Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost, Triptykon) Honored With 2021 “Swiss Music Prize”

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost, Triptykon, etc.) was among the recipients of the 2021 “Swiss Music Prize.” The Swiss Federal Office Of Culture presented the musician with the award during a September 17 ceremony at Lugano’s Arte e Cultura (LAC) center.

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture commented:

“Tom Gabriel Warrior’s bands have played a significant role in music history and influenced musicians around the globe. A metal music pioneer, Warrior is an idol not just within the boundaries of the metal scene, and as an advocate for animal rights, he aims to provide a voice to those who don’t have one.”

Fisher added:

“Although I was very fortunate to be granted a loyal audience already early on in my career, not least in my native country of Switzerland, the local Swiss music industry and cultural institutions either ignored me or expressed derision for my music, and sometimes they even obstructed it. In their perception, it simply didn’t conform and wasn’t commercial enough. And indeed, my music was dark, experimental, and obstinate. But exactly due to these qualities, it was noticed abroad.

I do of course understand that receiving this prize is an honour, and I do feel grateful for it. But given that an inconceivable fourty years have passed since I first became a musician, this prize is also quite irrelevant to me by now. I have pursued my path regardless, without subordinating myself to any of the customary inbreeding rituals of the Swiss music scene, and without ever applying for any kind of cultural funding from the Swiss state or the relevant institutions.

The support granted to me throughout the years by the following individuals was absolutely essential, however, and my gratitude to them is limitless:

Antje Lange
Vanja Slajh
Alois Wendelin
Urs Sprenger
Maya Ghirardello
Martin Eric Ain
Michelle Fischer
H.R. Giger & Carmen Giger
Jörg Michael
Denise Mathieu
Corinne Kühne
Kathy Lenze

And there are many more.

Moreover, I would also like to express gratitude to those who do not kill animals, do not enslave them, and do not mistreat them, but instead respect and protect them. I bow to you.”

[via Triptykon’s Facebook]

1349, Nuclear, And Hellman Members Cover Celtic Frost’s “Usurper”

Archaon (1349), Seidemann, (1349), Matías Leonicio (Nuclear), Punto Sudy (Nuclear), and Felipe Ferrada Hellman have joined forces for a cover of Celtic Frost’s “Usurper.” You can check that out below:

Seideman commented:

“This version of the Celtic Frost classic doubles as a tribute to the legends themselves as well as a tribute to friendship and brotherhood. Metal music brings people from all over the world together and this combination of Nuclear and 1349 is no exception.”

Sudy added:

“We’re very pleased to pay tribute to one of the most influential acts in extreme metal history. This idea started as a simple chat in backstage when both bands were touring together in Europe. After that everything went black in pandemic and we put the things rolling to record the song and film this video. It was a real honour for us work alongside such talented musicians and cool guys.”

[via Metal Injection]

Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior Pens Foreword For New Book “USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal”

Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior has penned the foreword for a new black metal book titled “USBM: A Revolution Of Identity In American Black Metal.” The book, which can be pre-ordered HERE, is expected to be released in late November. Here’s a description of it:

“Over three years in the making, USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal is a 544-page hardcover book chronicling the stateside black metal movement via first-hand accounts from genre progenitors Von, Profanatica and Absu through revolutionary acts like Leviathan, Weakling and Xasthur to present day progressives Panopticon, Deafheaven and Wolves in the Throne Room, along with dozens more black metal musicians. Including hundreds of rare and never-before seen photos and a special foreword from extreme metal godfather Tom Gabriel Warrior (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost), USBM is a thorough and definitive tome from longtime Decibel contributor Daniel Lake.”

Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon, Etc.) Working On “Dark,” “Groovy,” And “Psychedelic” New Project

During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon, etc.) revealed that he is working on a new project. According to him, the band’s music will be “dark,” “groovy,” and “psychedelic.”

Warrior said the following:

“I used to be in a project called NIRYTH, but me and the drummer, for the same reason that we had to dismiss one person from TRIUMPH OF DEATH — and those are very, very important reasons, crucial reasons, that there was no way around it — and for the same reasons me and the drummer, Pidi Leuenberger, left NIRYTH. But, of course, we have worked for one and a half years on that material. We have recorded it, and we recorded with my own label — we financed that — so I own that material, and it’s very strong material, I believe; it’s some of the best material I’ve ever written. Actually, today we had a major conference call with Nuclear Blast, and we’re gonna change the material slightly and add three new songs and then release it as an album later this year. I feel very strong about this.”

“We left NIRYTH, and we left it to that person for what it’s worth. We wanted to have a clean start; we didn’t wanna have any bad feelings attached to it. So we formed a new band, and all the details will be made public very soon.”

