Triptykon’s Tom G. Warrior Recording Debut Niryth Album; Triptykon Live Release Near Completion

Triptykon and former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost mastermind Tom G. Warrior has revealed that he is currently working on the debut Niryth album in Switzerland with Triptykon/ex Celtic Frost guitarist V. Santura. In a post on his blog, Delineation II, he said:

“Wednesday evening, late at night, and I am sitting in my spartan room in an exceptionally old-fashioned countryside inn, located in a tiny Bavarian village surrounded by endless fields and forests covered in lingering snow. We have just finished the third day this week of recording and mixing sessions at Triptykon guitarist V. Santura’s equally remote Woodshed Studio. It is a pleasant feeling of accomplishment that fills me this evening, after many months of frequently challenging work on music and lyrics behind the scenes.

“These past few days, we finished all vocal recordings for Niryth’s initial recorded music and then began mixing the material. Only one of the songs remains to be mixed tomorrow. And we also completed the recording sessions for V. Santura’s pilot lead guitar and my pilot vocals for the final, major part of the Celtic Frost/Triptykon Requiem. I am deeply grateful to V. Santura for his graceful patience and considerable talent, without which neither the Requiem nor Niryth’s sessions would have yielded such unique results.

“And when V. Santura and I sent the Niryth mixes to my songwriting partner and group co-founder Mia Wallace, who was unable to attend these sessions due to a prior and inescapable commitment, her emotionally positive reaction confirmed that we appear to be on the right path with this project.”

Niryth is a new project from Warrior which features three bassists (including himself) and no guitars. He’s joined in the group by Triptykon bassist Vanja Slajh and Mia Wallace (of The True Endless, Skoll and currently of the Hellhammer spin off Triumph Of Death and live bassist for former Immortal frontman Abbath,) as well as drummer Pidi Leuenberger.

In addition to this, Warrior revealed in a previous blog post that he has been working on a live Triptykon release entitled, “Requiem.” It’s not yet known if this will be a CD/download or home video release. In his blog, he stated:

“At long last, after some extremely regrettable delays due to my commitment to the deadline to finish the music for Triptykon’s forthcoming Requiem live concert, we are now close to completing Niryth’s initial recording sessions. This was originally scheduled to take place by the end of last year, and I deeply regret having been the cumbersome obstacle in meeting this goal.

“The music Mia Wallace and I have written for Niryth has by now become a measure darker than it originally appeared to transpire, not least due to the vocals. It is monolithic and delicate at the same time, heavy and enigmatically melodic, mesmerisingly grooving while often psychedelic. And we are working on more.”

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Tom Warrior’s Triumph Of Death To Perform Hellhammer Set At Hellfest 2019

Hellhammer existed for a mere two years, from May 1982 to May 1984. During this time, the band wrote material for three demos, one 12″ EP, and the legendary Death Metal compilation album, along with a number of unrecorded songs.

In light of Hellhammer’s now mythically iconic status in the global metal scene, it is almost inconceivable that most of this music has never been performed live.

Hellhammer’s successor group, Celtic Frost, formed by ex-Hellhammer members Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain, initially played two of Hellhammer’s songs but soon abandoned this habit due to the band rapidly developing its own material. Tom Gabriel Warrior’s Triptykon, founded in 2008, have played one or the other rare Hellhammer song during special occasions. The vast body of Hellhammer’s work remains unperformed, however.

Until now.

The resurrection of the music of Hellhammer has been an idea Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain have discussed for many years, sparked not least by their renewed collaboration in the reformed Celtic Frost in the 2000s and by the years of work on Warrior’s second book Only Death Is Real (2009), which details the history of Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost.

Tom Gabriel Warrior: “Hellhammer will never return and will never be reformed. It is absolutely impossible to reform a band so closely linked to a very specific and unique period in time. I never considered it, no matter how substantial the offers that were pitched to me over the years. But Hellhammer’s music exists, and it is an extremely important part of my life’s path. And I would like to play it onstage before my demise.”

The first step towards the realization of Triumph Of Death, named after Hellhammer’s most infamous song and intended to be a very respectful and authentic tribute to Hellhammer, were taken years ago. Triumph Of Death consists of some of Warrior’s closest friends; individuals who not only love this music but truly understand it. The line-up emulates Hellhammer’s final incarnation of April/May 1984, when the group had added an additional guitarist.

Triumph Of Death will commence playing Hellhammer’s music onstage in 2019. It is a project with an open end. Apart from wage considerations to perhaps release an occasional live EP, Triumph Of Death will not record any new music but is solely dedicated to performing both well-know and obscure Hellhammer songs. The project is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Triumph of Death will perform live at the Hellfest Open Air Festival on June 21st, 2019.

