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Formed: 2000
From: Notodden, Norway
Last Known Status: Disbanded


Formed from the ashes of Emperor, Zyklon released their debut World ov Worms in 2001 to worldwide critical acclaim. The Norwegian band, featuring guitarist Destructhor and bassist/vocalist Secthdamon (also of Myrkskog), with drummer Trym and guitarist Samoth, participated on the successful "Extreme Music for Extreme People" US tour featuring Morbid Angel, Deicide, Soilent Green and Exhumed. In early 2002, the band began work on their second album, Aeon. Since its late 2003 release, the album has received overwhelming support from Terrorizer, Metal Maniacs, Brave Words Bloody Knuckles, Kerrang, Unrestrained and countless others.

Latest Zyklon News

Below is our complete Zyklon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Wretched End: Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

The Wretched End - the studio alliance of former Emperor/Zyklon guitarist Samoth, Mindgrinder/Windir member Cosmo, and Dark Funeral drummer Nils Dominator Fjellström - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "In These Woods, From These Mountains", which will be out in stores tomorrow April 22 via Indie Recordings.

Check out now "In These Woods, From These Mountains" in its entirety below.

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 3. Emperor

As many people are aware, February is Black History Month in the United States of America. Always one to respect cultures and take part in something, we here at MetalUnderground.com are dedicating this month to the history of Black Metal. We will be looking at some of the biggest names in the genre, those who helped to shape it, and some of the promising younger black metal bands in the underground.

The Emperor is dead, long live the Emperor! Or at least that’s how the rallying cry goes these days, and with good reason. Bands like Immortal and Marduk may still be churning out albums in our current decade, but if there is one name synonymous with black metal, it is Emperor. In honor of black metal history month, we previously looked at two bands that influenced early black metal (Sodom and King Diamond), and now we’ll delve into the heart of the subject with a band that represents the core ideals and sounds of the genre.

Despite having only recorded four main studio albums, the last of which came out a full decade ago, Emperor is still one of the most widely known, widely respected, and widely requested black metal bands in existence. The group of kids from Norway who became Emperor probably had no idea what they were going to eventually birth when they started putting together rasping screams and freezing cold atmosphere. Emperor has left a lasting mark on the world of extreme metal, and not just for fans of Norwegian black metal. More...

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Cryptopsy Drummer To Appear On Nader Sadek Debut

New York-based visual artist Nader Sadek has announced a long list of guest musicians set to appear on his debut record "In The Flesh". The long list of musicians set to appear on the album include Steve Tucker (ex -Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Mike Lerner (Behold… The Arctopus) and Destructhor (Morbid Angel, Zyklon) amongst many others. "In The Flesh" is planned for release sometime in 2011 through Florida based Greyhaze Records.

A video for the track "Nigredo In Necromance" featuring Flo Mounier and Rune Eriksen can be viewed below.

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Samoth Auctioning Emperor/Zyklon Guitar

Guitarist Samoth of the new defunct acts Emperor and Zyklon is auctioning off his Jackson Randy Rhoads through ebay. Samoth issued the following statement about the auction and the historical value of the guitar:

"Having been an official ESP endorsee for several years now, Samoth has now decided to Ebay
his classic Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar. This is your chance to own a true piece of Emperor history! This Jackson Randy Rhoads has been one of Samoth's main guitars many years, both in the studio and on the road. It can be heard on such Emperor recordings as 'IX Equilibrium', 'Prometheus' and even seen on the live DVD's 'Emperial Live Ceremony', 'Live at Wacken'. It has also been used on all the Zyklon album recordings, and can also been seen on the Zyklon live DVD 'Storm Detonation', as well as both Zyklon music video's 'Psyklon Aeon' and 'Core Solution'."

