Cold Shoulder: Celtic Frost split up (again)

Legendary Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost

are no more - but it's still not clear why.

(Now) former Celtric Frost singer and guitarist, the slightly over-dramatic

Tom Gabriel Fischer

has issued the following statement regarding his departure from the group:

"I am devastated beyond description, and I am infinitely disappointed. As the one member of Celtic Frost who is exposed most dramatically to the feedback by our audiences and the media, I feel troubled and humiliated about being unable to honor the enormous goodwill extended to Celtic Frost during the past few years and meet the justified expectations of our fans.

"I have always seen the



[2006's comeback record) as a mere beginning],

and a tame one at that. My mind and spirit are full of energy, creativity, and ideas. Celtic Frost had become the unreserved focus of my life for the second time. I was looking forward immeasurably to working on the next Celtic fRost album. To me, it needed to be darker, heavier, and more experimental than Monotheist.

"And yet, Celtic Frost consisted of three individuals, and I was only one of them. In the end I had to concede to myself that there was no other option.

"My friendship with and respect for Martin Eric Ain [bass] remain unaffected. Moreover, I am in the process of assessing my options to eventually complete, record, and release some of the ideas I originally created for Celtic Frost and the planned next album in the course of the past few years, and to take our distinctive music out on the road again.

"There is no way back."