Another of my favorite artists is Thomas Gabriel Fischer, the frontman of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon. Many people cite the British band Venom as being the main inspiration for most black metal, but I would disagree to a certain extent. Certainly Venom started the template, but they were also very humorous and cartoony, which is not something one sees in black metal that often. A more direct line of descent can be drawn from Fischer’s work with his pals in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, who ran with Venom’s template but replaced all the humor with plenty of cold, wintry, existentialist angst. Fischer’s material with Triptykon is much slower and moodier than Hellhammer or Celtic Frost, and it might very well be my favorite among the artist’s works.