The information on the guitar is as follows:

Model: RR-1 Randy Rhoads USA. Neck-thru body, ebony fretboard with shark-tooth inlays
Bridge: Floyd Rose Orig.
Pickups: Seymore Duncan
Colour: Black
Production year: 1998
Serialnr: U06757

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The Wretched End Issues Recording Update

Norway's The Wretched End, a project with Samoth (Emperor/Zyklon) and Cosmo (Mindgrinder), has issued the following studio update:

"Quick update! Cosmo finished the bass tracks last week. Now we’re finishing up lyrics and working on vocal arrangements. Cosmo will be handling the vocals. The pre-prod arrangements sounds very good. We’ll be back at Stand Studio soon to finalize the recordings."

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Zyklon Calls It A Day

Norwegian metal outfit Zyklon has announced that they have decided to call it a day, after the band had been inactive for some time. A message from guitarist Samoth (also formerly of Emperor) reads as follows:

"After taking an offical break over two years ago, it has now become the reality that Zyklon is no longer a functional band, and thus the decision is made to formaly split up the band, instead of just letting it decend into nothingness. As a final release from the band, Candlelight Records will later this year put out a boxset, entitled The Storm Manifesto, including all three full-length albums with various bonus material. Zyklon played its final show in Tokyo, Japan on September 28th, 2007.

"All members of Zyklon are still active on various fronts. Samoth is currently in the studio working on the debut album for his new project, The Wretched End. Destructhor is still touring with Morbid Angel, and is still planning to complete a new Myrkskog album with Secthdamon. Trym is mainly working in his tattoo shop, but is scheduled to appear in a new music project soon."

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Abigail Williams Taps Mutiny Drummer

Abigail Williams has officially disclosed the addition of drummer Samus Paulicelli (ex-Mutiny) to their line-up. You can see Paulicelli in action here and below. Abigail Williams had utilized a guest drummer during the recent recording of their new album.

"In The Shadows Of A Thousands Suns" as the title of its new album, due this summer via Candlelight Records. The recording was done in Notodden, Norway, with guest drummer Trym (EMPEROR, ZYKLON) laying down tracks at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio with engineer Thorbjørn Akkerhuagen (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR). More...

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Morbid Angel Announces New Guitarist

Morbid Angel have revealed that longtime Zyklon guitarist Destructhor (also known as Thor Anders Myhren).

Frontman David Vincent has said: “The hunt for another guitarist to play alongside Trey (Azagthoth, the band’s primary songwriter) was long and difficult. Man, I tell you, we had tapes sent to us from all over the world from guys who wanted to play in our band, and many of them were extremely talented – but Thor was the right choice for us. He’s a fantastic guitarist and fits right in with the band. Also, Zyklon have supported Morbid Angel in the past, so the guys knew each other already.”

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Zyklon Taking Break, Future Uncertain

Extreme metal band Zyklon have recently finished a tour of Japan promoting their latest release, 'Disintegrate'. Samoth had this to say on the tour, the immediate and long-term future of Zyklon, and other projects of band-members:

"Returning from Japan marks the end of Zyklon's touring activities for "Disintegrate". Japan is always an awesome experience. We had amazing crowds, hospitality and, of course, lots of sake. Looking back on the general touring activities for "Disintegrate", we've seen many of the same clubs and people, but also some new places and a lot of new faces, which has been great. We made it back to the states, even if only for a one-off festival, we played the Roskilde festival, which was really cool opportunity for an extreme metal band like Zyklon, and we did a bunch of other European festivals, some smaller tours, etc. It's been a good run, and a particularly interesting one as Trym, Secthdamon and myself have also done a bunch of big Emperor shows during the same timeline. There have been both pros and cons to that situation, but all in all it's been very cool.

As for future plans, I guess one could say that it's a bit "up in the air" at the moment. Looking back there have been ups and downs during the years with Zyklon. We're not always an easy band to manage, as all members live in different cities and have multiple commitments on different fronts, thus it's often hard for all the logistic and practical things to work. This situation has especially come more into focus in the last year or so, where it has become harder and harder to get the band together when needed, with the spirit and excitement that one expects from a band like this. Basically, I don't feel that we as a band have the fire needed to start working on a new album right now. Therefore Zyklon are taking a break. This is a good time for us to do so. We have completed a good run of shows around the world for our latest album; we have completed all our contractual obligations with Candlelight Records (with success I must add, as Candlelight have treated us well, cheers mates!).

