Triptykon

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Triptykon
Tom G. Warrior.jpg
Triptykon live in Zagreb, Croatia.
Background information
Origin Zurich, Switzerland
Genres Gothic metal, doom metal, black metal, death metal, avant-garde metal[1]
Years active 2008–present
Labels Prowling Death, Century Media
Associated acts Apollyon Sun, Celtic Frost, Dark Fortress, Hellhammer, Mind Funk
Website www.triptykon.net
Members Thomas Gabriel Fischer
V. Santura
Norman Lonhard
Vanja Slajh
Past members Reed St. Mark

Triptykon is a musical project of Thomas Gabriel Fischer, founding member of the pioneering heavy metal bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun. Fischer announced his departure from Celtic Frost in May 2008 and shortly afterwards revealed his new project would be entitled Triptykon.[2] The name of the band is a play on the word "triptych", because Triptykon is founding member Thomas Gabriel Fischer's third project after Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. The band logo is inspired by a writing pattern used in Weimar Republic.[3]

Triptykon will sound as close to Celtic Frost as is humanly possible, and the album I am working on will feature all the material I envisioned for the successor to Celtic Frost's Monotheist. I desire the album to be a darker, heavier and slightly more experimental development of Monotheist. The first audio sample, for the song "Crucifixus", can be heard on the band's official Myspace page, among others.

On August 5, 2009, Triptykon issued a press release indicating the recording of their debut album, Eparistera Daimones, would commence in the middle of August and continue through November, with a release in the spring of 2010.[4][5]

On December 21, 2009, Triptykon issued a new press release to reveal Prowling Death Records Ltd. entered into a licensing agreement with Century Media Records to release Eparistera Daimones on March 22, 2010.[6]

A follow-up EP, entitled Shatter, was released on October 25, 2010.[7] A music video for the song Shatter has also been released.

It was announced on October 22, 2013 that the new album will be titled Melana Chasmata.[8]

On February 7, 2014, Melana Chasmata's release date was revealed as being on April 14, 2014.[9]

History[edit]

Many fans of CF understand that this positive tragedy and unprecedented events speak for themselves; After the demise of Celtic Frost so to say, Warrior wished to continue his musical endeavors using his signature DIY style he had developed within the initial blueprints of CF at the pinnacle of his songwriting development as a platform to construct his new project that was seemingly deemed "the successor" to both Monotheist and Celtic Frost generally speaking and utilizing new talent along with the familiar face of V. Santura of Dark Fortress who had previously worked with the Warrior as the lead guitarist of Celtic Frost's 2007 tour before the band ceased existence.

A general motivation that Warrior used to highlight the voice of this project; was that everything set in motion had to serve its own presence to preserve the purpose of Triptykon in a very diversified approach with much commendable songwriting & overall musical precision. Apparently; the biggest concern of the project Warrior held in highest regard was that the last thing he wanted was for the completion of his musical Triptych (as a dynamic songwriter) to depict an epitome of ego such as the "Tom Warrior Solo Project to rebound on" or maybe "just another boring Black Metal Supergroup combining Death/Doom genres" as opposed to the artistic goal of an actual real Band contributed effort considering that there is no collaboration with the members that belonged to the sleeping giant that is blatantly Celtic Frost alienating itself from what it once was.

The occultism, Lovecraftian tales, esoteric styled narratives, dark spiritual surrealism, gothic imagery, anti-religious, anti-Christian, theatrical innovation & satanic concepts are still present within Triptykon as they always were (prominent subject matters and driving force of the entity that are contained) in Celtic Frost, the sound indeed does lean towards CF styled ambient keyboard atmospheres with a Dark Ambient or Octave Drone approach, CF styled black metal and a more modern approach to the sound and typical primitive styles of Hellhammer.

For an example:

The production is a lot more clear to highlight detail (which is the rawness of the music's character) with a very organic approach without depending on numerous pedals & effects acting out the role of "brick and mortar", instead they are included as an integral part to achieve Triptykon's distinct expression that distinguishes itself from Celtic Frost while remaining in its very vein as a separate entity or the heir to the throne.

