In its 2018 edition, Roadburn presented the first two commissioned pieces in its storied history, one from the union of Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu, named Waste Of Space Orchestra, and a piece from a collective of Icelandic black metal musicians entitled Vánagandr: Sól án varma.
For the upcoming 2019 edition, Walter and company decided to up the ante and present not two, but three specially commissioned performances, the first of which has been announced and marks the return of the legendary Tom G. Warrior to Roadburn, after perofmrnaces with Triptykon in the 2010 and 2014 editions of the festival, the first of which also had him curate part of the festival. He is now set for a very special return to perform the three part «Requiem» piece, which in itself is two part Celtic Frost and one part Triptykon.
As explained by Warrior in the announcement, when he was 22 years old, he “began writing what would become the first part of an intended three-part Requiem (missa pro defunctis; i.e., mass for the dead). The finished piece was released on Celtic Frost’s Into The Pandemonium album, in June of 1987, bearing the title Rex Irae.” The second part of the «Requiem», entitled «Grave Eternal» remains unreleased and will therefore debut in Tilburg next year, whereas the third and final part was the last song of 2006’s final Celtic Frost album «Monotheist», entitled «Winter (Requiem, Chapter Three: Finale)».
As the Swiss musician goes on to explain, “what was left now was to complete the missing second part of the composition. I had quite a detailed idea in my mind of what it would entail musically, but there was no hurry attached to it.” Nevertheless, after Celtic Frost’s second demise, “the intention to finish the full Requiem remained with me. I was going to do it one distant day with Triptykon, the group I formed to continue to pursue the path I began in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. It was 2018, yet again 16 years after I last worked on the Requiem, when Walter Hoeijmakers, founder of the legendary Roadburn Festival and one of my most beloved friends, contacted me to propose Roadburn as the venue to perform, at long last, the finished Requiem.” This brings us to the upcoming Friday, April 12, 2019, in which the «Requiem» will be performed in its entirety by Triptykon with classical arrangements by Florian Magnus Maier and live orchestration by the Metropole Orkest.
Recall that the 2019 edition of Roadburn will take place between April 11 and 14 and that tickets are on sale at this location.