Also, the 'terror-twins', Destructhor and Secthdamon, have plans to go for it with Myrkskog, and will hopefully finally take the actions needed to complete their new, long-delayed, album. I truly hope they will, because this is the time to do it and I know the fans have been waiting for years, and judging from the pre-production material I have heard, it will be massive statement of intricate and brutal death metal. Trym is also working on a new album with his other band, Paganize, at the moment.

Personally, I have a bunch of material written and will keep on working on that over the winter, and basically take it from there. What the future will bring I cannot say at this point. All I know is that we're all active musicians and have no intentions what so ever to stop our mission of METAL!!!

On other fronts, there are plans for an official Emperor DVD release. There's a lot of cool material to be reviewed, mixed and edited. There are also things happening on my label, Nocturnal Art, this fall with new releases from Manngard, In Battle and Limbonic Art. Make sure you log into the official Nocturnal Art, Zyklon and Emperor Myspace profiles for updates."

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Various Metal Stars Featured In NY Art Exhibit

Egyptian artist Nader Sadek has invited Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Trym (EMPEROR, ZYKLON), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ex-Deicide, Death), as well as Middle Eastern legend Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Miles Jay (ex-Weird Al, Fathy S alama's Orchestra), Liron Peled (Raquy And The Cavemen) and Raquy Danziger to contribute to his multimedia installation "The Faceless" that opens 6th September at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York's Chelsea district.

These musicians worked with Sadek to produce a noise experiment moving in and out of independently conceived death metal and Arabic music tracks. This sonic composition accompanies Sadek's uniquely installed drawings which juxtapose the iconographies of death metal and Middle Eastern fundamentalism, which outsiders often associate with darkness, moon worship, and anti-Christian fervour. "The Faceless" startles the audience into rethinking connections between these two frequently misunderstood and villified cultures.

Having grown up a death metal fan in Egypt, Sadek works from the knowledge that the Egyptian state perceived both death metal and religious fundamentalism as threats to its power and legitimacy: death metal rebels against religious and political hypocrisy; piety rebels against a bureaucratic, commercialized, and godless world. Through sound, image, and space, "The Faceless" mingles these cultures in thoughtful, frightening, and uncanny ways.

Says Sadek: "For a while now, I've been interested in exploring what different cultures perceive of as extreme. 'The Faceless' grows out of years of walking the crowded streets of down-town Cairo dressed as a full-on death metal fan (i.e., long black hair, long-sleeve Morbid Angel/Deicide t-shirts, and an overall grungy look). Then, in a sort of twisted reversal, I decided to walk the streets of New York's Times Square in the black garb of a fully veiled woman. The intense reactions I got in each case confirmed for me the potential of this project. Those experiences inspired me to channel the popular paranoid fantasy in which the fully veiled woman is wrought from a dark death metal world, full of serpents, skulls, demons and dark mountains. I hope that by reflecting back to the audience their paranoid fantasies, which totally oversimplify the reality of Middle Eastern and death metal culture, that my work will get them to question their own prejudices and sense of the extreme."

To preview photographs of the artists and artwork that will be on display during The Faceless event, click here.

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New Zyklon Audio Interview Online

Revolution-Music.dk conducted an interview with ZYKLON at the Roskilde Festival, which took place 5th -8th July in Roskilde, Denmark. You can download and listen to the audio file at this location.

ZYKLON is the Norwegian band featuring EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums). The group's third album, "Disintegrate," was released in May 2006 via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio in Norway and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Cynic Cancels Maryland Deathfest Appearance

Cynic has apparently backed out of their previous announced performance slated for this year's Maryland Deathfest. Here's a statement from festival organizers:

"The rumours going around about Cynic cancelling their appearance at Maryland Deathfest are true. As the organisers of the event, we will state everything that happened as accurately and as truthfully as possibly. All of the necessary steps to confirm Cynic through their agency were taken by us and they were confirmed on November 21, 2006 as the band agreed on our original offer. We were given a definite green light to announce Cynic on the MDF website also in November and all parties involved have known about the scheduled appearance of Cynic at the festival for 4 months.

