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Triptykon

Formed: 2008
From: Zurich, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Triptykon News

Below is our complete Triptykon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:

"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.

"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.

"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.

"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."

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First Bands and Dates Announced For MDF 2015

The first round of band confirmations have been made for Maryland Deathfest 2015. The thirteenth edition of the festival will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21-24, 2015

The bands confirmed so far are as follows:

Aeternus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Arcturus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Aura Noir (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Bulldozer (Italy) - exclusive US appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Germany)
Demoncy
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
D.R.I.
Einherjer (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Funebrarum
Goatsnake
Impetuous Ritual (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Lock Up - exclusive US appearance
Lycanthropy (Czech Republic)
Master
Melt-Banana (Japan)
Metal Church
Noisear
Neurosis
Portal (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Serpentine Path
Skepticism (Finland) - exclusive US appearance
Splatterhouse
Suffering Mind (Poland)
Triptykon (Switzerland) - exclusive US appearance
Tsjuder (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Twilight of the Gods - exclusive US appearance
Ufomammut (Italy)
Vallenfyre (UK) - exclusive US appearance
Vulcano (Brazil) - exclusive US appearance
Winter
Wolfbrigade (Sweden) - exclusive US appearance

Dates that each band performs and running times will not be set until closer to the festival dates.

The organizers are satisfied with the venue situation this year and have decided to use the same set up next year. This means that Maryland Deathfest 2015 will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for the two main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Place) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Alestorm
Primal Fear
Sepultura
Novembers Doom
Solstafir
Napalm Death
Triptykon
Candlemass
Opeth

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Bloodstock Announces Art Exhibition

The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).

Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.

Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.

This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.

The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.

The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...

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Rock Hard Festival Live Stream Available

The Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany will be available via a live stream at this location this weekend. Bands scheduled to be broadcast are listed here (all times are CET):

Friday, June 6th (as of press time Triptykon is currently streaming):

21.30 - 23.00 TRIPTYKON
19.45 - 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

Saturday, June 7th:

21.30 - 23.00 CARCASS
19.45 - 21.00 SACRED REICH
18.15 - 19.15 OBITUARY
15.45 - 16.30 SÓLSTAFIR
14.45 - 15.25 SCREAMER

Sunday, June 8th:

18.10 - 19.20 ANNIHILATOR
16.30 - 17.40 MONSTER MAGNET
15.15 - 16.00 INSOMNIUM
14.05 - 14.50 ORPHANED LAND
13.00 - 13.40 BLUES PILLS More...

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Morbid Angel To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Blasphemy
Bölzer
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland

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Eindhoven Confirms New Bands For 2014 Festival

Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Cruachan
Ensiferum
Evil Invaders
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Unleashed
Urfaust
Saille
Sinister
The Vision Bleak
Woland More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To 2014 Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival have checked in with the following update about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:

"Things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ and even more bands are unveiled for 2014!! Joining the main stage bill are the newly renamed, Entombed A.D. After having to change their name from just ‘Entombed’, LG Petrov and his fellow band members are once again ready to let the music do the talking after a year of internal struggles. They release the highly anticipated new album ‘Back to the Front’ on 4th August via Century Media and are eager to get back on the road.

"Getting the heads banging on the Sophie stage on Thursday are British trad metalheads Monument, and bringing their own brand of theatrical madness and extreme metal are former ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ winners, Gethika. Bringing an international flavour on Sunday are death/thrash metallers Krow, who hail all the way from Brazil. Fancy something a little different? Then check out 16-yr old blues star in the making Aaron Keylock, also performing on Sunday’s Sophie stage.

"Not content with that, Bloodstock can also reveal six killer bands for the Jagermeister stage! Grab a couple Jagerbombs and come headbang to Undersmile and King Creature on Friday, plus Massive Wagons and a special acoustic set from Orphaned Land on Saturday. If you’re still standing come Sunday, be sure to catch Rabid Bitch of the North and The Heretic Order."

The festival takes place from August 7th - 10th and full details are available at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Triptykon Cancels Maryland Deathfest Appearance

Tom Gabriel Warrior has released the following statement in regards to Triptykon's cancellation of their Maryland Deathfest appearance:

"The greatest surrealist artist of our time, H.R. Giger, died in a tragic accident on Monday, May 12, 2014. In the wake of Giger's death, his closest friends are gathering to comfort his widow, Carmen, and to assist her in organizing Giger's funeral and his memorial service. I am one of those friends."

"We are all still attempting to deal with the shock of this unexpected and extremely painful loss.
For 30 years, H.R. Giger has been my mentor. As I wrote in my eulogy, a few days ago: 'At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance.' The result was Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion album which, in turn, was the basis for all subsequent collaborations between us."

