Tom Gabriel Warrior, the founder of Swiss pioneers HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST and now TRIPTYKON, has announced more bands that will appear at his curated event, titled Only Death Is Real, during Roadburn Festival 2010 in Tilburg, Netherlands on Friday, April 16.
Following is a list of the newly confirmed artists (along with THORR'S HAMMER, TRINACRIA and NWOBHM legends WITCHFYNDE), each of which were handpicked by Tom:
Comments from bands regarding their participation in Only Death Is Real:
JESU: "Of course, it is an honour for JESU to be personally invited by Tom G. Warrior to perform at his individually curated 'Only Death Is Real' event at Roadburn 2010. It goes without saying, that the music of Tom G. Warrior has had an immense impact on the music, I, Justin K Broadrick, have been producing since 1985, in all of my guises, be it NAPALM DEATH in the Eighties, GODFLESH in the Eighties and Nineties, and JESU currently…"
EVOKEN: "It's truly an honor to be invited to play at Tom Gabriel Warrior's 'Only Death is Real' at Roadburn 2010. Tom G Warrior's playing, as well as his work in CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER, are not only a staple in the metal world, but one of our main influences and reasons why EVOKEN exists today. When we started EVOKEN, never in our dark imaginations would we have thought this day would EVER come. To be invited by our main influence in metal, who all will agree is one of the most well-respected and talented individuals... Tom Gabriel Warrior. We accept this dark gift in complete honor. We shall deliver nothing less than uncompromising, soul-crushing heaviness that EVOKEN can only bring forth... Be warned!"
PAGAN ALTAR: "The call from Tom G Warrior to join him at Roadburn came as a complete and utter surprise to Al and I as we had not the slightest inclination we would be asked. Recognition from one musician to another to us is one of the highest accolades we can think of and so would like to say thanks to Tom for asking us. PAGAN ALTAR as a band are really up for it and looking forward to playing at Tom's 'Only Death Is Real' show and are indeed proud to share a stage with these guys!"
VALBORG: "We met Tom and TRYPTIKON bass player Vanja in Switzerland before a VALBORG concert and had some really great conversations. So it was indeed a very special honour that we got invited by Tom to play at the Roadburn 2010. In the midst of irrelevance, Tom G. Warrior gave us more confidence to go ahead on the path we chose. We are still fans and he is the master of extreme metal. So, we will slay the world to pieces at the Roadburn Festival to honour his almighty work. Be prepared motherfuckers! Feel the aggression rise."
SERPENTCULT: "We were speechless, but extremely honoured and humbled when we got the invitation by Tom to perform at the next edition of Roadburn. CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER had such an important impact on us that it inspired us to pick up our guitars many years ago. Now we find ourselves being invited to Roadburn, by the very creator of this music himself. We can't wait to head back to the stages of the 013 venue! Our appearance at the festival will also give us the opportunity to present our new album 'Raised By Wolves' to the world."
SHEVER: "Tom always supported us to continue in our chosen musical way. We feel very honored and happy about his invitation to Roadburn 2010, and having the possibility to contribute some evil witch doom to this unique event — a dream came true, and we're ready to give all we have for this show!"
NONEUCLID: "We are very honored to be part of this festival, and this special night. I have been into CELTIC FROST since I was 13. I had just started playing guitar, and they were my first contact with non-tonal music — a fact that had far-reaching consequences, since life took me to become a contemporary composer. CELTIC FROST's approach to their lyrics also made a mark on us all; their taking the listener into rotten evil worlds while maintaining a high level of dignity made 90% of metal bands look like embarrassing adolescents in my young eyes, and they set the bar high in the black sonic arts for everyone who came after. When V Santura joined them as touring guitarist, that was the biggest thing ever to happen in the music scene of our home town... it seems unreal that now, so many years after, the mighty Tom G. Warrior tells us he's into our little band. So when The Warrior calls, there can only be one answer from us and that's 'Yes, sir, with pleasure!'"
Roadburn festival 2010, including Tom Gabriel Warrior's Only Death Is Real, a GOATSNAKE reunion, CANDLEMASS 25th-anniversary show and ENSLAVED as "artists in residence," will run for three days. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 18, 2010.
CANDLEMASS will perform its classic album, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", in its entirety, with Johan Längquist (who sang on the original LP) on vocals. There will be a special part of the set that will incorporate new singer Robert Lowe as well.
Tickets for Roadburn will go on sale Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 Central European Time.
For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.