The evolution and development of extreme music would not be where it is today without the revolutionary, forward thinking of Switzerland’s CELTIC FROST. Not only did they help shape death and black metal in its earliest stages as well as provide a profound influence on hardcore, they arguably created the blueprints for which all avant-garde metal would follow years later. After a decade plus in perpetual slumber, CELTIC FROST made a mighty return in their darkest album yet, Monotheist. However, the return of the band was a very tough and hard fought road as APESHIT learned after meeting up with vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior) before one of their shows during the first half of their U.S. tour.
Seattle, WA’s BLUE SKY MILE have wrapped up their debut full length, to be released January 20th by Initial Records. The album, entitled Sands Once Seas, serves as the followup to the critically acclaimed CDEP released earlier in 2003 on Ohev Records. BLUE SKY MILE plan to tour early in 2004 as well in support of the album.
South Florida’s REMEMBERING NEVER have announced that their sophomore album will be released on Ferret Music January 27th. Entitled Women And Children Die First, the effort was recorded by Jeremy Staska and will feature design work courtesy of Asterik Studios. Check out the album cover here.
Originally formed out of two thirds of Norwegian black metal gods, EMPEROR, ZYKLON grew to become a formidable yet distinct beast on its own. ZYKLON‘s debut album, World ov Worms, was an impressive record that combined death metal and black metal along with some industrial/electronic influences into a violent machine. With a new frontman in tow in MYRKSKOG drummer, Secthdamon, ZYKLON‘s highly anticipated sophomore effort, Aeon, stirs up their musical recipe for a well-balanced record. APESHIT recently spoke with guitarist and ringleader, Samoth, about the band’s new record and their brutal yet state-of-the-art metal.