Are You Morbid?: Into the Pandemonium of Celtic Frostby Thomas Gabriel Fischer
Cited as an influence by the linkes of Nirvana, Metallica and Marilyn Manson, Celtic Frost created awesomely heavy sounds with an art-rock sensibility inspired by the likes of Roxy Music and Dead Can Dance. But despite establishing themselves alongside bands like Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth among the underground thrash metal elite, they took metal experimentation to new heights and were credited by Kerrang! magazine with producing "the most avant-garde album that will ever be released".
Written by founder member and band leader Tom Gabriel Fischer, Are You Morbid? is a candid account of life in the "rock circus". From record company fights to band splits, backstage decadence to studio disasters, every glorious, hilarious and embarrassing story is told, taking readers into the pandemonium that was Celtic Frost.
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While being mostly ignored by mainstream sources like MTV for most of the 80's Celtic Frost rise in the Thrash Metal underground came quite quickly. To this day, their LP-'Morbid Tales' is some of the most scary sounding stuff on vinyl metallers had heard since the first Sabbath album decades ago. Thomas Fischer(aka Tom Warrior) chronicles the dedication and hard work it took to get his legendary power trio off of the ground. While being both an account of events as well as a defence of his reputation, 'Are You Morbid' comes across as a fresh, and humble memoir of Thrash history. Probably the most surprising and unbelievable fact of the story that Tom himself never drank nor used drugs (somewhat amazing for the genre) but was simply a serious musician. Warrior begins describing his humble origins in Switzerland and goes through painstaking evaluations of his psychological make-up. The story takes off from there on an amazing ride that is hard to put down. Quite priceless here also is the sheer fact that it is a record of the Thrash scene at its peak and is full of anecdotes that real fans can appreciate. Most certainly, Warrior himself is an intellectual and one willing to criticize himself for the personnel decisions and questionable artistic choices which plagued the mighty Frost. Nevertheless, he has made it clear and had proven that Celtic was not to be sent 'into Oblivion.' As Celtic Frost return for a re-union in 2002 people will enjoy this journey 'Beyond the North Winds.'