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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.
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...
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):
At The Gates
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
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...
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...
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
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
9. Waiting More...
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...
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
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
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...
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...
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...
Triptykon, the band formed by former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost mastermind, Tom G. Warrior, has confirmed that they are currently at work on their new studio album, which will be their first since their debut, "Eparistera Daimones," which was released in 2010. In a new online post, Tom Warrior has revealed some of the song titles which are expected to appear on the band's sophomore effort, as well as some other details. His message reads as follows:
"Triptykon's current rehearsal and arrangement sessions for the forthcoming second album sound sweepingly heavy, epic, and dark. And utterly diverse. Such music - and, indeed, the experience of creating it - is deeply alluring, even addictive.
"The path leading to this point has been unexpectedly long and extremely challenging, even if for reasons largely unrelated to the group. And yet, we are reminded every time we meet why we have persisted. Love Triptykon or feel profound hatred for us, but this group sounds like no other - except the two from which we have arisen.
"It will still be a few months until the music that is 'Daemon', 'Into Despair', 'Sycophant', 'Boleskine House', 'Tree Of Suffocated Souls', and many more, will be committed to the album proper. But having progressed, finally, so far into the process in this manner is moving beyond description."
World-renowned surrealist Vincent Castiglia is pleased to announce that the National Geographic Channel’s “Taboo” will be airing a special segment on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00pm ET specifically dedicated to him, his artwork, and technique — including his process of blood collection and live painting.
The special also includes interviews with several other acclaimed artists about Vincent’s work. Check out a clip of the segment here.
“I'm honored to be profiled by National Geographic. Because my work is so intensely personal, I really couldn't have imagined it gaining popularity among such a broad audience,” states Castiglia. “But, I believe it is because it's themes deal with so many universal aspects of human experience, in addition to the medium I work in being the common bond flowing through all of our veins, that the work becomes entirely accessible. Like a transfusion administered, the viewer shares in my life and can partake in my own experiences directly, through these organic 'windows to the psyche'.” More...
New York City native, surrealist, and metal artist Vincent Castiglia recently announced his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled "Resurrection," taking place from October 4th - 31st at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). Vincent handled the artwork for Triptykon's "Eparistera Daimones." The gallery will host an opening reception on October 4th from 8-11pm. "Resurrection" will include collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.
In the privacy of his studio, Vincent practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.
Vincent recently took the time to explain his two favorite pieces in the exhibition, “Feeding” and “Stings of the Lash,” which are displayed below. More...
Triptykon has checked in with the following recap of the band's "Destroyers of the Faith" tour:
"Thank you to our audiences in England and Scotland, and thank you to our friends Cannibal Corpse and Enslaved, for making it possible that the Destroyers Of The Faith tour has become such a success and such a personal pleasure.
"We in Triptykon had been looking forward for quite some time to be able to play a proper tour in Great Britain, not least after the rousing welcome we received at last year's Bloodstock festival. It was thus an absolute privilege to return as part of the Destroyers Of The Faith package.
"The reactions we encountered when performing onstage these past few days were absolutely astonishing. Equally extraordinary was the spirit of friendship, mutual respect, and cooperation between the groups on this tour. We bow to you all.
"We are looking forward to coming back hopefully soon, and hopefully for an even greater number of concerts.
"Tom Gabriel Warrior, V. Santura, Vanja Slajh, and Norman Lonhard."
Gorthaur's Wrath split with drummer "Grind Artillery" last month, and the band has now issued the following announcement about tapping Norman Lonhard for the recording of a new album:
"Leading German extreme metal drummer Norman Lonhard (Triptykon/Pigeon Toe) is going to join Gorthaur's Wrath in the studio for the upcoming album recording.
"This will be the second studio album of Gorthaur's Wrath, named 'War For Heaven,' which is set to be recorded in May 2012 at Woodshed Studios in Germany by V.Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon).
"The first upcoming live band appearance and exclusive presentation of the new songs will be at Zadar metalfest 2012 in Croatia."
Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:
"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.
"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"
Triptykon frontman Tom G. Warrior (a/k/a Thomas Gabriel Fischer) announced that elements of his "Antecedent Death" death mask sculptures will be on display at the Last Rites Gallery in New York City.
The announcement reads:
"For the third time in 2011, elements of Triptykon singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior's celebrated 'Antecedent Death' death mask sculpture project will be on display as part of an exhibition.
"Warrior's work will be featured in 'The 13th Hour', an annual group exhibit held by New York's acclaimed Last Rites Gallery. 'The 13th Hour' will run from October 28 through November 27, 2011.
"Featured artists Include: Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Matthew Bone, Paul Booth, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Jason D’aquino, Pedro De Kastro, Tom Gabriel Warrior, HR Giger, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Michael Hussar, Joka, Sarah Joncas, Aunia Kahn, Eli Livingston, Michael Mararian, Chris Mars, Annie Owens, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Dan Quintana, Matt Rota, Paul Rumsey, Beau Stanton, David Stoupakis, Jasmine Worth, and more.
From the gallery's press release:
'In its annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held during Halloween weekend, the show is the gallery’s largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe - working in an array of mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.'
"Warrior's death mask sculptures were previously on public display during "Antecedent Death I" (solo exhibition, Lausanne, Switzerland, February/March 2011) and "Terminus" (group exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland, June/July 2011)."
The Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 W 33rd Street in New York City.
American death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have been confirmed as the headliners for Metal Hammer's, "Destroyers Of The Faith" tour, which will kick off in March. Also on the trek will be Triptykon, Enslaved, and Job For A Cowboy.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 7, 2012 - Bristol O2 Academy
March 8, 2012 - Glasgow O2 ABC
March 9, 2012 - Manchester Academy
March 10, 2012 - London HMV Forum
March 11, 2012 - Birmingham HMV Institute
Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:
Heaven Shall Burn
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Dawn Of Disease
Grave guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren reported that he has recruited Triptykon drummer Norman Lonhard for his Grey Heavens side project. The update appeared on the Grey Heavens Facebook Page and states:
"Very proud to announce that Norman Lonhard from the mighty Triptykon will be doing drums on the upcoming Grey Heavens recording later this year. I'm superstoked and i'm sure it will be amazing! Stay tuned.."