Roadburn Adds Nineteen More Bands, Weekend Tickets Are Moving Fast

Roadburn 2019 is coming next April and continues to build momentum as one of the best editions in memory. With Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) curating, the lineup continues to evolve with the specialness Roadburn is known for. Now added to the bill are SUMAC, Young Widows playing Old Wounds, Crippled Black Phoenix (official), Cave, Emma Ruth Rundle, Lingua Ignota, Soft Kill Playing Savior & Heresy, Jaye Jayle, Fear Falls Burning Dirk Serries, Treha Sektori, Throane, O V T R E N O I R, Sherpa Playing Tigris And Euphrates, and a label collaboration with EXILE ON MAINSTREAM will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with Ostinato, Noisepicker, Conny Ochs, Treedeon, Bellrope and Confusion Master at the Hall of Fame venue. Continue reading

Roadburn Announces Tom G. Warrior’s Celtic Frost/Triptykon Requiem For 2019

In a stunning announcement former Roadburn artist and curator Thomas Gabriel Fischer, a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior will mark his return to Roadburn in 2019 with a full performance of Celtic Frost/Triptykon Requiem on Friday, April 12. The three-part Requiem comes complete with orchestral accompaniment via Dutch Metropole Orkest! More details below. The first part of the three-part Requiem appeared on Celtic Frost’s Into The Pandemonium and was titled Rex Irae. The third part, titled Winter was brought to life on the Celtic Frost album Monotheist in 2006, and until now, the missing second part has remained incomplete. Continue reading

Thomas Gabriel Fischer Breaks His Arm, In Recovery Until Late Summer

Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon announced on his blog that he was assaulted randomly and broke his right arm. He is in considerable pain and inconvenience since he is right-handed. This news was on the same day the band was announced for the Decibel Magazine Metal And Beer Festival: Los Angeles edition this December, booked to perform a special all Celtic Frost setlist. According to Fischer, the injury will prevent him from playing guitar until late summer. Triptykon is still working on the follow-up release to 2014’s Melana Chasmata, released via Prowling Death/Century Media Records. Get well soon Tom!  Continue reading

Thomas Gabriel Fischer Pens Heartfelt Tribute To Martin Eric Ain

Graber-Smoke

Early last week we had to report the passing of metal legend Martin Eric Ain, co-founder of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. Ain’s partner in Celtic Frost, Thomas Gabriel Fischer has written a loving memory for his fallen friend. Continue reading

Martin Eric Ain, Co-Founder of Celtic Frost, Dead At Age 50

Graber-Smoke

The metal world lost another great one today as news has come down that Martin Eric Ain, influential musician and composer for two of the most influential bands to exist, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, has passed away from an apparent heart attack in Switzerland. He was 50 years old. Ain’s close friend Jan Graber reported that Ain’s death was sudden and he had no known illnesses. Continue reading

Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion, Into The Pandemonium, Vanity/Nemesis, Innocence & Wrath REISSUES

While most Thrash fans during the ’80s were concentrating on the burgeoning scenes in the US, Germany, and to a lesser extent, the UK, bands from a number of other, slightly less fashionable, countries were also getting in on the act. Sepultura were a first glimpse of Brazilian Thrash, Canada gave us Annihilator, Razor, and Voivod, Australian act Mortal Sin looked set to make it big for a while, while the terminally underrated Artillery arrived from Denmark. Continue reading

Celtic Frost Delve Into The Crypts… Details of Classic Reissues Announced

Continuing their programme of re-releasing the seminal works of German metal label Noise Records, BMG turn their attention next to the founders of Avantgarde Metal, and one of the greatest and most influential bands in the history of heavy music, Celtic FrostContinue reading

Vincent Castiglia Talks About Sanguine Spring, H.R. Giger, Slayer, And More

World-renowned artist and tattooist Vincent Castiglia has carved out a reputation as one of the most creative and fascinating figures in the world. His new exhibition Sanguine Spring is currently running at the Salem Art Gallery at the Satanic Temple in Salem Mass through the end of the month. Combining sculture, paintings, and other works, this exhibit represents some of his most varied and forward-thinking collections yet. We caught up with Vincent in his studio to discuss the exhibit, his creative process, the lasting influence of H.R. Giger, working with artists like Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost, Tryptykon) and Gary Holt (Slayer) and much more. Video production and gallery photos by Lisa Schuchmann for Ghost Cult.

Continue reading

The Darkness Within Part II- Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon

Triptykon Verftet 210214-7417

Outside of all his musical achievements, Triptykon’s Thomas Gabriel Fischer has managed to forge a more stable life for himself. Following a tricky divorce in 2004 the front man has formed a new group, got engaged to girlfriend Corinne Kühne and seems more at peace with himself than ever. The calm yet driven figure is certainly a world away from the demon with the kohl smeared eyes and rasping vocals which is unleashed upon the stage. In spite of all this positivity, Fischer experienced a tragedy in the death of his mentor, the great artist H.R. Giger, famed for his work inspiring the Alien movies. Visibly moved by the mention of Giger’s name, he recounts the influence the artist had upon him. “I am now assisting his widow who is managing his estate. I am still working for the museum, his sculptures are being manufactured and there was a documentary film which was released about him recently. His death was a great tragedy and I miss him very much. I am close to his circle of friends and I was honoured when they asked me to stay on after his passing. His absence is felt every day and I feel his presence even though I know he is gone. A lot of people know him for Alien, but that was just a fraction of his personality. He was a very generous and warm hearted person and you could talk about him about any topic. He was a very inspiring person. He was very shy and uncomfortable with the honours people bestowed upon him. I had to tell him what he meant to me and what he did for Celtic Frost and Triptykon.”

Looking to the future, while Fischer seems very comfortable with his own mortality, he intends to forge ahead with Triptykon’s work. “I see us all as perishing goods. I don’t feel it is so important that I make my mark on the world before I go. Should I live long enough I will make many more albums. I am writing the new material now and have a very definite idea of how I want it to sound. I started writing it six months ago and H.R. Giger and I worked on the album cover when he was still alive. I am honoured that this album will be the last to feature a cover by H.R. Giger! The new album will be more straightforward than Melana…. more raw and crunchy. I have always wanted to make the album that Hellhammer have never done. I am not sure if that is possible with Triptykon but let’s see what we can do!”

Triptykon-Melana-Chasmata-400x400

Tom is often portrayed by the media as being a shadowy, bleak figure yet behind this façade lurks a sense of black humour which has clearly seen him through the dark times. When describing his future plans, Fischer is keen to point out he has achieved all he could dream of in music but it is clear that the dark riff lord’s work is far from over. “Spring will be spent rehearsing in earnest. If I die before the next albums are released then my fellow young musicians will get rich beyond their wildest dreams! Century Media are always asking me to promote the record but my death would be perfect! We could put out a boxset with my ashes inside! We could pulverize the remainder of my diabetes medicine and include that too. Sooner or later it will end but if I am here we will do more albums. I detest the capitalist culture and greed that has harmed this planet. I am grateful I have got to make thirteen albums and tour the world. To want more would be egotistical.”

 

Triptykon on Facebook

WORDS BY ROSS BAKER

The Darkness Within – Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon

Triptykon 04It was an extremely difficult album to make. Melana Chasmata (Century Media) is a much more personal, sombre and intimate album than our debut. Several drastic changes in our private lives all happened during its conception.” Thomas Gabriel Fischer is a polite and charming gentleman with no air of pretention. Countless musicians have waxed lyrical on their personal demons, yet when Thomas does so; it is with disarming sincerity and conviction. Continue reading