Celtic Frost at Aardschokdag, IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 8th of February 1987
What I still remember was the enormous popularity of this band in The Netherlands. This surprised me a bit because Celtic Frost wasn’t a band who walked on the paved roads. The Swiss band from Zürich was always looking for extremities in the metal landscape and flirted with avant-garde elements such as classical and electronica. Maybe it was this unorthodox approach which made them so popular and much loved. After the show I had an interview with bass player Martin Ain about crossing musical boundaries and out of the box thinking. He spoke openly about the band’s creative approach and philosophy on “To Mega Therion (1985)” and the highly experimental “Into the Pandemonium (1987)”. Until today Celtic Frost is still known for their strong influence on the development of extreme and avant-garde metal. Their influence has been huge; they have inspired a lot of Black Metal, Death Metal, Trash Metal and traditional Heavy Metal Bands. Their impact is still noticeable….even today.