August 28, 2014 - TRIPTYKON CONFIRMED FOR MÖRKASTE SMÅLAND

Triptykon has now been confirmed for Mörkaste Småland on Saturday, September 27th (Triptykon actually begin performing at 12:30 AM on September 28th).





August 6, 2014 - TRIPTYKON TO RELEASE NEW VIDEO CLIP

The week of Triptykon's much anticipated return appearances at Bloodstock Festival, UK (August 8), and Jalometalli Festival, Finland, (August 9), the Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act is scheduled to release the first of two video clips filmed to accompany of the group's second album, "Melana Chasmata".

See the video, presented by Metal Hammer magazine (Germany), Metal Hammer magazine (UK) and Decibel magazine (North America), here: http://smarturl.it/triptykonaurorae

The clip is an ominous visualisation of "Aurorae", one of the most poignant and personal songs on "Melana Chasmata". It was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously collaborated with Triptykon for the group's highly acclaimed "Shatter" video clip), and filmed in Leipzig, Germany, earlier this year. As it was the case with "Shatter", the "Aurorae" clip is based on concepts by Hirsch and Triptykon singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior.

The "Aurorae" clip is to be followed later in 2014 by an EP of the same title, featuring additional unreleased music by the group and released through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records. Moreover, the end of the year will see Triptykon embark on a major European tour with At The Gates.

Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon in 2014:

FR 08.08.2014 Derbyshire (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air Festival / www.bloodstock.uk.com
SA 09.08.2014 Oulu (Finland) – Jalometalli Festival / www.jalometalli.net
SA 30.08.2014 Wörrstadt (Germany) – Neuborn Open Air Festival / www.noaf.de
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2 + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – EMM / www.eindhovenmetalmeeting.com
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage Werk + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik + At The Gates & Morbus Chron
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof + At The Gates & Morbus Chron

Triptykon's "Melana Chasmata" is available in various physical formats (CD Mediabook, CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 2LP, ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set) from the following location: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD and also digitally here: http://smarturl.it/melanachasmataITUNES.

Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon, including their recently announced appearance at UK’s Bloodstock Open Air on August 8th, 2014:

Triptykon Online:

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial


Century Media online:

www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
www.facebook.com/centurymedia


Century Media Webshop:

www.cmdistro.com





June 5, 2014 - TRIPTYKON PLAYING ROCK HARD FESTIVAL; LIVE STREAM VIA WDR ROCKPALAST

Triptykon, the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior, continue to promote their second, much acclaimed studio album Melana Chasmata. On Friday, June 6th, Triptykon will appear at Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater, headlining the first day of the 2014 edition of Germany's Rock Hard Festival.

The show will be streamed online via the WDR Rockpalast website at 9:30 PM CET (Triptykon stage time). Check here for more details: http://www.wdr.de/tv/rockpalast/. The Rockpalast recordings from this year's festival will also be aired on the WDR TV channel on Monday, June 16th and Monday, June 23rd, each show starting 15 minutes after midnight and running for 3 hours.

Triptykon's Melana Chasmata album has received much acclaim both by media (where the album scored several "album of the month" titles and lead to the band gracing many magazine front covers) but also by the fans, whose support catapulted the release into the official sales charts of various countries, with the following peak positions: # 11 in The Netherlands, # 52 in Germany (In its 3rd week!), # 32 in Switzerland, # 16 in Finland and # 171 in the US Billboard Top 200 charts (with a # 4 spot in the Heatseekers listing!).

Triptykon's Melana Chasmata is available in multiple physical formats (CD Mediabook, CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 2LP, ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set) from the following location: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD and also digitally here: http://smarturl.it/melanachasmataITUNES.