“We would have done this already and we would have been in the studio already if there hadn’t been a lockdown. We were supposed to have a major recording session in Germany one and a half months ago, and also a photo session. So everything had to be canceled, because everything is international and there was no traveling. So that’s the impact of COVID-19. But we have rescheduled everything, so let’s see.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“It’s very dark music, but it’s not heavy metal. It’s not doom metal or something like that. It’s difficult to describe. It is heavy at times, it’s very groovy, it’s very psychedelic. Sometimes it’s floating almost, like PINK FLOYD. But it is very dark, very melodic, very mesmerizing and hypnotic.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Triptykon Share Video For Orchestral Performance Of Celtic Frost’s “Rex Irae”

Triptykon have shared footage of themselves performing Celtic Frost’s “Rex Irae” during their special orchestral set at last year’s Roadburn Festival. That set featured a three-part “Requiem” composed of “Rex Irae” off Celtic Frost’s “Into The Pandemonium,” “Winter” off Celtic Frost’s “Monotheist,” and the recently finished “Grave Eternal.” A live release featuring that performance, titled “Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019),“ was released today (May 15).

Twitching Tongues Release Cover Of Celtic Frost’s “Necromantical Screams”

Twitching Tongues have released a cover of Celtic Frost‘s “Necromantical Screams.“ The band said the following:

“For the quarantined we have a little treat from Twitching Tongues, a cover of Celtic Frost’s classsic “Necromantical Screams”. Recorded for release via a spooky metal mag, but the fine humans over there couldn’t clear the rights. Praise be to Tom G.”

Curt Victor Bryant (Ex-Celtic Frost) Pens Score For New Video Game “Valfaris”

Ex-Celtic Frost guitarist Curt Victor Bryant has penned the score for a new video game called “Valfaris.” That game will be released on Nintendo Switch and PC on October 10, PlayStation 4 on November 5, and Xbox One on November 8. Here’s a description of it:

“After mysteriously vanishing from galactic charts, the fortress of Valfaris has suddenly reappeared in the orbit of a dying sun. Once a self-contained paradise, the grandiose citadel now plays host to an ever-growing darkness. Therion, a fearless and proud son of Valfaris, returns to his home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the arcane evil at its very heart.”

[via The PRP]

Triptykon Planning “Requiem” Live Release, Working On New Album

Earlier this year, Triptykon played a special orchestral set at the Roadburn Festival featuring a three-part “Requiem” composed of “Rex Irae” off Celtic Frost’s “Into The Pandemonium,” “Winter” off Celtic Frost’s “Monotheist,” and the recently finished “Grave Eternal.” Tom G. Warrior has since confirmed that the show was recorded and that a new live release will surface next year. On top of that, he also revealed that Triptykon are working on a new album.

Warrior told Metal Shop TV the following:

“Finally Triptykon is showing signs of life. I admit it’s all my fault. I’ve been involved with so many things and I’ve also had to take care of some private things in my life in recent years. We have been mixing the ‘Requiem‘, the live recording of Celtic Frost/Triptykon‘s ‘Requiem‘. We have finished mixing it. I have submitted all the artwork.

It’s going to be released early next year as a very lavish gatefold album with many extras and bonus materials and so on. It will be a very beautiful release. Of course, it’s a stopgap release. The actual Triptykon studio album, we are working on it. I’m working on various songs. We will rehearse those songs later this year in Switzerland. We plan on recording this album in the next months in 2020, and release it hopefully later next year if all goes well. There should be two Triptykon albums finally within maybe one year.”

[via Metal Injection]

Tom G. Warrior Slams Metallica For Their Celtic Frost Covers: “It Was Humiliating”

As you may recall, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett previously performed Celtic Frost’s “The Usurper” and “Procreation Of The Wicked” as part of their nightly “doodle” segment. However, during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior slammed the band for the covers, saying they were “humiliating.”

Warrior said the following:

“They butchered it, and it was humiliating. Why don’t they leave their millionaire fingers off it? They’ve long lost the ability to play true metal in my opinion. Maybe I should go onstage and do a really miserable version of ‘Hit The Lights’ with, like, 200 mistakes to set the balance.”

He also went on to slam James Hetfield for his interest in hunting:

“This is completely personal, and I know probably the majority of your readers will not share this feeling, but even if they had done a fantastic job, I could puke all over it because I don’t support people who go hunting bears for a hobby. I cannot respect a person like that, even if it’s a genius musician.”

High On Fire Digitally Release “Bat Salad” EP

High On Fire have officially released their “Bat Salad” EP in digital outlets. The effort was previously only available on 12” vinyl as part of this year’s Record Store Day. In addition to the title track, the EP also includes covers of Celtic Frost‘s “Into The Crypts of Rays” and Bad Brains‘ “Don’t Bother Me.“