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Celtic Frost To Reform For Wacken Festival?!
Toby Cook , March 14th, 2014 11:19

Legendary Swiss metallers offered €100,000 to perform at German metal fest in July/August

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Unexpected reformations are nothing new, especially in metal, yet few seem more unlikely than another regrouping of Swiss extreme metal legends Celtic Frost. And, for the moment at least, it looks set to stay that way, despite them being offered vast sums of cash to do so, according to former guitarist and vocalist Tom G Warrior.

Speaking to the Quietus recently, ahead of the April release of his current band Triptykon's new LP, Warrior revealed: "Two-and-a-half weeks ago I was actually offered €100,000 (£83,510) for a one hour show at Wacken as Celtic Frost – Martin (Eric Ain, original bassist) and me being the main two; they said it wouldn't matter who was playing drums or second guitar, as long as Martin and me would put Celtic Frost on stage at Wacken.

"And my response to them? The same as the one I gave you: It's a joke. So the answer's no.

"I invested an immeasurable amount of time, creativity and personal money into resurrecting Celtic Frost, and in the end it ended really badly. I don't regret that I did it, but I'm not keen to set myself up for yet another huge disappointment and have it all end again in such a huge crash… I'm not keen to shoot myself in the face again. I would've loved to continue it, but it was impossible."

Despite emphatically putting paid to any notion of a Celtic Frost reunion, Warrior did go on to reveal that he is still proud of what the band managed to achieve during their last reunion, and suggested that were they ever to reconvene it would have to be for the right reasons, saying: "I think it's perfectly legitimate to reform a band; heavy metal is now becoming an older genre, many bands have been together for a long time and sometimes it's very necessary to split up – it can be a positive thing. If I think back to Celtic Frost, it was overdue that we split up. In the eighties, even, it was perhaps overdue – maybe we should've split even earlier. But, it was also very good when we came back, so I think it can be a legitimate thing.

"However, when you resurrect a band because a cheque is looming from your management or a record label or whoever, maybe it's better to leave it alone. We didn't want money to be the incentive. We worked for five and-a-half years [on 2006 comeback album Monotheist] until we had the feeling that it sounded like the album that we wanted to make, that we should have made. Then we released it, financed again by ourselves, and we licensed it. We never became slaves; we never did it for money. So, then, I think we can say that it was a success on another level too, despite how the band ultimately ended."

Keep an eye on the Quietus for a full-length, feature interview with Tom G Warrior, coming up in the next few weeks.

Triptykon's second album, Melana Chasmata, is due for release on April 14 via Century Media

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Danny C
Mar 18, 2014 11:46am

Fair play to Tom. I think he's right that reunions can be legitimate sometimes, when it's for the right reasons. Some people poo-poo every reunion and write it off as a money-grabbing scheme, but like he says, they worked on Monotheist over 5 years until they knew it would be killer. They could have rush-released something half-arsed to make a quick buck, but they didn't. I'd love to see them live again, but only if the magic is really there. I saw At the Drive In's reunion show in London in 2012, and as great as the performance was, you could tell from his body language that Omar had absolutely no desire to be there, and it spoiled an otherwise great occasion.

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