Between December and March there were numerous attemps from our side to contact both the band directly as well as their agency, but each attempt resulted in absolutely no reply or further information given to us. Part of the agreement was that we would pay for the band's flights in advance, but we never even received a reply about it each time we tried contacting the band to arrange the flights. Finally we received a sign of life from Cynic's agency in March asking for us to complete some information fact sheet to help assist them in completing the contract accurately. Shortly after rumours started going around that the band will not be playing the festival as we were not the first people to be informed of such an issue. After writing both the band and agency to get some kind of explanation about what is going on, we still have not received a legit reason and the band didn't even offer a personal message to deliver to the fans who have planned to travel to the festival to see them. They simply forwarded us an e-mail from their agency that said, "unfortunately Cynic will not be playing the festival". We received a very vague answer on the phone from their agency that was simply a waste of time and the agency acted like they don't know why the band is cancelling. We don't believe that one bit, so at this point we don't even care to know the real reason that the band cancelled.

We'll leave it to the fans of Cynic to formulate their own opinion about the matter. An agreement was made by all parties 4 months ago, the green light was given to announce the band, but they suddenly cancel 2 months before the festival without a legit explanation. The lack of communication by both the band and agency is extremely frustrating for us and not how we prefer to deal with any band that performs at MDF. We aren't magicians or psychics and can only report the facts about what happened from our side. We understand that some people will be extremely frustrated by this news and you can believe us that we are just as frustrated as anyone. If you want to express your displeasure regarding this issue, please direct it to the band and not us as this has nothing to do with how we handled everything.

As a result of the cancellation, one additional band will be confirmed in the near future. It will not be a band of headlining status and we anticipate pushing up Zyklon one space to headline the second night. Stay tuned for more on that."

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Zyklon Announces UK Dates With Blood Tsunami

Norwegian black metallers ZYKLON have updated their MySpace page to announce the following UK dates with BLOOD TSUNAMI and DEAD BEYOND BURIED:

8 - London, England at Underworld
9 - Manchester, England at The Academy
10 - Sheffield, England at Corporation
11 - Glasgow, Scotland at Cathouse
12 - Leeds, England at Rio's

Zyklon released their latest album, Disintegrate, through Candlelight in May, 2006.

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Limbonic Art Resurface

Symphonic black metal masters LIMBONIC ART have returned from the dead! On 06.06.06, the group's two members, Daemon and Morfeus, decided to recurrect the band and have written and recorded a new album. The band has re-signed with Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records, and the comeback CD, entitled "Legacy of Evil", is set for release this summer. According to a press release, "LIMBONIC ART strike back with full force, more intense and malevolent than ever. This is a well-crafted black metal massacre, with heart and soul!' More...

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Maryland Deathfest Running Order Announced

The running order has been confirmed for this year's highly anticipated Maryland Deathfest V, which will take place on May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The running order is as follows: More...

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Zyklon Confirmed For Metalmania Festival in Poland

ZYKLON have been confirmed for Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland, which will take place on March 24th. Here are their confirmed festival appearances so far:

March 24 - (POL) Metalmania Festival, Katowice
May 26-27 - (USA) Maryland Deathfest, Sonar in Baltimore, MD
July 13-14 - (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air

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MetalUnderground.com Sponsors Hammerslag 2006 Fest

Metalunderground.com is once again sponsoring Norway's Hammerslag Vinterblot festival for the second year in a row. The festival, which is to take place on December 15 and 16, 2006, is a two-day showcase of extreme black, death and grind metal bands. Sponsorship of the Hammerslag Vinterblot festival fits with Metalunderground.com's mission of promoting underground heavy metal.