Triptykon's Melana Chasmata (67:25 min. playing time!) tracklisting 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

Next to being released on the (sold-out) 7" EP and Digital Single Breathing, you can also promotionally stream the songs Breathing here: http://youtu.be/-HnBYO8k5pM and Boleskine House here: http://youtu.be/h4a8UGehzIE or both songs here: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/sets/triptykon-melana-chasmata

Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon, including their recently announced appearance at UK’s Bloodstock Open Air on August 8th, 2014:

Triptykon Live:

Bandsintown

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

Century Media online:

www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
www.facebook.com/centurymedia


Century Media Webshop:

www.cmdistro.com





MAY 19, 2014 - STATEMENT BY TOM GABRIEL WARRIOR REGARDING TRIPTYKON'S CANCELLATION OF THE MARYLAND DEATHFEST APPEARANCE


Photo taken by Doralba Picerno.



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.

I thus simply cannot and do not wish to fail to attend H.R. Giger's private funeral, and to take part in the subsequent public memorial service, to be held in one of Zurich's largest churches. Moreover, I am an integral part of the group of Giger friends who are currently involved in the difficult task of arranging these events. I cannot possibly just be a recipient. In a moment like this, I have to and wish to give as much as I possibly can.

It is an extremely unfortunate coincidence that these unexpected and tragic proceedings collide with Triptykon's planned appearance at Maryland Deathfest on May 22. We are thus regretfully forced to withdraw from the festival. Within Triptykon, we discussed the possibility of playing the concert without me, with a close friend of ours filling in on guitar and vocals. The other members of the band did not see any merit in performing as an incomplete line-up, however.

Withdrawing from Maryland Deathfest was not an easy decision to take by any means. We are disappointing our audience and the promoter of the festival, it contradicts our sense of commitment, and the band's reputation will suffer damage. We were looking forward immensely to Triptykon's return to the US. After a lengthy and expensive petition process, the US authorities granted us the required US work permits last week. Moreover, a US crew had been hired, and flights and hotels for band and crew had already been booked.

In 1985, during Celtic Frost's very first tour, I was forced to cancel three concerts due to overstrained vocals. I vowed to never let such a thing happen again and took the appropriate steps. Ever since then, I have never again been the reason for a cancellation of a concert by either Celtic Frost or Triptykon. There have been instances, in Paris and London for example, when I went onstage with Celtic Frost in spite of flu and substantial fever, in order to avoid letting down the band's fans.

It is thus utterly against my nature and my own professional demands to be the cause for Triptykon's first cancelled show. But these are truly extraordinary circumstances, caused by the death of a truly extraordinary artist and friend. I hope our audience will understand, and I apologize sincerely. And I am extremely grateful for the incredible understanding and goodwill extended to Triptykon by the promoter of Maryland Deathfest.

Tom Gabriel Warrior, Triptykon, May 19, 2014





MAY 13, 2014 - H.R. GIGER, FEBRUARY 5, 1940 - MAY 12, 2014


H.R. Giger at his house in Zurich, Switzerland, around the time he created Mordor VII,
the painting that would one day become the cover of Triptykon's second album, Melana
Chasmata. Photographed by Katharina Vonow in autumn of 1976; used with very kind
permission by Katharina Vonow and Carmen Giger.



"I fight the impending lure of belated sleep
For fear of waking up and you are gone"
Triptykon, My Pain, 2010

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 universe.

When Celtic Frost came to an end so acrimoniously in 2008, H.R. Giger and his wife were among those who witnessed my uncontained despair and stood by me. That Giger subsequently agreed to collaborate with my new group, Triptykon, and thus enabled us to release our first album, Eparistera Daimones, with one of his most dramatic paintings on the cover meant the world to me.

It apparently pleased Giger, too. He told me so on several occasions, and he completely stunned me in October 2011 by proposing that we continue the collaboration between him and Triptykon. I would have never asked for such a thing, because I never would have wanted to appear insatiable. He brushed such reservations aside, and it was his mentorship, friendship, and art that enabled us, once again, to release a second album on which music and cover art formed a seamless symbiosis. Only a few weeks ago, he held the result in his hands and loved it.

Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humour, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.