"In all of his work with Celtic Frost and Triptykon, H.R. Giger was immensely generous, in spite of repeated objections of mine and countless attempts to convince him to accept proper compensation for his amazing contributions."

"I have also been an assistant to H.R. Giger and his wife for seven years. I have long seen them as very close friends, even as family. We have experienced many challenging events together, and we have repeatedly taken care of each other in every conceivable manner." More...

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Tom G. Warrior Comments On Death Of H.R. Giger

In response to the news of the passing of H.R. Giger, former Celtic Frost frontman/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior (Triptykon) posted a statement on the iconic artist. Giger's artwork adorned the covers of Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and both full length Triptykon albums "Eparistera Daimones" and "Melana Chasmata."

The statement reads:

"For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.

"H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.

"A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost's most important albums, 'To Mega Therion', even more significant. Other links to Giger's universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.

"Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his circle. More...

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Alien Creator H.R. Giger Passes Away

Multiple worldwide news outlets are reporting that Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," and best known in the metal circles as the man who created such iconic artwork that adorned the covers of such classic albums as Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and most recently Triptykon's "Melana Chasmata," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall on Monday, his museum reported Tuesday.

Giger's works often showed macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, and the style influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.

Giger worked as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to such hit movies as "Species," 'Poltergeist II," 'Dune," and most famously "Alien," the design of which won the 1979 Academy Award for special effects. More...

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Thyrfing, Ensiferum, And More Playing Eindhoven

Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.

The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aborted
At The Gates
Attic
Blasphemy
Ensiferum
Exhumed
Holy Moses
Morbus Chron
Onslaught
Origin
Primordial
Thyrfing
Triptykon
Urfaust
Woland

Further details and ticketing information can be see at the festival's official website here. More...

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Triptykon Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Triptykon, Holy Moses, and Morbus Chron are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More bands will be announced soon, and the currently revealed lineup is as follows:

AT THE GATES
HOLY MOSES
MORBUS CHRON
PRIMORDIAL
TRIPTYKON
URFAUST

The full festival is set to include 32 bands across two stages. Get all the details and find ticket information at the Eindhoven website here. More...

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At The Gates Announces European Tour

Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this December, their first in nearly twenty years. They will be joined on the trek by Triptykon and Morbus Chron. Speaking about the tour, vocalist Tomas Lindberg stated:

"We are very excited for this tour. It will be our first proper tour of Europe since 1996. As we have been playing only festivals in Europe since the reunion in 2008, this will be the first chance for us to meet the fans of Europe in a more intimate environment. Playing live for our own crowd, our own people in smaller clubs is something that is essential to us as a band and we are looking forward to finally being able to deliver a full At The Gates show in this setting, without having to work around the schedules and conditions of bigger festivals. It will also be the first time ever that we will be able to present some new compositions in a live setting - as the new album will be released by then. It's hard and uncompromising and I think the new songs will work great live next to the old songs.

"As for going out together with Triptykon, we couldn't be more thrilled. I have always looked upon the work of Thomas Gabriel Fischer as a great source of inspiration. From naming my first band, Grotesque after a line in a Celtic Frost song back in 1988, to the mighty comeback with his new reincarnation with Triptykon. Seeing them live every day for three weeks will be mind-blowing. More...

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Triptykon Announces Revised Box Set

After previously recommending fans don't buy the upcoming "Melana Chasmata" box set, Tom Gabriel Warrior has now announced a revised edition of the release.

Triptykon and Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records are proud to announce a special limited edition box set of the band's second album, containing the album's main Mediabook CD edition as well as a selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia. The "Melana Chasmata" Mediabook features a 32-page booklet and an additional 12-panel fold-out cross-booklet; the paraphernalia comprises a silver Triptykon-"T" necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster, and 3 postcards. The box set will be limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

Tom Gabriel Warrior comments: "Some time ago, I voiced my personal disapproval regarding the original concept for the planned Triptykon Melana Chasmata box set as scheduled for release by our licensing partner, Century Media Records.

"It is to Century Media Records' credit that they listened and subsequently approached me to address my misgivings and create a box set that represents the group's ideas and intentions far more comprehensively. I am grateful for such an open and creative collaboration, and I deeply respect Century Media Records for sparing neither effort nor expenditure to please Triptykon and the band's audience.

"I wish record labels would have acted like this in the 1980s." More...

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Triptykon Streaming New Tracks

Triptykon has just revealed the first two tracks from upcoming album ?"?Melana Chasmata?," which will be released on April 14th in Europe and April 15th in North America through Century Media Records.

