|Satan I (work 324) (1977) by HR Giger|
a) Martin Eric Ain and Tom Gabriel Warrior when they started working on Hell Hammer and Later Celtic Frost, they discovered that they were both huge admirers of HR Giger and they looked at his books what seemed like a million times together. They could spend entire nights dissectiing his books, discussing his art and everything.
b) They saw the impact of Satan I, mocking the Christian religion. Tom agreed with the idea offered about what it represented by an interview that Satan was actually the Church and Christ is a sling shot weapond against those who don't believe in their god. He asked Giger about it and he confirmed that the painting was intended that way.
|Tom Gabriel Fischer as he was being interviewed|
- Interviewer: Satan I is an iconic painting and most people
relate it to blasphemy and things like that. In my interpretation, I
think that Master Giger was mocking Christian religion where Satan is
actually the church and er Christ is a sling shot is a weapon against
those who don't believe in their god. I would like to know your er
reading, your opinion about the painting and if Master Giger told you er
his interpretation of this painting as a curiosity
Tom Gabriel Warrior: Well, well, Martin Eric Ain and I saw it exactly the same way as you described it, erm, which of course is why we love the painting, we, we, when we started working together in Hell Hammer and later Celtic Frost which is we discovered that we were both huge admirers of HR Giger and we looked at his books a million times together. We spent entire nights dissecting his books, discussing his art and everything and we saw, we saw the impact of Satan I, exactly the way you described, which is, which is, why we asked Giger whether we could work with this and if you arrived many years later, Giger actually confirmed that the painting was intended that way
Interviewers in unison: Great!
Tom Gabriel Warrior: Giger, has a, had a very large library of books about religion, history, occult, and of course all these things probably manifested themselves through his art. He had of course a very cynical look at er, religion
Interviewer: Great (Source: Interview for Heavy Culture - Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer) 28th November 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj9n6L2gbIo)
(Thanks to Aaron Openshaw for bringing my attention to this interview and its relevance to discussion about Giger's painting Satan I and posting information about it at Giger Fans on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2204590233/posts/10165723326595234/))
Cover for the Celtic Frost album 'To Mega Therion'
(album released on 27 October 1985)