Tom Gabriel Warrior for Triptykon, May 13, 2014





MAY 3, 2014 - FOCUS IM SCHWEIZER RADIO SRF 3: ANNA MAIER SPRICHT MIT TRIPTYKON GITARRIST/SÄNGER TOM GABRIEL WARRIOR


Tom Gabriel Warrior and Anna Maier at Radio SRF 3, Zurich, Switzerland, May 1, 2014.

Im Rahmen der renommierten Talk-Sendung "Focus" sendet das Schweizer Radio SFR 3 am Montagabend um 20:03 Uhr ein ausführliches und äusserst offenes Gespräch zwischen der bekannten Schweizer Journalistin Anna Maier und Triptykon Sänger/Gitarrist Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior). Die darin beleuchteten Themen beinhalten Fischers Jugend, Hellhammer, das Verhältnis zu Martin Eric Ain, Triptykon, und vieles mehr.

Die 60-minütige Sendung wurde am 1. Mai in Zürich aufgezeichnet und wird nach der Ausstrahlung weiterhin als Podcast auf der SRF 3-Website verfügbar sein. Das Gespräch wurde in Fischers Muttersprache, Schweizerdeutsch, geführt.

Der Link zur Sendung findet sich hier, unter dem für solcherlei Medien offenbar unumgänglichen reisserischen Titel:

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/focus/tom-gabriel-fischer-metal-legende-ich-suche-den-tod

Focus auf SRF 3:

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/focus/sendungsportraet

Radio SRF 3 live hören:

http://www.srf.ch/radio-srf-3/player





APRIL 15, 2014 - "MELANA CHASMATA" OUT NOW

Already receiving massive media acclaim and having been launched by means of a triumphant live performance at Sunday's Afterburner event as part of this year’s Roadburn Festival, Triptykon's much anticipated sophomore album, Melana Chasmata, is released now via Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records.

Melana Chasmata is available in the following formats:

- CD Mediabook (Main album CD edition, incl. 32-page booklet & additional 12-panel fold-out booklet)
- CD Jewelcase (Incl. 32-page booklet)
- Gatefold black 2LP on 180gr. vinyl + 2 posters and 16-page large-format booklet
- Ltd. Gatefold transparent 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 300 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. Gatefold dark green 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 500 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set (limited to 2.000 numbered copies, containing the CD Mediabook edition as well as the following selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia: A silver Triptykon-"T" necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster hand-signed by Tom Gabriel Warrior and 3 postcards) - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. 3x10Inch Box Set on black vinyl (limited to 1.000 copies) + 1 poster & 16-page large-format booklet) - exclusive to Nuclear Blast Shop Europe & CM Distro USA
- Digital Download

You can order Melana Chasmata and various merch items at the band's official webshop at shop.triptykon.net and for the US at www.jsrdirect.com.

Digital Buy Links are via Amazon: http://amzn.to/1iUFA1N and iTunes: http://bit.ly/Rmu8WF.

Please take note: Century Media have discovered serious manufacturing issues on the 2LP format of Triptykon's Melana Chasmata album and were forced to repress it to guarantee all of you a satisfying and flawless product. Unfortunately, this means the delivery will be delayed by some days. While everyone involved is working at full speed to rectify this situation, Century Media would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will deliver all orders of the vinyl format as soon as ever possible.

Melana Chasmata (67:25 min. playing time!) tracklisting 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

Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon, including their recently announced appearance at Jallometalli Festival in Oulu, Finland on August 8th, 2014:

Bandsintown

Triptkon online:
www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial





APRIL 11, 2014 - "MELANA CHASMATA" OUT SOON; MAGAZINE FRONT COVER FEATURES

Already receiving massive media acclaim (see magazine cover features in Decibel [US], Terrorizer [UK] and Aardschok [NL] pictured above), Triptykon's much anticipated sophomore album, Melana Chasmata, will soon be released via Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records on the following street dates by country:

Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Finland / Australia / New Zealand: Friday, April 11, 2014.
UK / BeNeLux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Norway / Rest Of Europe: Monday, April 14, 2014.
Italy / Spain / Poland / USA: Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Sweden: Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Melana Chasmata will be available in the following formats:

