Elliot Paisley of EQPTV conducted an interview with former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
"Aurorae", the new video from TRIPTYKON, was directed by Philipp Hirsch, who previously collaborated with the band on their highly acclaimed "Shatter" clip. It was filmed earlier this year in Leipzig, Germany. As was the case with "Shatter", the "Aurorae" clip is based on concepts by Hirsch and Warrior.
The "Aurorae" video 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/Prowling Death. Moreover, the end of the year will see TRIPTYKON embark on a major European tour with AT THE GATES.
"Aurorae" is taken from TRIPTYKON's second album, "Melana Chasmata", which was released on April 15 (one day earlier internationally). The CD was made available through a collaboration between TRIPTYKON's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership 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).
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.
"Melana Chasmata" is further distinguished by featuring, for the second time for TRIPTYKON, the extraordinary art of recently deceased 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 marked the first time any musical artist had 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 had lasted for 30 years.
TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).