Obscura Posts Third Making Of “Diluvium” Video Online

German progressive death metal band Obscura has posted the third episode in their series of videos online chronicling the making of their most recent studio album,”Diluvium.” You can check it out below. The album was released last month through Relapse Records and was produced by Triptykon/Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura in the group’s hometown of Landshut. It is also their first album to feature guitarist Rafael Trujillo, who joined in 2015.

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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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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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Triptykon Seeking New Drummer, Announces Festival Shows

Triptykon made the following statement announcing upcoming festival appearances and the search for a new drummer:

“We feel very honored to have been invited to play Spain’s Leyendas del Rock and Germany’s Party.San festivals this August. Both festivals hold a unique significance for Triptykon: our concert at Leyendas del Rock will mark the first time Triptykon will play in Spain, fulfilling a desire we have had for quite some time.

“The return to Party.San is equally important for us. Triptykon’s first appearance at the festival, in August of 2011, was heavily marred by the unexpected shutdown of the main stage due to storm damage, and by a number of local organizational issues. Party.San is a truly extraordinary festival in our eyes, and we feel privileged and delighted to be given the opportunity to finally honour it with a proper concert.

“But these two festivals are significant to us for yet another, far more personal reason. These will be the final concerts we will play with our drummer, Norman Lonhard. Norman joined Triptykon in December of 2008, thereby completing the freshly formed band. He recorded two acclaimed albums, an EP, and a single with the group, appeared in all of Triptykon’s video clips, and performed uncounted concerts around the globe with us.

“We are proud of Triptykon’s exceedingly stable line-up, not least in light of some of the events that transpired in Triptykon’s predecessor, Celtic Frost. It reflects Triptykon’s internal spirit of harmony that this first departure of a member of the group occurs in true friendship and deep mutual respect. After eight and a half years of invoking supreme darkness with Triptykon onstage and in the studio, Norman has indicated his desire to explore different musical avenues in the future. It is a wish we fully understand, of course, but also one we bemoan on a personal level.

“We all wish Norman the very best for any and all of his future endeavours. He will forever remain one of us. Triptykon is thus now looking for a new drummer, before continuing work on the group’s third album and returning to the world’s stages. We are taking the required technical capabilities for granted, and we are completely open with regard to age and female and male applicants. Of decisive importance to us, however, are uniqueness, an unrestricted musical horizon, creativity, artistic courage, a stable and professional personality, and an appearance that reflects the group’s music and unique historic background.

“Interested parties may contact Triptykon through this e-mail address: triptykonswitzerland[at]gmx.ch. Please note that this e-mail address will only respond to serious inquiries regarding the above mentioned topic.”

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Pro-Shot Live Footage Of Arch Enemy & Triptykon At 2016 “Wacken Open Air”

Pro-shot footage from this weekend’s “Wacken Open Air” festival in Germany is streaming below. Below you can watch the entire live sets from Arch Enemy & Triptykon:

Arch Enemy – Live @ Wacken 2016 – Full Concert:

Triptykon – Live @ Wacken 2016 – Full Concert:

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Winterhorde Posts “Maestro” Title Track Lyric Video

A new lyric video for “Maestro” just came online from Winterhorde’s upcoming album of the same name. The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu and can be seen below, while “Maestro” is due to drop May 20th.

The album was recorded by Alex Feldman in Sound Studios, Tel Aviv, with mixing handled by V.Santura (Obscura, Triptykon, Secrets of the Moon) and mastering by Jens Bogren (Amorphis, Katatonia, Amon Amarth).

“Maestrom” features guest appearances from Jirí BigBoss Valter (Root) and Peter Huss (Shining). Pre-orders are online now at this location.

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Winterhorde Working On Upcoming Album “Maestro”

Israeli progressive extreme metal band Winterhorde has inked a deal with Metal Age Productions to re-release sophomore album “Underwatermoon,” which was released originally by Twilight-Vertrieb in 2010.

The CD will be released worldwide, except for Russian Federation and other CIS territories, where Moscow-based label Fono will be releasing it.

Winterhorde is about to enter the studio on April 2nd to start tracking third album “Maestro.” The album will be recorded and co-produced again by producer V.Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon, Obscura).

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Triptykon – New video clip for “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”; Touring commencing soon

On the eve of returning to the stage in their native Switzerland after an absence of more than two years, and two weeks before embarking on a tour of Europe with At The Gates, Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act Triptykon are debuting a new visualization of a song off their acclaimed second album, Melana Chasmata. […]

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Triptykon – New video clip for “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”; Touring commencing soon

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Live Stream Of Rock Hard Festival Available This Weekend

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

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

21.30 – 23.00 TRIPTYKON
19.45 – 21.00 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER

Saturday, June 7th:

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

Sunday, June 8th:

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

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Triptykon Cancels Maryland Deathfest 2014 Appearance Over H.R. Giger’s Death

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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