strength."
CMJ (p.24) - "[T]he pair updates their signature death-thrash sound by lacing their sinister songs with sludgy riffs and cavernous vocals."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MONOTHEIST is a dark rock masterpiece built on an epic scale....No other metal band, past or present, could have pulled this off."