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Ex-Celtic Frost Mainman Tom Fischer Faces Name Disupute Over The Alias "Warrior"

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Legendary metal frontman Tom Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior), who founded the bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Apollyn Sun and most recently, Triptykon, has been sent an email requesting he cease using his long time alias "Tom Warrior." A message from Fischer reads as follows:

"Late one night in May of 1982, bassist/singer Urs Sprenger and I founded HELLHAMMER and adopted the stage names Steve Warrior and Tom Gabriel Warrior. I still use that name - in parallel with my actual surname - as I have done on and off for 27 years. In many ways, it has become synonymous with significant parts of my life and work, and it is the name our audiences invariably call me.

"This week, I received the following e-mail to my personal MySpace account:

"From: WARRIOR, America’s Rock Band

Date: March 17, 2009, 3:07 AM

Subject: Hi, I'm Tad donley

We own the international trademark for the word Warrior for selling of recordings and public performances. I suggest you pick another name for your band or their could be some litigation soon which includes payment. It's strictly business, not trying to be harsh. I'm the owner of the trademark. Another band changed their name to warryor. You can check us out at www.myspace.com/warriorrocks. Been together since 1985.

Wish you the best.

Tad Donley"

"Besides trying to block my use of the name Warrior, Mr Donley apparently has also found God, as detailed in the article Tad's Journey Back From Hell in the Testimonials section of his group's state-of-the-art website."

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Joel-from-MetalManic's avatar

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GO AMERICA!

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

That's utterly retarded. So if Death had trademarked their name, no other band could use the word "death" in their name, right? That's not quite how it works. The idiot obviously couldn't even get myspace.com/warrior after having the name for 25 years.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

If you read the bio and stuff aswell, he's hardly even used the name. Plus since Tom has used the name for 27 years, why bother? My guess is he thinks Tom is loaded and wants the money. I can't think of any other reason.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ar writes:

Tad Donley seems to be a c***.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ar writes:

Censorship, nice.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Analguest writes:

f*** this sh**, "strictly about business" motherf***er dieeeeeeeeeee

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. utoad9 writes:

Check out this douchebag's "state of the art website". Its laughable. Tom Fischer uses "Warrior" as an alias, not a band name, so I'm not sure this Tad jerk has a case. I believe I would have to call his bluff on this one. As for finding god...give me a break! Another xtian acting x-like....

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. xFiruath writes:

That is one truly ugly website. I didn't make it through the whole testimonial but I found it rather humorous how, with the exception of the cocaine, his story sounds like what pretty much everyone does in their college years.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, I had to laugh at the "state of the art website" bit once I actually saw it. Welcome to 1995! As a professional web developer, it disgusts me on so many levels.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 4:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. payko526 writes:

So wait, TGW has put out *consults wikipedia* 8 albums by 4 different bands in 27 years, where in 25 years "Warrior" has put out... 1. Working on 2.

Warrior doesn't have a case. They claim formation in 1985, a full year after Morbid Tales was released. TGW was credited in the liner as Tom G. Warrior, I will assume, so there goes your case.

Oh, and why does "WARRIOR, America’s Rock Band" wear Scottish warpaint?

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. payko526 writes:

plus, what about the L.A. band Warrior, formed in 1983? Wiki links to them, not WARRIOR, America’s Rock Band.

and yes, I do love that phrase.
WARRIOR, America’s Rock Band
WARRIOR, America’s Rock Band

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Cynic writes:

Excellent points payko - yes you'd think before they sent such a moronic letter that they'd bother to check out how long the man has been around for.

Seriously, what sort of guy thinks he can mess with TGW anyway?! -
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# Mar 19, 2009 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. dontbombme writes:

Does this tad donley guy even know who tom g warror is? That webpage and all the photos of Warrior are retarded. Tad Donleys little band looks like a f***in Joke.

# Mar 19, 2009 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Fuck_A_Name writes:

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!

HAR-HAR-HAR.

but most of all, LOL

State of the art website my ass. that looked more like a ten-year olds cheap parody of a "Kiss" fansite. the only thing I thought was awesome was the fact that when I hit the "back" button on my browser, his website did a "fade" back into this website, instead of just reloading this page. However, it was only awesome because I like things that are exageratingly stupid.

but really. lol@ cynics link. It's amazing how pathetic titanic metal legends look when they're teenagers.

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# Mar 20, 2009 @ 12:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

"I want a walmart girl"?

^That pretty much sums up the band.

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 4:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Blindgreed1 writes:

The lyrics to "Walmart Girl" are absolutely laughable. I couldn't bring myself to listen to it, but reading it was quite humorus. Tad seems to be "one of those guys" that uses the proceeds from his recording studio to fuel his little side project. Living proof that having the toy's doesn't make you a musician. I can't imagine that Tom is taking this guy seriously. Hell, I can't even figure out if TAD takes himself seriously.

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. InfernoNecrosis writes:

All I have to say is: LOL WTF.

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. americanpatriot1 writes:

Actually, if this band took themselves that seriously, they wouldn't put the word "rocks" behind their band name. Anytime you do that, my bullsh** detector let's me know that you are a sub-par hack band that never amounted to anything, but is totally convinced that your "big break" is right around the corner. You know, one of those "All we need is the right exec to show up at our gig" guys.

NP: Paradise Lost= Say Just Words

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Diamond Oz writes:

To be a bit more fair to Mr. Donley, I don't think he can afford a really plush website and it's a little tight to rip on him about it. But then again, he shouldn't be taking himself seriously enough to challenge Tom Fischer over his alias that he doesn't even use anymore. I reckon there might be a little bit of a religious motive here aswell since he's a born again Christian and Celtic Frost don't exactly have a history of saying nice things about God. Overall, you don't f*** with Tom Fischer.

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 1:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. LordAssenfroth writes:

wow its like the 80's took a sh** and 20 years later were just now getting a wiff.

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. brandedcfh420 writes:

hey mr "DONGley", why dont you go rape your mother in the face! all you are doing is trying to get some lawsuit over something that you have no case to begin with!

TOM G. WARRIOR WILL OWN YOU BEFORE THIS IS OVER. SAY YOUR WEAK A$$ PRAYERS TO YOUR FEEBLE SICK DEGENARATE GOD!!

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. LordAssenfroth writes:

i think i found the answer to this guys stupidity, while reading the Tad's Story from hell i came upon this...

"But little did anybody know, also in 1987, I was introduced to crack cocaine."

# Mar 20, 2009 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. BoltThrower writes:

This is such nonsense that I wonder why the artist formerly known as Tom Warrior would even think twice about it and offer an excuse. I would have sent Donley a two letter response and not even bother with punctuation: fu

# Mar 21, 2009 @ 9:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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