Posted in metal | music on April 10, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

Tom Warrior, EX-Celtic Frost

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka Tom "Warrior"has announced that he is leaving experimental black metal pioneers Celtic Frost, the band he formed with Martin Eric Ain in the wake of Hellhammer's dissolution. From TGF's blog:

I have always seen the Monotheist album as a mere beginning, and a tame one at that......... Celtic Frost had become the unreserved focus of my life for the second time. I was looking forward immeasurably to working on the next Celtic Frost album. To me, it needed to be darker, heavier, and more experimental than "Monotheist".

And yet, Celtic Frost consisted of three individuals, and I was only one of them. In the end I had to concede to myself that there was no other option.

My friendship with and respect for Martin Eric Ain remain unaffected. Moreover, I am in the process of assessing my options to eventually complete, record, and release some of the ideas I originally created for Celtic Frost and the planned next album in the course of the past few years, and to take our distinctive music out on the road again.

There is no way back.

His departure comes as a shock in light of the amazing reception Celtic Frost has received from recent touring and their awesome, critically acclaimed comeback album from 2006, Monotheist.

Even Ted Leo and Dave Grohl are fans! (Fischer can also be found on Grohl's metal side project, Probot.

Hellhammer recently cleansed their archives with the release of Demon Entrails. No word on the status of Monotheist Companion.

1349 perfoming Celtic Frost's "The Usurper" with Thomas Gabriel Fischer at the Inferno Festival 2008

Celtic Frost - "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh" from Monotheist

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Comments (8)

its a sad day

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 11:46 AM

Sucks, cause they were on the comeback trail.

It also sucks when the issues aren't personal, but musical.

Posted by Reg! | April 10, 2008 11:49 AM

Ted Leo and Dave Grohl are fans??? I guess I care now

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 12:14 PM

This is truly a dark day in history. Generations from now many will recall in hushed and mournful tones about what they were doing when they heard the news that Tom Warrior had left Celtic Frost.

Posted by Jerry Koffman | April 10, 2008 12:21 PM

where is Rikki Rachtman when you need him?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 12:22 PM

This band was huge in the metal, punk, goth, and crust communities pre-"Cherry Orchards". I think the TL and DG reference is just to show how reaching their influence truly was.

Just because you don't know them doesnt mean they arent important.

INTO THE CRYPT OF RAYS!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 12:32 PM

Definitely not the kind of news I wanted to hear.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 1:47 PM

"Just because you don't know them doesnt mean they arent important."

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Only the bands I know are important. Don't you fucking know that??? I can't wait for an update on how Helloween and Overkill are doing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 2:08 PM

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