- CD Mediabook (Main album CD edition, incl. 32-page booklet & additional 12-panel fold-out booklet)
- CD Jewelcase (Incl. 32-page booklet)
- Gatefold black 2LP on 180gr. vinyl + 2 posters and 16-page large-format booklet
- Ltd. Gatefold transparent 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 300 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. Gatefold dark green 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (limited to 500 copies) + 2 posters & 16-page large-format booklet - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set (limited to 2.000 numbered copies, containing the CD Mediabook edition as well as the following selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia: A silver Triptykon-"T" necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster hand-signed by Tom Gabriel Warrior and 3 postcards) - exclusive to CMDistro
- Ltd. 3x10Inch Box Set on black vinyl (limited to 1.000 copies) + 1 poster & 16-page large-format booklet) - exclusive to Nuclear Blast Shop Europe & CM Distro USA
- Digital Download

You can pre-order Melana Chasmata at CMDistro here: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD and digitally here: http://smarturl.it/melanachasmataITUNES.

Please take note: Century Media have discovered serious manufacturing issues on the 2LP format of Triptykon's Melana Chasmata album and were forced to repress it to guarantee all of you a satisfying and flawless product. Unfortunately, this means the delivery will be delayed by some days. While everyone involved is working at full speed to rectify this situation, Century Media would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will deliver all orders of the vinyl format as soon as ever possible.

Melana Chasmata (67:25 min. playing time!) tracklisting 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

Next to being released on the (sold-out) 7” EP and Digital Single Breathing, you can also promotionally stream the songs Breathing here: http://youtu.be/-HnBYO8k5pMM and Boleskine House here: http://youtu.be/h4a8UGehzIE or both songs here: https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/sets/triptykon-melana-chasmata.

Triptykon’s next live-performance will take place at the Afterburner event during this year's edition of the acclaimed Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, where Triptykon will also be holding a special Melana Chasmata debut sales event at the merchandise booth. More details about the festival (including exact stage times) can be found here: www.roadburn.com.

Next to the announcement of a tour throughout Europe and the UK with labelmates At The Gates and Morbus Chron for December, Triptykon have recently also confirmed their appearance at Copenhagen’s "Copenhell" Festival for June 11th, 2014. Here is a list of all upcoming live-shows for Triptykon:

Bandsintown

Triptkon online:
www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

Century Media online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia

Century Media Webshop: http://www.cmdistro.com





APRIL 10, 2014 - TRIPTYKON CONFIRMED FOR THE JALOMETALLI FESTIVAL

Triptykon have been confirmed for the Jalometalli Festival in August.





APRIL 7, 2014 - TRIPTYKON CONFIRMED FOR COPENHELL FESTIVAL

Triptykon have been confirmed for the Copenhell Festival in June.





MARCH 25, 2014 - AT THE GATES TEAM UP WITH TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON FOR "AT WAR WITH REALITY 2014" EUROPE/UK TOUR

At The Gates will be joined by labelmates Triptykon and Morbus Chron for a series of UK/EU shows in December.

"Personally, I consider it a great pleasure and feel proud to join the mighty At The Gates on tour, who are one of the most influential extreme metal bands of the early 90's. "Slaughter of the Soul" has been among my favourite albums for a long time. After having confirmed numerous festivals, touring with At The Gates is another great opportunity to present Triptykon to a vast variety of metal fans."
- V. Santura, Triptykon, March 2014

At War With Reality 2014 tour dates with Triptykon:

At The Gates
Triptykon
Morbus Chron
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Souls
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (D) – Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (D) – Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (NL) – Metal Meeting Festival
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (D) – Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (AT) - Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (CH) – Kiff (* Triptykon co-headline)
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (D) – Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (B) – Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (D) – Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (D) - Postbahnhof

Triptkon online:
www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

Century Media online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.myspace.com/centurymediaeurope
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia

Century Media Webshop: http://www.cmdistro.com





MARCH 19, 2014 - MELANA CHASMATA AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES

Pre-order Triptykon's new album Melana Chasmata on iTunes now and receive instant access to the new tracks "Breathing" and "Boleskine House":

Pre-order Melana Chasmata on iTunes


To receive the booklet of the "Breathing" single, please download it here:

Download the "Breathing" Booklet





MARCH 17, 2014 - TRIPTYKON ANNOUNCE MELANA CHASMATA SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOX SET

Triptykon and Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records are proud to announce a special limited edition box set of the band's second album, Melana Chasmata, 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: "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."