Triumph Of Death:
Tom Gabriel Warrior (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Triptykon) – voice/guitars
Mia Wallace (Niryth, The True Endless, Kirlian Camera) – bass
Michael Zech (Secrets Of The Moon, Odem Arcarum) – guitar/vocals
Alessandro Commerio (Forgotten Tomb, Hiems) – drums

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Devil Master Debut New Music Video “Obscene Charade”

Relapse Records announce their signing of Philadelphia’s Devil Master. A new video for the band’s track “Obscene Charade” is streaming below.

The death rock/black metal/punk hybrid band commented of their new label home:

“Relapse Records‘ store in Philly was crucial to all of us growing up scoring Bathory, Celtic Frost, Danzig etc merch, corrupting and burning an eternal impression in our then fragile minds that has gone unmatched. It’s an honor to be able to work with Relapse Records and Arthur Rizk, two titans of the underground, on our upcoming debut LP in spreading the spells that DEVIL IS YOUR MASTER!!!”

The band also have the following live dates scheduled:

09/20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (feat. Cloven Hoof)
09/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (‘Metal Punk Death Fest‘)
10/12 Toronto, ON – Not Dead Yet Fest
10/13 Detroit, MI – The Precinct
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Rock Room
10/20 Philadelphia, PA – Ukie Club (‘Street Metal Massacre‘)
10/31 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar (feat. Christian Death)
01/11 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery (feat. Integrity & Genocide Pact)

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Decibel announces final lineup of Metal and Beer Fest LA

– August 20th, 2018 –

All tickets on-sale now

The third and final wave of bands and breweries for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles, set for December 1 and 2 at the Wiltern, completes the cast for the inaugural west coast event with daily lineups announced and all ticket options now available as well. Industrial metal legends Godflesh join the bill along with trad metal revivalists Pounder and blackened hardcore pack Wolf King. They’ll be united with brewery additions Modern Times (CA), Metal Monkey (IL) and Ghost Town (CA).

“We are super excited to be working with our friends from Decibel on this year’s Metal & Beer Fest,” says Brian Slagel, CEO of Metal Blade Records, the festival’s presenting sponsor. “It will be a great time and we are honored to again be working with everyone at Decibel magazine.”

Headliners include thrash legends Testament, who will play a special set of both their classic The New Order and The Gathering records in full, along with the Tom Gabriel Fischer-led Triptykon performing a special all-Celtic Frost set. American melodic death metal kingpins The Black Dahlia Murder, grind heroes Pig Destroyer, revered doom trio YOB, new thrash gods Power Trip, doom ‘n’ rollers Khemmis, death metal upstarts Skeletal Remains, Bay Area bruisers Necrot, heavy metal new jacks Haunt and craft beer-obsessed extreme metal veterans Trappist round out the band lineup.

“I’m sure we’ll see fans travel from all corners of the planet to witness this heavily overdue set!” exclaims Testament guitarist Eric Peterson. “Get your tickets quick! You won’t wanna miss this event. A gathering of the new order is upon us!”

Not to be outdone, the country’s most metal breweries will converge in a maelstrom of malt madness! Featured breweries Unibroue (CAN), Phantom Carriage (CA), Three Weavers (CA) and Weyerbacher (PA) will be joined by flagship breweries Three Floyds (IN), TRVE (CO), Brash (TX), Adroit Theory (VA), Burial (NC), Hoof Hearted (OH), Societe (CA), Left Hand Brewing (CO), Hydra Brewing (SD) and Wayfinder (OR), while Wake (IL) and Black Sands (CA) will make their first Decibel Metal & Beer Fest pours. And just like when the musicians in the night’s best bands hang out before and after their sets, the metalheads that make these skull-crushing high-gravity beers will be headbanging along during the festivities, ready to toast exclusive samples and, of course, talk metal and beer.

Single-day and two-day tickets are now on sale. Visit decibelmagazine.com for tickets and more information.

Daily Lineups:
Saturday, Dec. 1
Testament (performing The Gathering and The New Order)
The Black Dahlia Murder
Pig Destroyer
Khemmis
Necrot
Pounder
Trappist

Sunday, Dec. 2
Triptykon (performing an all-Celtic Frost set)
Godflesh
YOB
Power Trip
Skeletal Remains
Haunt
Wolf King

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Triptykon Frontman Thomas Gabriel Fischer’s Arm Broken In ‘Unprovoked, Drug-Fuelled’ Attack

The right arm of Triptykon mainman Thomas Gabriel Fischer (ex-Celtic Frost) was broken this past weekend in what he describes as “an unprovoked, ultra-violent, and drug-fuelled attack.”

Comments Fischer of the attack and the healing process:

“Once my right arm, shattered in an unprovoked, ultra-violent, and drug-fuelled attack, has healed sufficiently, I will again be able to tend to the rapidly accumulating mails in a far more timely manner. According to the doctors who are tending to me, this should occur sometime in August.

