14 August 2010

Triptykon announce new EP release

(NB: I know people will be asking 'Why is he writing about an extreme metal band on BPB?' Well, let me tell you. There are a lot of great bands in extreme metal doing amazingly progressive material...Enslaved, Opeth, Ihsahn, Moonsorrow, and so on. In a lot of cases, these bands can trace back their entry into the scene to Celtic Frost. CF was one of the first bands to really change things up in black/death/extreme metal, and while I know that the label avant garde is not necessarily accurate for them, Thomas Gabriel Fischer (nee Warrior) is certainly a musician with a singular vision of his music, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to realise it. String sections, operatic female vocals, there's little he won't do for his songs. To my mind, while Triptykon's debut release Eparistera Daimones is certainly brutal and doomy, there's some interesting things going on under the murky surface...enough so that I am not at all afraid to call it progressive.

I'll be reviewing the album soon in a bit of an extreme metal showcase.

And now, the press release.)

Triptykon, the group formed by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Warrior, is to follow its highly acclaimed debut album Eparistera Daimones with the release of Shatter, an all-new 5-track EP, on October 25 (Europe) and 26 (North America), 2010.

At a playing time of approximately 28 minutes, Shatter will consist almost entirely of previously unreleased music. The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. "Shatter"

2. "I Am The Twilight"

3. "Crucifixus"

(Recorded during the Eparistera Daimones album sessions in 2009. "Crucifixus" appears in a newly mixed and mastered version.)

4. "Circle Of The Tyrants" (Live)

5. "Dethroned Emperor" (Live)

(Cover versions of Celtic Frost songs, recorded live during Triptykon's headliner performance at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on April 16, 2010. "Dethroned Emperor" features guest lead vocals by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone/Sarke.)

Triptykon's Shatter EP will be available through Century Media Records (under license from Prowling Death Records Ltd.) as CD, digital download, and 12" vinyl (at 33⅓ rpm). The EP will further contain the lyrics to all songs as well as detailed liner notes and credits.

1 comment:

Chris Flieder said...

And indeed they are more "progressive" than 95% of the bands that are filed under "Prog Rock" and sound like early Genesis :-)