Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST have made available for exclusive use via www.celticfrost.com one of the demos for the new album currently in the works.
The song is called "Ground", written in 2002/2003, and is said to be "a mere pre-production demo," recorded earlier this year at the band's rehearsal space in Zurich, Switzerland. Pre-production demos are used to further develop material and to showcase new music to producers, engineers, and the band's industry partners.
The final version of "Ground", to be released on the forthcoming album, features new instrument and vocal tracks, recorded in a proper studio environment and resulting in a much better overall production and sound quality.
In a posting to the group's official message board, CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer discussed the band's decision to use the electronic "d-drum" in the song and the possibility of using programmed drums on future CF recordings.
"The programmed thread that goes through the song is the very thin and fine percussion line in the background, and that will remain in the song, no matter whether we will use acoustic drums or the electronic d-drum for the final album recording," Fischer wrote. "[Bassist] Martin [Ain], in particular, liked this percussion thread, and we agreed.
"We will use *some* programmed drums, when and if appropriate, often for some of the more experimental music. There also is *some* occasional programming (of various sorts) and other effects in a number of other songs, and yet we really mostly try to keep it simple and spartan, and we try to use any form of contribution strictly to create a picture by means of sound.
"As some — or most — of you may know, d-drums are *not* programmed drums. A d-drum kit is like a regular kit, but it plays triggered sounds (much like an acoustic kit with triggers, as used by so many bands). A d-drum kit is played by a drummer, like a 'real' kit, and it can be made to sound truly enormous, given the right sounds. The advantages are: numerous sound possibilities and a much shorter soundcheck in the studio. Our use of either d-drums or acoustic drums or a mixture of both is in no way connected to Reed.
"As far as who handles the programming: by now, everybody handles almost everything. It really depends on who writes the core of a song and what will fit that song. We have all done almost everything already, from bass to vocals and programming. This is really an extension of something that started already on 'Into the Pandemonium'."