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial
www.twitter.com/triptykon
www.hrgiger.com
www.hrgigermuseum.com


Century Media online:

www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
www.facebook.com/centurymedia





MARCH 14, 2014 - TRIPTYKON REVEAL TWO NEW TRACKS; MELANA CHASMATA AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Triptykon have just revealed the first two tracks from their upcoming album Melana Chasmata which will be released on April 14th in Europe and April 15thM= in North America. Click on the link below to listen to "Breathing" and "Boleskine House".

Pre-order the new album at CM Distro/CM Distro Europe: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD.





FEBRUARY 17, 2014 - "BREATHING" SINGLE DETAILS AND PRE-ORDER

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, through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records Ltd.

To commemorate the unveiling of Melana Chasmata, Century Media will release a collector's gatefold 7" vinyl single, featuring the songs Breathing and Boleskine House. The Breathing single will contain an approximate playing time of 13 (!) minutes and its cover artwork can be seen above.

The single will be available on March 17, 2014 via CM Distro and be limited to a pressing of 1000 units (800 copies in black vinyl and 200 copies in transparent red vinyl). As of today, you can pre-order the 7" from CM Distro at the following location: http://smarturl.it/triptykonCMD

Breathing and Boleskine House will also be available as a digital single (including the option for a digital booklet), and they will be streamed on YouTube and Soundcloud.

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

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".

Triptykon consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

Triptykon Live:

Bandsintown

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

Century Media online:

www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
www.facebook.com/centurymedia


Century Media Webshop:

www.cmdistro.com





FEBRUARY 7, 2014 - TRIPTYKON ANNOUNCE "MELANA CHASMATA" DETAILS

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, through 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.

To commemorate the unveiling of Melana Chasmata, Century Media will release a collector's gatefold 7" vinyl single, featuring the songs Breathing and Boleskine House. The single will be available on March 17, 2014, and be limited to a pressing 1000 (of which 200 will be in red vinyl). Breathing and Boleskine House will also be available as a digital single (including the option for a digital booklet), and they will be streamed on YouTube and Soundcloud.

Melana Chasmata will be further distinguished by featuring, for the second time for Triptykon, the extraordinary art of legendary Swiss surrealist HR Giger. Following Eparistera Daimones, the group began to make arrangements for an entirely different cover for the second album. Completely unexpectedly, HR Giger approached Tom Gabriel Warrior in October of 2011 to express his appreciation of how Triptykon had used his art on the first album and to propose a continuation of the artistic collaboration. This development thus marks the first time any musical artist has worked with HR Giger on three albums (Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion, and Triptykon's Eparistera Daimones and Melana Chasmata), and it commemorates a collaboration that has now lasted for 30 years.

Melana Chasmata features Giger's dramatically mysterious Mordor VII (work no. 283, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on wood, 1975) as a front cover and Giger's Landschaft XVI [Landscape XVI] (work no. 209, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1972) as gatefold art.

After a lengthy hiatus, Triptykon will return to the stage this year to promote Melana Chasmata. Among the concerts so far scheduled are appearances at the celebrated Roadburn Festival, at Rock Hard Festival, and, pending the issuance of the proper visas by US authorities, Triptykon's return to the United States for an exclusive appearance at Maryland Death Fest.

Triptykon consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

Triptykon Live:

Bandsintown

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

www.hrgiger.com
www.hrgigermuseum.com


Century Media online:

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http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
www.facebook.com/centurymedia





JANUARY 22, 2014 - R.I.P. OLIVER WITHÖFT

R.I.P. Oliver Withöft, co-owner of Century Media Records; long-time collaborator with Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon; and licensing partner to Prowling Death Records.





