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Walk On In Darkness: Tom G Warrior's 13 Favourite LPs
Jimmy Martin , September 20th, 2017 09:46

Tom G Warrior of Celtic Frost, Triptykon and Hellhammer speaks to Jimmy Martin about the elements that fed his nightmare kaleidoscope, from Quincy Jones to Venom, Roxy Music to the 'Sisters and 'Sabbath


Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
I know Emerson, Lake & Palmer later became a joke because of their pompous and narcissistic music, arrangements and production. They were very preposterous at times, but in a way that also fascinated me: they just didn't give a toss. I got Tarkus in the mid-1970s, an album that's musically limitless. Of course it's very indulgent, but it's also fantastic musicianship, far beyond anything I could ever do. The most influence Emerson, Lake & Palmer had on me was that they frequently worked with classical instrumentation, and I loved that. It completely fascinated me, and I began trying to incorporate that in Celtic Frost - even on Morbid Tales, where there's a brief violin section, but of course much more on later albums and even into Triptykon. It's a lifelong influence that's derived from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Tarkus to me is probably their best album.