TOM GABRIEL FISCHER Says CELTIC FROST’s ‘Cold Lake’ Was ‘An Artistic Embarrassment’

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CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, aka Tom Warrior, spoke about the band’s — not so popular — third studio album, 1988’s Cold Lake, describing it as “a monumental failure.”

Cold Lake saw a new lineup, reformed by Tom Warrior with newly joined musicians Oliver Amberg, Curt Victor Bryant and Stephen Priestly.

In a new interview with Italy’s Poisoned Rock, Tom said: Cold Lake is just a complete failure. When we formed CELTIC FROST, we wanted to be very experimental, we wanted to be very courageous, we didn’t wanna be afraid of taking a chance.

“On the other hand, that doesn’t guarantee to you that you always do something good,” he continued. “And I think Cold Lake is a monumental failure. We tried a different thing, we tried to do something melodic, but I think in the context of the late 1980s, bands really lost their plot, they lost their path, and I think CELTIC FROST was one of those bands.

“The album no longer sounds like CELTIC FROST, it no longer has the depth and seriousness that CELTIC FROST had,” Fischer added. “And it didn’t have the sound. There was also different people involved, and I think all these things contribute that the album is really the low point of the entire career of CELTIC FROST. It was an experiment, but it was a bad experiment. It was a failed experiment. I think the album is an embarrassment — it’s an artistic embarrassment.”