December 17, 2013 - "CONSUMED"

The following piece was originally posted today in Tom Gabriel Warrior's "Delineation II" blog, entitled "Consumed":

"Even the stars in the night sky appear faint, a year after my demise."

"We transferred to V. Santura’s Woodshed Studio near Landshut in southern Germany, a few days ago. It was a protracted and sometimes challenging drive through yet another freezing night obscured by often impenetrable fog, begun in Zurich after midnight and ending at Woodshed at 5:30 in the morning. A journey still rendered immensely pleasant due to the fact that it was Ascension’s Ar who drove, and the two of us shared both serious moments and inane humour during this nocturnal excursion."

"We are far into the tracking of guitars for Melana Chasmata by now, and one can sense the music for the album as it increasingly begins to breathe. Ar’s assistance in this production is indispensable, not least due to his expertise, intellect, and understanding."

"All that, and my Ibanez Tom Gabriel Warrior custom Iceman guitar has been retrieved from the claws of hell."





December 9, 2013 - "VISIONS OF MORTALITY"

The following piece was originally posted today in Tom Gabriel Warrior's "Visions of Mortality":

"These are photos I took on August 3, 2013, almost exactly 30 years after Hellhammer released the Triumph Of Death demo. They depict the remnants of the somewhat fabled Grave Hill bunker, the former rehearsal room of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, in Birchwil, Switzerland."

"I had been alerted some time ago that the building housing this bunker was scheduled to be demolished, but I did not know when this was supposed to take place. It was therefore utter coincidence that I arrived at the site exactly at the time it all was happening, during one of my regular mountain biking tours through the area where I grew up and subsequently attempted my earliest musical endeavours. It was difficult to come to terms with this scene, in spite of the advance warning. So many things had taken place here, many of which would much later reveal their significance with regard to the lives of all involved."

"I moved into this bunker in early 1982, with my first, utterly deficient band, Grave Hill. From the remnants of Grave Hill, Steve Warrior and I formed what would become Hellhammer, in May 1982. From its very first day to its very last, the new band was based in this putrid, mildewed bunker. Many of the earliest photos of Hellhammer were taken in it, and in June of 1983, we recorded the Death Fiend and Triumph Of Death demos there."

"As Hellhammer never played a concert, the only live performances ever witnessed of the band took place at this location, when our small circle of friends would attend some of our many rehearsal sessions and, particularly, when we honoured the arrival of the new year with a full set during the night of December 31, 1982, to January 1, 1983."

"In June of 1984, the newly created Celtic Frost played its very first practice session at the Grave Hill bunker, with short-time member Isaac Darso on drums. Only days later, we wrote both the music and lyrics for Procreation (Of The Wicked) there, after Stephen Priestly agreed to be our session drummer so we could complete the Morbid Tales album. Once again, some of the earliest photos of the band were taken within the walls of this concrete tomb. The same was true when drummer Reed St.Mark joined the group as a permanent member in early 1985."

"We rehearsed and arranged Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion and Into The Pandemonium albums there and practiced our music for our first extended tours in numerous endless sessions. Always accompanied by the bunker’s distinctive odour, and with instruments that would literally begin to rot if left there too long."

"The bunker also witnessed the band’s miserable dissolution and infinitely disgraceful subsequent downfall as 1988 dawned. But this was also the year Celtic Frost was asked to vacate the location, as the village’s civil defence organization was seeking to refurbish and repurpose the bunker. It couldn’t have been more symbolic."

"I visited this landmark of my personal path many times in later years, not least to take images when working on the Only Death Is Real book. I am glad now that I did. As I arrived there this August to be confronted with the scene depicted in the photos shown here, there was nothing left of the aura. Not a trace. The fact alone that all the trees around it had been cut down served to rob the place of any magic, even if one managed to disregard the debris-filled hole in the ground."

