Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior receives the “Swiss Music Prize 2021”
Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and Triptykon founder Tom Gabriel Fischer, better known by the pseudonym Tom G. Warrior, recently received the Swiss Music Prize 2021, awarded by the Federal Office of Culture in a ceremony on 17 September in Lugano. Center Arte e Cultura (LAC).
This was the very first time that the award has been presented to a heavy metal artist, helping to solidify Warrior’s legacy as a pioneer whose early bands, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, left a subsequent mark on the developments of the metal, especially in the dark and booming death. kingdoms of metal from the mid to late 1980s.
âTom Gabriel Warrior’s bands have played an important role in the history of music and have influenced musicians around the world. A pioneer of metal music, Warrior is an idol not only within the confines of the metal scene, and in as a defender of animal rights, he aims to give a voice to those who do not have one, âreads a press release from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, (via Triptykon’s Facebook page).
“Although I was fortunate to have a loyal following from the start of my career, especially in my homeland, Switzerland, the music industry and local Swiss cultural institutions either ignored me or expressed negative feelings. derision for my music, and sometimes even obstructed it. In their perception, it was just not consistent and not commercial enough. And indeed, my music was dark, experimental and stubborn. But precisely because of these qualities she has been noticed abroad, âWarrior began in his acceptance speech (revised transcript also provided via Triptykon’s Facebook page).
He continued, âOf course, I understand that receiving this award is an honor, and I’m grateful for it. But considering that 40 inconceivable years have passed since I first became a musician, this award is also completely irrelevant for I continued my path despite everything, without subordinating myself to any of the usual inbreeding rituals of the Swiss music scene, and without ever requesting any type of cultural funding from the Swiss state or competent institutions .
“The support given to me over the years by the following people was absolutely essential, and my gratitude to them is limitless,” added Warrior, who then directly named the following people: Antje Lange, Vanja Slajh , Alois Wendelin, Urs Sprenger, Maya Ghirardello, Martin Eric Ain, Michelle Fischer, HR Giger and Carmen Giger, JÃ¶rg Michael, Ian Christe, Denise Mathieu, Corinne KÃ¼hne, Kathy Lenze.
âAnd there are many more,â noted the Swiss icon and concluded, âIn addition, I would also like to express my gratitude to those who do not kill animals, enslave them, abuse them, but on the contrary, respect and protect them. I bow to you. “
Congratulations to Tom G. Warrior for this well deserved honor.
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