Tom Warrior Calls "Cold Lake" Album "Probably The Worst Album Ever Created In Heavy Music"
Band Photo: Celtic Frost (?)
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.
You can read the entire interview at this location.
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