"The warning signs couldn’t detract me, of course. I climbed across the chunks of concrete and descended down to the damaged bunker. Parts of it had filled with water, but the former rehearsal room itself still remained largely untouched. It was deeply peculiar to see it like that. I stood at the same spot I always used to stand when looking back in to check if everything was in order before locking the door and leaving for home, so many years ago. After taking a few pictures, I gathered a few fragments from the debris to serve as personal reminders and then left."

"And every breath I take leaves a black void in my heart."





December 7, 2013 - "IN THE DAYS OF ARMAGEDDON"

The following piece was originally posted today in Tom Gabriel Warrior's "Delineation II" blog, entitled "In The Days Of Armageddon":

"In December 1983, during what I then unsurprisingly perceived as an exceptionally dark and cold winter, Bruce Day and I, at the time the sole two members of Hellhammer, descended upon a small studio located in a bunker in an equally small village near the northern border of Switzerland. Surrounded by extended orchards which, at that time of the year, appeared as rigid as stone, bare of leaves, frozen, and covered in snow, we began recording Hellhammer's third and final demo, Satanic Rites."

"We were inexperienced but utterly determined and fanatic. It was an extremely significant event for the group, as all our hopes for the future hinged on this demo. It was to provide evidence of a band undergoing a considerable transition. Just how important this document of the band’s musical state would actually be, however, we could have never known at the time. It would change no less than everything."

"That change, inconceivably, still reverberates. Triptykon's very inception, and perhaps more poignantly the manner in which said inception occurred, are by necessity still coupled to the events that unfolded during those mythical days. What's more, exactly three decades after the recording session described above, I am writing these words again in a bunker, not too far from Hellhammer's former rehearsal room, while recording Triptykon’s second album, Melana Chasmata."

"It is probably impossible to escape such thoughts when walking home from the sessions late at night, as the freezing fog extends down to the very ground, obscuring anything further away than a handful of steps. The roots of the music we are working on, albeit evolved substantially, are as unmistakable as they are inevitable. The darkness of this new album, and the darkness of this nightly scene; how closely do they match scenes I have lived through before."

"Top: the author of this blog in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 5, 2013, photographed by Corinne Kühne. Above: Triptykon's bunker during drum recording sessions, November 1, 2013, photographed by TGW."





December 6, 2013 - TRIPTYKON TO PERFORM AT GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2014

Triptykon will be returning to Belgium to perform at the 2014 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting. The event will take place between June 27th and June 29th.

More information may be found at: https://www.graspop.be/en





December 2, 2013 - TRIPTYKON CONFIRMED FOR ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2014

Triptykon has now been confirmed for the Rock Hard Festival 2014.





October 22, 2013 - TRIPTYKON TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM THROUGH PROWLING DEATH RECORDS/CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS IN APRIL 2014

Triptykon, the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior after his exit from Celtic Frost in 2008, is proud to announce that the groups' second album, titled Melana Chasmata, will be released on April 14 (Europe) and April 15 (North America), 2014. The album's release will take place through a collaboration between the group's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant 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".

Songwriting, arrangement, and recording sessions for Melana Chasmata have occurred, intermittently, since 2011. Among the music available for inclusion on the album are songs such as Boleskine House, Stasis, Gate To My Own Death, Demon Pact, Gehinnam, Tree Of Suffocated Souls, Unchristian Anthem, and many more. A final track listing for Melana Chasmata will be issued in due course, along with further details on both album and artwork.

Much like Eparistera Daimones, Melana Chasmata is being produced by Tom Gabriel Warrior and Triptykon guitarist V. Santura, and recorded and engineered by V. Santura at his own Woodshed Studio in Bavaria, Germany, as well as at Triptykon's bunker in Zurich, Switzerland.

