Former CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has issued the following update:
"As paper absorbs life, drained to become conception...
"I took time off today from what has been an increasingly eventful string of weeks to attend the opening reception of Remedy For The Living, the first solo exhibition by exceptional New York artist and extraordinary friend Vincent Castiglia. The works shown in Remedy For The Living, painted with the artist's own blood, are exhibited at the gallery of the Museum HR Giger in Gruyères, Switzerland, a fact which made the event even more significant for Vincent. The exhibition will continue until March 2009."
TRIPTYKON's lineup also features Reed St. Mark (ex-CELTIC FROST), V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) and Vanja Slay. The first audio sample, a track called "Crucifixus", can be heard on TRIPTYKON's official MySpace page.
Commented Fischer: "TRIPTYKON will sound as close to CELTIC FROST as is humanly possible, and the album I am working on will feature all the material I envisioned for the successor to [CELTIC FROST's] 'Monotheist'. I desire the album to be a darker, heavier, and slightly more experimental development of 'Monotheist'.
"'Crucifixus' is but one of many compositions to that end. TRIPTYKON is not defined by just this one song, however, just like CELTIC FROST was not defined by 'Totengott' alone."
Fischer announced his departure from CELTIC FROST in April, citing "the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious."
It was reported earlier in the year that CELTIC FROST was putting together an album tentatively titled "Monotheist Companion" that will feature unreleased songs from 2006's "Monotheist" sessions and rearrangements of tracks from the album.