The two-day extreme metal festival, in its third year, takes place in Norway's oldest city, Tønsberg (est. 871). Friday night's show will be held at Rivals Rockpub and Saturday's at Eikhallen, a sports arena in Tønsberg. The Hammerslag Vinterblot festival features performances by some of Norway's best as well as underground black metal, death metal, thrash, grindcore and doom metal bands, boasting more than nine confirmed bands including Zyklon, Kampfar, Framferd, Cutthroat, Malsain, Sarkom, Abominat, Dead Man's Hand, and Pandemi with others in negotiation.

"Once again, we're happy to be part of the Hammerslag Festival and bring word of some excellent Norwegian and European extreme metal bands to our predominantly American readership," said Metalunderground.com owner Doug Gibson. "I'm even more excited this year to have a local journalist reporting directly from the festival for Metalunderground.com."

"Promotion of this event to an American audience benefits the Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival, the Norwegian Extreme Metal Scene, and metalheads alike," commented the festival's organizer, Bjørn Almar Rolstad Johansen. "We hope to bring the US and Europe closer together in the metal community so we can share all the great music being made in both continents. This year's festival is a much bigger production than in past years. The festival has outgrown the ancient church where it was held the past two years and has now moved to a bigger venue. We are thrilled that all of the hard work that has been put into Hammerslag is paying off and that this year we will be able to celebrate the darkest time of the year with even more metalheads."

Tickets for the Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival can be purchased at http://www.bilettservice.no/ or at the door.

In the coming weeks leading up to Hammerslag Vinterblot 2007, we'll be posting some interviews with these bands on the bill.

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Hammerslag Vinterblot 2006 Details Announced

Details for this year's Hammerslagfestival Vinterblot 2006 are solidifying. There are some changes to the location from last year - it will of course still be unleashed in Tønsberg, Norways oldest city, and it is still the old Norwegian heathen tradition that will be celebrated, but due to space problems it will form and take place at "Støperiet" (an old industrial hall used to cast iron), which has been modernised for concerts and theatrical shows. There will now be a bigger bar and lots of space for metalheads from around the world. "Støperiet" is placed across the canal in the heart of Tønsberg, where the majority of the City`s bars and hotels are located.

Hammerslag Fest will be opened in the bar "RIVALS" on Friday, December 15, 2006. There are still bands to be anounced, but so far deadmanshand (thrash-metal from Tønsberg/Oslo) and Pandemi have been confirmed to play the opening night with more bands to be announced.

Saturday, December 16's portion of the festival will be at held at "Støperiet" with the longest lineup ever:

FRAMFERD (local band,symphonic black metal)
DEAD MAN'S HAND (Norwegian thrash metal)
MALSAIN (Black/Dark Metal from Bergen)
SARKOM (Black metal)
CUTTHROAT (local Death/Grind/Doom Metal)
KAMPFAR (Black metal)
ZYKLON (Death metal)

Framferd is a well known band on Hammerslagfestival Vinterblot and the guys have promised to play some new material this year from the coming album in 2007 (this is not from the coming Djevelskap EP thats planed this fall).

You must be 18 or older to attend Hammerslag Vinterblot 2006. Tickets can be bought through www.bilettservice.no or at the door.

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Maryland Death Fest Announced

The fourth annual Maryland Death line up has been announced. The festival will take place May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The line up thus far is as follows:

ZYKLON (Norway)
PSYCROPTIC (Australia)
GUT (Germany)
GOROD (France)
ORIGIN (Kansas)
FOETOPSY (Wisconsin)
EXHALE (Sweden)

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Insomnium To Tour With Enslaved, Zyklon And 1349

Insomnium have announced that they will be opening up for Enslaved, Zyklon and 1349 in September. Tour dates are as follows:

Sep. 05 - The Village - Dublin, IRE
Sep. 07 - Colchester Arts Centre - Colchester, UK
Sep. 08 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
Sep. 09 - Garage - Glasgow, UK
Sep. 10 - Manchester Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
Sep. 11 - Carling Academy - Birmingham, UK
Sep. 12 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK

In other news, Insomnium will be releasing their upcoming album, "Above the Weeping World," on September 18 in Europe and October 17 in North America.

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