Tom Gabriel Warrior: We have been working on Melana Chasmata for some three years, in various shapes and forms. It's not an easy album by any means, and to me personally it reflects an extremely complex gestation period, musically, spiritually, and, due to certain circumstances in my life, emotionally. At the same time, the album unquestionably reflects the continuity I was longing for so much during Celtic Frost's period of self-destruction and demise. Hearing Triptykon creating such utter darkness again and exploring the potential of these new songs has been incredibly invigorating and inspiring."

Triptykon consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

Triptykon Live 2014:

February 21 Bergen (Norway) – USF Verftet / Blastfest www.blastfest.no
April 13 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Roadburn Festival www.roadburn.com
April 30 Munich (Germany) – Backstage / Dark Easter Metal Meeting

More dates are to be announced soon…

Triptykon's concert agency is Twisted Talent (www.twisted-talent.com).

www.triptykon.net
www.facebook.com/triptykonofficial

www.centurymedia.com
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www.cmdistro.com
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September 24, 2013 - TRIPTYKON RETURNS 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 at that year's festival. 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, as well as Triptykon's first official life appearance. We felt very honoured by the confidence Roadburn placed in us, and the event will forever rank as one of the most significant experiences in the existence of Triptykon.

We are therefore 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 at the 013 venue, on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Tom Gabriel Warrior: "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 10 to Sunday, April 13 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.





September 23, 2013 - "HOMEWARDS"

The following piece was originally posted today in Tom Gabriel Warrior's "Homewards":

"The view across the street from Prowling Death Records Limited's office in North London, photographed in the course of a rainy November during the early days of Triptykon."

"Prowling Death Records was founded in early 1983 in my bedroom in Nürensdorf, Switzerland. I created it to release the first Hellhammer demos, "Death Fiend" and "Triumph Of Death". In December of 1983, we used it as a label for the final Hellhammer demo, "Satanic Rites". Resurrected in 2005 in the course of the re-emergence of Celtic Frost, the label became Prowling Death Records Limited in late 2009."

"In the years since 2005, Prowling Death Records, in a licensing cooperation with Century Media Records, has served as a label for albums and EPs by Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon. It will also be the label behind Triptykon's forthcoming album, again in cooperation with Century Media Records."





September 19, 2013 - "WOUNDS"

The following piece was originally posted today in Tom Gabriel Warrior's "Delineation II" blog, entitled "Wounds":

"As we emerge from Triptykon's bunker, the weather has undergone a dramatic change. Forceful autumn winds and wild gusts of rain have not only transformed the meagre remaining daylight into a mesmerizing blue-grey haze, they have indeed changed the entire atmosphere outside. It is as if the weather, by some invisible power, is emulating the music we are working on."

"My face immediately becomes drenched with rain, but I embrace it. It feels utterly refreshing. Enwombed underground, behind massive concrete walls, the endless hours of rehearsing and arranging these songs at full concentration and excessive volume has worn me to the point of pain. And now, within moments, the burden is vanishing, much like the ragged silhouettes of low, dark clouds that race by in the evening sky."

"It hasn't been easy to get to this point. But when the band is playing these new songs, it sounds astonishing. The album will be extremely colourful. And all of these colours will be dark."





October 2, 2012 - "MEH SUFF!" LIVE FOOTAGE AVAILABLE

Live footage is now available from Triptykon's performance at the Meh Suff! Metal Festival on September 7, 2012. Footage is courtesy of Lumbago Productions.





September 20, 2012 - "H.R. GIGER REVEALED" DVD FEATURING TRIPTYKON'S TOM GABRIEL WARRIOR

"H.R. Giger Revealed" is the first official DVD from world-renowned Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. This DVD contains original documentaries, interviews, animated movies, experimental films and much more. Triptykon's Tom Gabriel Warrior is among those who are interviewed for the primary documentary. Giger contributed his 1978 piece, "Vlad Tepes" (Work no. 412 [200 x 140]) as the cover artwork for Triptykon's debut, "Eparistera Daimones" (2010). For more information about the DVD and how to order it, click the link below:

H.R. Giger Revealed

For more information regarding H.R. Giger, visit the following sites:

www.hrgiger.com
www.littlegiger.com
www.hrgigermuseum.com
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