Other examples:

All songs on Monotheist & Triptykon are all played in the classic detuned B Standard tuning utilizing a similar atmosphere to that of E Standard; however their artistic emphasis focuses more upon slower movements of the compositions within the instrumental articulation of the drums, the picking techniques & the blatant baritone vocal rasps as well as preserving the purpose of clean tones that were first showcased on "Into The Pandemonium" with the spoken word poetry incorporated into the 1987 effort while still containing the typical Celtic Frost speed metal up tempos in addition to the new preference (as all CF LP's before Monotheist were all played in E Standard in highly dexterous tempos). The incoherently dark/atmospheric wah wah "solo" passages (with the use of chromatic tapping or picking) that are found in the entire Hellhammer discography as well as all CF albums before 1987 are much more present within Triptykon than Monotheist with the addition of V. Santura as Warrior has stated in the past that he is more of a rhythm guitar player than a Lead guitarist as he cannot accurately recall on how he played and wrote most of his solos on his previous works at the zenith of his career.

V. Santura welcomes a new atmosphere to the band and Warriors signature sound by incorporating the traditional dark/eerie/melancholic single picked arpeggios found within "To Mega Therion" or typical Black Metal harmonies in general that are extremely rare to find in Celtic Frost; let alone showcasing clean guitar tones as well as acoustic guitars, the vocal style of Santura uses sounds that are more snare as opposed to baritone and they blend well with the characteristics of what Triptykon is with exceptional musicianship. The Drum and bass sounds are sometimes the main instruments of the compositions while the guitars are fillers or the guitars take the wheel while the Drum and Bass tones sit in the back seat as the band is alternating between the two variations to create a unique musical experience.

The unique factor of the vocal techniques incorporated into Triptykon undoubtedly is that Thomas Gabriel Fischer's voice over the years has naturally become very baritone; on the other hand, his clean tones sound as crisp and pristine as they did 30 years ago on "Into The Pandemonium" which draws much fascination from all fans and critics alike.

Members[edit]

Current
  • Thomas Gabriel Fischer - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, programming (2008–present)
  • V. Santura - lead guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Vanja Slajh - bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Norman Lonhard - drums, percussion (2009–present)
Former

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
FIN
[10]
SWI
[11]
GER
[12]
JPN
[13]
NLD
[14]
FRA
[15]
USA
[16]
UK
[17]
Eparistera Daimones
  • Released: 22 March 2010
  • Label: Prowling Death, Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[18]
28 73 81 264
Melana Chasmata
  • Released: 14 April 2014
  • Label: Prowling Death, Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[20]
16 32 69 294 11 162 171 103
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Title EP details Peak chart positions
FIN
[10]
Shatter
  • Released: 25 October 2010
  • Label: Prowling Death, Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[22]
8
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Single details
Breathing
  • Released: 17 March 2014
  • Label: Prowling Death, Century Media
  • Formats: CD, LP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gorania, Jay H. "Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones Review - Review of Eparistera Daimones by Triptykon - About.com". About.com. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Former CELTIC FROST Frontman Launches TRIPTYKON". roadrunnerrecords.com. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ "TALKIN' TRIPTYKON WITH TOM G. (WARRIOR) FISCHER - MetalSucks". MetalSucks. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Thomas Gabriel Fischer (2009-08-05). "Triptykon Press Release". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Triptykon To Begin Recording Debut Album". metalunderground.com. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  6. ^ Thomas Gabriel Fischer (2009-12-21). "Triptykon Press Release". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  7. ^ "Former Triptykon Press Release". fischerisdead.blogspot.com. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Triptykon Press Release". fischerisdead.blogspot.com. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Triptykon Press Release". fischerisdead.blogspot.com. 2014-02-07. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  10. ^ a b http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/midprice/2010/44
    http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/albumit/2010/13
    http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/albumit/2014/17
  11. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=triptykon&cat=a
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Knstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de". musicline.de. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "gveBR̃AoドLO". ORICON STYLE. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  14. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/search.asp?search=triptykon&cat=a
  15. ^ http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=triptykon&cat=a
  16. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Triptykon - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/140426cluk.txt
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Eparistera Daimones by Triptykon". iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Triptykon: 'Eparistera Daimones' First Week Chart Positions Revealed - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - Melana Chasmata by Triptykon". iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-625-the-fault-in-our-stars-in-stereo
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-618-can-we-get-a-hellyeah
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-612-the-charts-get-fcked-up
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-64-a-kiss-torical-week-of-sales
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-529-16-million-metallica-fans-cant-be-wrong
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-521-people-still-really-like-mushroomhead
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-514-nothing-that-magic-about-this-week
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-57-whitechapel-break-into-the-top-10
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-430-the-charts-have-seen-better-days
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-423-charts-get-sevendust-ed
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Shatter - EP by Triptykon". iTunes. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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