Listen to "Breathing" and "Boleskine House" below, and you can also pre-order your copy of the album right here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls
2. Boleskine House
3. Altar Of Deceit
4. Breathing
5. Aurorae
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
9. Waiting More...

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Tom Warrior Recommends Fans Don't Buy Box Set

Triptykon's upcoming sophomore full-length album, "Melana Chasmata" will be released on April 14th (Europe) and April 15th (North America) through Century Media Records. Tom Gabriel Warrior has now issued the following statement however about not endorsing one edition of the release:

"The box set with extra items, limited to an edition of 2000, contains the mediabook edition of the album. It is not a Triptykon product, however, but a Century Media idea (much like the 10" box is a Nuclear Blast-only edition). I strongly dislike the CM box, and it is my personal recommendation to Triptykon's fans not to purchase it.

"CM have licensed the rights for the album and can thus market it as they wish, but that doesn't mean there are merits in such a limited edition venture. I personally feel it is in bad taste and does not represent Triptykon. All items which are officially issued by Triptykon (i.e., the mediabook CD, the pendant, and the tote bag) will be available separately through the usual outlets, so there is no need to support such a cheap and ill-fitting marekting venture." More...

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Triptykon Details New Album "Melana Chasmata"

Triptykon's second album, "Melana Chasmata" (rough translation: "black, deep depressions/valleys") will be released on April 14 (Europe) and April 15 (North America), 2014, via Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records Ltd.

Like its predecessor "Eparistera Daimones," the album was produced by Triptykon's singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at Triptykon's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014. Those who have already heard "Melana Chasmata" have described it as "atmospheric, dark, diabolical, and dramatic", "diverse, epic, and doomy, but on an entirely different level", "a fierce boulder of abhorrence", or "very heavy and yet very aesthetic at the same time".

"Melana Chasmata" will feature the following nine songs, at a playing time of around 67 minutes:

1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls
2. Boleskine House
3. Altar Of Deceit
4. Breathing
5. Aurorae
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
9. Waiting

Further new Triptykon music has been recorded, to be released as an EP or mini album later in 2014 or early in 2015.

Among other formats, the album will be released as a 32-page mediabook (with lyrics and liner notes to every song, and with a special fold out poster), as a gatefold vinyl double album (with posters and large-format booklet), and for digital download. Additionally, Century Media is scheduled to issue a special box set, limited to 2000 copies. The box set will include the album, a Triptykon silver pendant, a poster, postcards, a Triptykon tote bag, and a cap. More...

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Triptykon Announces New Album

Triptykon is the occult/avant-garde metal band formed by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer Tom Gabriel Warrior.

Warrior is proud to announce the group's second album, "Melana Chasmata," is now set to be released on April 15th in North America. The album's release is a collaboration between the group's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and Century Media Records.

This is the same label partnership already responsible for Celtic Frost's final album, "Monotheist" (2006), Hellhammer's "Demon Entrails" demo compendium (2008), and Triptykon's debut album, "Eparistera Daimones" and "Shatter" EP (2010).

"Melana Chasmata" is evolving to be a vastly varied and strikingly dark and heavy album. The album's title may be translated, approximately, as "black, deep depressions/valleys." More...

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Triptykon Returning To Roadburn

In 2010, the organizers of Holland's highly acclaimed Roadburn Festival invited Tom Gabriel Warrior, founder of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon, to act as the curator.

Under the banner of Only Death Is Real, Roadburn 2010 thus became the venue for the presentation of Triptykon's newly-released debut album, "Eparistera Daimones" (reviewed here), as well as Triptykon's first official live appearance. Century Media Records now comments:

"We are deeply delighted and proud to be able to announce that Triptykon has been asked to return to Roadburn in 2014. To commemorate the release of Triptykon's long-awaited new album in spring 2014, Triptykon will appear on Roadburn's main stage on Sunday, April 13, 2014."

Tom Gabriel Warrior states: "Roadburn is very likely the most extraordinary, daring, and vigorous festival in what has otherwise largely become a blandly repetitive and overly commercialized heavy rock scene. Moreover, anybody who has ever attended Roadburn can confirm that no other festival exudes such a unique feeling of radiance and creativity among audience and performers alike. Triptykon's return to Roadburn in 2014 signifies yet another truly unique chapter in a long affiliation with the festival, dating back to the riotous days of Celtic Frost. I am deeply grateful to Roadburn's artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers for his extraordinary friendship and his continued faith in the path we are pursuing with Triptykon. In return, we shall duly transform Roadburn into a church of darkness."

Roadburn 2014 will run from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. More...

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