Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost 1981-1985
In the early 1980s in the rural outskirts of Zurich, Switzerland, author Tom Gabriel Fischer assembled the groundbreaking heavy metal band Hellhammer a dark, dramatic force that flew in opposition to his surroundings in every way, even the flashy party-hearty hard rock music of the day. Slowly, Fischer pulled together an ever-larger legion of similar-minded outcasts and adventurers. In a few short years, Hellhammer vanished and Celtic Frost was born, and in this remarkable volume the tale is told with vivid photographs and exacting narrative detail. Only Death Is Real is essential for hundreds of thousands of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost fans worldwide, followers of heavy metal history, and anyone who has ever wondered about the dark, artistic side of metal music. Without a doubt, Fischer is a singular figure responsible for untold innovation, and his book is sacred scripture for understanding the origins of underground heavy metal. Here he explains in intimately human terms how extreme metal was born, detailing the hardships and triumphs he faced bringing Hellhammer and Celtic Frost to reality.
An Extraordinary Story Of Unswerving Dedication To A Dream
By DK "9Morris" - March 21, 2010
Fans of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, new band Triptykon, or any strain of metal or hard rock will already be drawn to this book... and they should be: it's a "birth of a genre" story that will resonate with fans of any/all heavy, dark music. But it's also a lot more. Tom Gabriel Fischer's detailed story of his difficult, painful youth in Switzerland, his discovery and all-consuming love of metal music, and then the development and pursuit of his "I will become a metal musician; I will make this music my life; I WILL persevere" vision is truly moving.
The pictures of band members, associates, and ephemera make the book that much more special as they parallel the written document (and the blunt, honest, often sharply self-critical nature of the comments by ALL who contribute adds much to the reader's experience of the story).
This is a book for fans to race through, and it's also a book to be savored in subsequent readings, perusals of the photos, and so forth. It's... read more
Black Metal Pioneer Gets His Due!
By Jeff Smith "Expatriate Blaque" - May 15, 2010
Anyone who claims to be a fan of extreme metal should know who Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka:Satanic Slaughter; Tom G.Warrior) is: this man is the driving force behind the genre, hands down: the singer from Darkthrone writes the Foreword with great veneration for the artist. This book was a real trip down memory lane...I first listened to Celtic Frost in 1986 and was hooked for life. Throughout the 1980s, Celtic Frost was the heaviest band around, until Morbid Angel and Death arrived on the scene. Hellhammer was the first incarnation of Mr. Fischer's unending quest to push the limits of what extreme metal was meant to be, and it laid the groundwork for what Celtic Frost was to become.
What is interesting about Mr. Fischer's prose is that it truly is full of conviction: you have no doubt that the man was determined to create a band that satisfied his vision, regardless of the sacrifices made. Fiercely intellectual, Mr. Fischer challenges all around him to accept who they are,... read more
a perfect time capsule unleashed
By Funeral of Gravewurm - September 23, 2010
This book covers the early years of Tom G Warrior and company's musical entry and rise in the scene of the early 80s. Loaded with tons of rare and killer photos...various line ups and total monologe-style writing by TG Warrior and others make you feel like you are sitting in a room with them, listening to metal and hearing their history unfold in various stories and events. Told with a true sincerity for what actually happened and covering the up-hill battle they faced on a daily basis for Hellhammer to become a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene. Recommended additional purchase : Hellhammer "Satanic Rites/Triumph of Death/Death Fiend" demos (aka DEMON ENTRAILS - Century Media) and their "Apocalyptic Raids" Mcd
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