As my arm is entombed in a full-length cast right now, I am rather clumsy with my utterly unprepared left hand, and writing (and everything else) is a quite challenging proposition at the moment. The hospital staff felt sufficient pity to at least provide me with a suitably black cover for the cast.

And for those inevitably curious, yes, I was ultimately able to regain the initiative and defend myself, with a broken arm and in spite of being disadvantaged due to the element of surprise and the ferocity of the attack. True to his obvious disposition as a coward, the attacker swiftly took flight when he realized I was subsequently going for his life.

I had certainly pictured my return home from the extraordinary 20th anniversary celebrations of the Museum HR Giger to take an entirely different course. Alas, this is the real world, and these are the realities of life.

I detest violence, and I equally detest the effects of alcohol and drugs which solely serve to amplify the grave shortcomings of us members of the human race.

We will not cancel any Triptykon concerts, of course, but I will only be able to sing at the moment, returning to the guitar as the speed of my recovery will permit.”

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Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer To Play Los Angeles ‘Decibel Metal & Beer Fest’

The ‘Decibel Metal & Beer Fest‘ will be held this December 01st-02nd at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to a variety of craft beers being represented, the festival will feature the following live acts:

Testament (performing “New Order” and “The Gathering“)
Triptykon (playing a Celtic Frost set)
Pig Destroyer
YOB
Power Trip
Skeletal Remains
Necrot
Haunt

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Totengott Premiere New Video For “Satan Beside You” From Latest Album “Doppelgänger”

Spain’s Celtic Frost worshipping metal outfit Totengott premiere a new video for “Satan Beside You”, taken from their latest effort “Doppelgänger”, out in stores via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Satan Beside You” below.

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Triptykon/Former Celtic Frost Frontman Tom Warrior Comments On Martin Ain’s Death

Following the news earlier today that former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost bass player Martin Eric Ain has died at the age of fifty, his former bandmate Tom G. Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior,) has posted his thoughts online via his blog.

“I am deeply affected by Martin Eric Ain’s passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982. My life will be painfully incomplete without his existence.

“Today, when Reed and I talked about Martin’s death on the phone, Reed said to me: “Now, there’s only the two of us.” It completely broke my heart.”

To read the full post, head to the fischerisdead blogspot page.

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Celtic Frost Co-Founder Martin Ain Passes Away Aged 50

Reports are beginning to surface that Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, the bassist and co-founder of Celtic Frost, has passed away at the age of 50 due to a heart attack. We will have more updates on this soon, as many of the sites reporting it are in German.

Ain began his long and successful, if times turbulent working relationship with Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior) when he joined Hellhammer in the early 80s, before the two formed Celtic Frost. He performed on a number of seminal albums including, “Morbid Tales,” “Into the Pandemonium” and the superb comeback album, “Monotheist,” on which he handled lead vocals for the single, “A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh.” Celtic Frost disbanded in 2008 for the second time and Ain focused on other endeavours including running a DVD store and a bar.

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Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost): “I Have No Respect For Record Companies”

Spain’s TNT Radio Rock recently conducted an interview with members of Triptykon – the occult/avantgarde metal outfit formed by ex-Celtic Frost mainman Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior) at this year’s edition of the Leyendas Del Rock festival, which was held past summer at Polideportivo Municipal de Villena in Villena, Spain. You can watch the entire chat in the video below.

Being asked about the recent BMG/Noise reissues of Celtic Frost’s seminal catalog, a campaign Fischer ultimately withdrew his endorsement from because of disagreements on the content on his liner notes, Fischer states:

“I had some disagreements with BMG Records who own the rights to these albums these days, but it’s of minor importance. It was a disagreement of what should be in the booklet and what should not. It’s nothing new in the recording industry that the record company doesn’t have the same opinion as the recording artist. But as far as the sound is concerned, I’m very proud of what we’ve done, most of the credit has to go to Victor Santura. I’m very proud of the achievement.”

“I have no respect for record companies. I started in the 1980s worshipping – I wanted a record deal – I worshiped record companies. They represented, to me, the key to becoming a musician, which was my dream. But after thirty-five years of learning about myself, I’ve seen the realities of the music industry. We are fortunate enough to work with our own record company, so we have all the freedom in the world. Because we have our own record company, we can work at a very high level and professional. I don’t like to work with companies who work on a lower level of professionalism. So I sometimes lose my patience when somebody doesn’t work at the level we are used to. I didn’t spend thirty-five years in the industry to deliver mediocre. If I wanted to release something, whether it’s an old Celtic Frost album or a new Triptykon, I would like it to reflect myself or the artist on one hand. On the other hand, it should reflect the highest level of quality possible. If somebody fails to do that, yes, I’m unhappy. I think that’s a very natural instinct. My name is on the record. If a record company fucks up, my name is still on there.”

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