Posted in books | metal | music | tour dates on June 7, 2010

by BBG

Only Death is Real

Only Death is Real is the extensive history of Thomas Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer, Eric Martin Ain, Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost:

[Only Death Is Real] combines hundreds of unseen early Hellhammer and Celtic Frost photos with a vast treasure trove of artwork and memorabilia. A substantial written component by Fischer details his upbringing on the outskirts of Zurich, Switzerland, and the hardships and triumphs he faced bringing the visions of his groundbreaking bands Hellhammer and eventually Celtic Frost to reality.

Without question Only Death Is Real goes farther than any other source in exploring the origins of underground heavy metal.... the written chapters combine Tom Fischer's often shocking stories with lengthy quotes from Martin Eric Ain and the other main Hellhammer members, explaining in intimately human terms how extreme metal was born.

For a fan of any of those bands it's a killer look (in photo and verbal history) into the mind of the band. It also details the pre-Hellhammer days and Tom Warrior's early band Grave Hill.

Though I can't really confirm that the name of Tom Warrior's band was their inspiration, I do know that the current band named Gravehill (one word), from the bleak stretches of California, toil in some of the same murky waters as Hellhammer. The old-school death metal team are on the road with Cardiac Arrest and HOD, and will team up with Philadelphia's Gorephobia for an NYC show at Fontana's on July 13th. They hit Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ one day earlier.

Cardica Arrest's Haven For The Insane impacts on June 8th on Ibex Moon. Gravehill's Rites Of The Pentagram is out NOW via the same label.

Full Gravehill dates and some videos are below...

Gravehill - Murder

GRAVEHILL 4/24/09 @ Plan B Portland,OR

GRAVEHILL, CARDIAC ARREST, HOD - 2010 TOUR DATES
Jul 2 2010 Plan B Portland, OR
Jul 3 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, CA
Jul 4 2010 the BLVD los angeles, ca
Jul 5 2010 THE DRUNKIN' LASS PRESCOTT, AZ
Jul 7 2010 BEERLAND AUSTIN, TX
Jul 8 2010 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
Jul 9 2010 NITECAP CHICAGO, IL
Jul 10 2010 Belvedere's Lounge PITTSBURGH, PA
Jul 11 2010 JIMMY'S PLACE ALLENTOWN, PA
Jul 12 2010 Dingbatz Clifton, NJ
Jul 13 2010 FONTANA'S BAR NEW YORK CITY, NY
Jul 14 2010 MELODY INN INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Jul 15 2010 THE BUCCANNEER Memphis, TN
Jul 16 2010 DOWNTOWN MUSIC LITTLE ROCK, AR
Jul 17 2010 WALTER'S HOUSTON, TX
Jul 18 2010 THE TEN ELEVEN SAN ANTONIO, TX

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Comments (8)

Long live the black metal kings Hellhammer. "Massacra" is one of my all time favorite songs.

Posted by Heavy Street | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM

Looks like a cheery book!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:23 PM

lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:40 PM

i know that dude is gay.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 3:05 PM

I propose the ultimate badass death metal achievement of all time: all death metal band members form two long lines, face each other, aim guns point blank in each others faces, and fire. Then they would get to murder someone (if they haven't already, otherwise they could add to their body count), they would get to be murdered, and there would be blood and brains all over the place, not to mention stacks of dead bodies.

Oh wait, it's all an abstract artistic statement, I forgot :)

Posted by Lori Baily | June 7, 2010 3:28 PM

I wish death metal would die already.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 3:52 PM

Is that the singer from Yeasayer?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 4:38 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 7:47 AM

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