TRIPTYKON, the group founded by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior, will tour North America with 1349 and YAKUZA in October. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 06 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 07 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
Oct. 08 - Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
Oct. 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
Oct. 10 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufunes Électriques
Oct. 11 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Oct. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Oct. 16 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct. 17 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 19 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 22 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Oct. 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Oct. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Oct. 25 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Oct. 27 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Oct. 28 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
Oct. 29 - Austin, TX @ Emo´s Outside
Oct. 30 - Houston, TX @ The Warsaw
Commented Tom Gabriel Warrior: "Ever since my earliest days in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country.
"Of the 125 concerts performed on the final CELTIC FROST tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career. It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group TRIPTYKON to North America for the first time.
"TRIPTYKON is further pursuing the path I once began with HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity."
TRIPTYKON performed at the Roadburn festival, which was held April 15-17 at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
TRIPTYKON's setlist was as follows:
01. Crucifixus (taped intro)
03. Babylon Fell
04. Circle Of The Tyrants
05. Abyss Within My Soul
06. Procreation (Of The Wicked)
07. Dethroned Emperor
09. Necromantical Screams
10. The Usurper
11. Synagoga Satanae
12. The Prolonging
"Eparistera Daimones", the debut album by TRIPTYKON, registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe:
"Eparistera Daimones" sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 27 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Eparistera Daimones" was released as a deluxe mediabook CD edition (including a 28-page booklet and extensive liner notes) as well as a gatefold double LP via Century Media Records under exclusive license from Prowling Death Records Ltd..
"Eparistera Daimones" is not only musically a leviathan. Remarkably, the album also features the epic artwork by renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger and New York-based surrealist Vincent Castiglia.
In an exceptionally rare gesture, H.R. Giger has granted TRIPTYKON the use of his dramatic painting "Vlad Tepes" (work no. 412, 200 x 140 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1978). It is the artist's first authorized appearance on an album cover in 17 years, and the second time he collaborates with Warrior (following CELTIC FROST's "To Mega Therion" album in 1985).
Vincent Castiglia contributes "Triptykon", a specially created portrait of the members of the group, painted in the artist's own blood (86 x 86 cm, blood/iron oxide on archival paper, 2009). As Castiglia aptly put it, the amalgamation of works by H.R. Giger, Vincent Castiglia, and TRIPTYKON on "Eparistera Daimones" forms a creative triptych in itself.
"Eparistera Daimones" also features detailed credits, full lyrics and extensive liner notes to all songs.
TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals),Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion),Vanja Slajh (bass),and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars). The group has unambiguously stated that it pursues the continuation and further development of the path Warrior began in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST.
For further information, visit www.triptykon.net.