Celtic Frosted Flakes

Current line-up of the Swiss thrash band Celtic Frost.
The current Celtic Frost line-up, featuring band founders Tom G. Warrior (centre left) and Martin Ain (centre right).

One of the first metal bands I ever got into was the Swiss avante-garde thrash band Celtic Frost, thanks to my school friend David Watson; now Dr David Watson, PhD — he did his doctorate asking the question “Does water seep through concrete, and if so how fast?”. Four years later his results were, as any resident of a dilapidated council tenement will readily tell you, “yes” and “slowly”. Anyway, back to Celtic Frost.

Celtic Frost were amongst the pioneers of the whole trash metal scene, having emerged from the ashes of frontman Tom G. Warrior’s previous band Hellhammer. And yesterday I discovered that metal ‘supergroup’ S.O.D (featuring Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante) had written a tribute song entitled Celtic Frosted Flakes — do you see what they did there? — the lyrics of which will probably not mean anything to about 99.9% of you, but here they are anyway, because they made me laugh (CF song titles are in italics):

Celtic Frosted Flakes
by Stormtroopers of Death, Bigger Than the Devil, 1999.

[Spoken intro:
Billy Milano: Hey Scott?
Scott Ian: What’s up?
Billy Milano: Hey! Uh… remember that band, that was from, uh, Sweden?
Scott Ian: I … I think they were from Switzerland.
Billy Milano: Oh yeah! … Uh, what were they called?]

What ever happened to Celtic Frost?
Is it true that they got lost,
In the Pandemonium,
Never to be seen again?

Tom Warrior fell from a tree in Cherry Orchard,
Martin Ain drowned in a Cold Lake,
Reed St. Mark went To Mega Therion,
And remains there ’till this day.

What ever happened to Celtic Frost?
Is it true that they got lost,
In the Pandemonium,
Never to be seen again?

Tom Warrior is waiting for the Emperor’s Return,
Martin Ain’s trapped in the Circle of the Tyrants,
Reed St. mark was blinded in the Crypt of Rays,
Where he remains ’till this day.

Whatever happened to Celtic Frost?

The great news is that Celtic Frost have a new album “Monotheist” coming out this Spring; their first in 13 years, featuring the following songs:

  1. Progeny
  2. Ground
  3. A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
  4. Drown In Ashes
  5. Os Abysmi Vel Daath
  6. Obscured
  7. Domain Of Decay
  8. Ain Elohim
  9. Triptych, pt.1: Totengott
  10. Triptych, pt.2: Synagoga Satanae
  11. Triptych, pt.3: Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)

So some cheery stuff there! Now there is something to look forward to metal-lovers.

Scottish regions on web forms

Map of the 32 local council areas in Scotland

Here’s a page on Wikipedia that I wish more web designers who write UK address forms would read: Subdivisions of Scotland.

It annoys me when I come to fill in an online form that the form designers haven’t done their homework and instead present me with an outdated list of Scottish regions from which to choose.

Living in Edinburgh I’m usually presented with either Lothian, which no longer exists, or Midlothian, which is south of Edinburgh and includes Dalkeith and Penicuik (I once managed to convince an English friend that it had a soft ‘c’ and was thus pronounced Penis-wick; it’s actually pronounced Penny-cook.).

To be fair, it wasn’t until I moved to Edinburgh in 2003 that I discovered the various regions and districts of Scotland that I’d been taught in school had been abolished on 1 April 1996, in favour of the current 32 local authority council areas of Scotland. I remember at primary school learning that Scotland had nine regions: Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Central, Fife, Grampian, Highland, Lothian, Strathclyde and Tayside, and within those 56 districts. I was living in London in 1996, which is probably how I missed the change. Now there are 32 local government areas in Scotland, with some councils sharing responsibility for Police and Fire, Health, and Sheriff Courts. Nothing is simple these days, is it!

So a gentle plea to web form designers: please replace “Lothian” on your forms with City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, and East Lothian. And include the other 28 regions … sorry, areas too.