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Tom Warrior Calls "Cold Lake" Album "Probably The Worst Album Ever Created In Heavy Music"

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Metalsucks.net recently sat down with Thomas Gabriel Fisher, a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior, to discuss the dissolution of Celtic Frost, his new band Triptykon, and more. Here's an excerpt:

Metalsucks: I’m a fan of the Cold Lake album. It’s good for what it is, even though it’s not what fans might want from Celtic Frost. How did that album come about?

Thomas: You want me to explain that in a few minutes? This is such an absolutely complex process that led to an album so terrible. It’s absolutely impossible to explain.

Metalsucks: So you’re not a fan of the album?

Thomas: I am extremely happy about this album in a way that, at least I have done the absolute worst I could possibly ever do in my entire lifetime – I’ve done that. So no matter how much I’m going to fail in the future, I will never sink that low again. No matter how many missteps and mistakes. Cold Lake is the absolute lower limit of whatever can come from my mind. So there it is, at least one positive thing that can come from it. It’s probably the worst album ever created in heavy music. I’m not saying that to be cynical. This is my honest opinion. I have to live with this. But I was the only guy from Celtic Frost, so I bear full responsibility, regardless of the facts behind it. And I’m accepting that responsibility. I’m not a coward. It is an utter piece of shit, and that’s not crass enough to describe it.

Metalsucks: So what did you learn from that experience?

Thomas: I have analyzed this album many times, believe me. And I have analyzed myself, why this happened, and what was wrong in my fucking mind? There’s many conclusions from that, and they’re very personal. In a nutshell, when I’m happy, I guess I cannot write the music that people love me for, that I’m known for. I was extremely happy at the time. I had found a wonderful woman. I had asked her to marry me. She said yes. I was completely detached from the world. I didn’t care what happened in the studio. I let other people run the show. My life was many miles removed from what it had been when my life was sheer desperation. So I think when I create something in happiness, it’s deeply flawed. I am happy when I’m unhappy, I guess.

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8 Comments on "Tom Warrior Slams Celtic Frost's 'Cold Lake' Album"

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1. b.bristowe writes:

My god what a whiner.

# Mar 26, 2010 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

There's a lot to be said for honesty and being man enough to admit when you've fvcked up. I think Tom is spot on when he said "when I’m happy, I guess I cannot write the music that people love me for, that I’m known for". It's really hard to write heavy dark music when you're happy.

# Mar 26, 2010 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hellrat writes:

dude, bristowe....actually quite the OPPOSITE of whining

whining involves finger pointing and disassociation with responsibility....a victim mentality (personal endeavor comprimised by circumstance 'beyond control', and often at the 'fault' of others), etc. and so forth....

TGW is saying---I AM THE ONE who f***ed this up, there's no one to blame but yours truly...I am NOT making excuses, but at the interveiwer's request, I will do my best to explain where I was coming from on that piece of sh!t---

Like Greed said....takes a man with an set of cojones to make such an admission----there's plenty of real whining in 'metal', but it sure as hell ain't right here

thanks

# Mar 26, 2010 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Cold Lake was a turd of an album, and I loves me Celtic Frost. Love Tom's interviews, I can always relate to what he has to say.

# Mar 26, 2010 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathfreak writes:

Cold Lake was not that bad. It was just different.
As for tom at least he admits It was his fault. He could have just pointed the finger at someone and blame them.
The Triptykon album is wicked sick as well.

# Mar 26, 2010 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jackrum writes:

Trypticon is a damn good album

# Mar 27, 2010 @ 6:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. frankmkonce writes:

may that be a lesson to all of you aspiring musicians.
i always wondered how and why 'cold lake' was made.
are you morbid?

# Mar 27, 2010 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BoltThrower writes:

Cold Lake was about the most poser album of all-time. Warrior is one of the ugliest MFers that ever lived and he teased his hair and put on makeup to follow the whole glam movement. He's right to call it a turd of an album. It is the epitome of selling out.

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