T-Mobile-Music.pl conducted an interview with former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior after TRIPTYKON‘s June 1, 2012 performance at Metalfest at Zalew Sosina in Jaworzno, Poland. You can now watch the chat below.
On TRIPTYKON‘s forthcoming DVD:
Tom: “It’s a very ambitious project. It’s not just a live DVD, it’s a concert film. It’s also an expensive project and we’re working on it. It’s definitely a plan that we wanna realize, but I can’t give you a definite release date yet. But we are working on it — very definitely — and eventually it’s gonna happen. And there’s also a second DVD in the planning.
“There’s a million projects, but sometimes you have to be a little patient.
“I don’t like to do quick things; I like to do things right and to do them appropriately. To me, what counts is not the speed, what counts is the quality of the product, and sometimes quality takes a little more work.”
On TRIPTYKON‘s current lineup:
Tom: “Right now we are so happy to be in this lineup; this lineup has already worked together for almost four years. So we all hope that it’s gonna stay like this. We are four very different people — we have different ages, different lives. Hopefully, we will develop together, so we can stay together for a long time; we all want that. But, you know, life is unpredictable. But I can tell you: yes, we love playing in this band and in this lineup — very much so. All four of us are very close friends.”
On being considered an extreme-metal “icon”:
Tom: “I’m a human being. I mean, what’s different about me? That’s a huge word, and [people] put that on me all the time. But I come from a very simple background. I grew up extremely poorly, I was abused, I had to fight violence. I had no connections, no friends or whatever.
“HELLHAMMER was formed in a tiny little village with nothing — no talent, no contacts, no money, no nothing. And I remember that very, very well — every day. So I don’t see what should make me an icon. I’ve just been very lucky to create music and that people listen to my music. And if anything, it’s the people out there, the audience like today, that makes a band an icon, but certainly not the musicians. You can play all the music that you want, if nobody listens to it… It’s the fans, it’s the audience that makes a band big, or makes a band special.
“I hate when musicians walk around — and there’s one or two bands on this festival, too, that I know personally — I hate when it gets to their heads and they think they’re geniuses or whatever, because it’s not true. It’s the people out there — they give you the platform, they are open, they give you the chance, they listen to your music, they create what you are, not the musicians. I’m a human being; I’m a metal fan like you. What makes me different? We both are passionate for this music. That’s really all there is to it.”
TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Fischer (voice, guitars). The group has unambiguously stated that it pursues the continuation and further development of the path Warrior began in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST.