TRIPTYKON — the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) — will play its final concerts with drummer Norman Lonhard at Spain's Leyendas Del Rock and Germany's Party.San festivals later this month.
TRIPTYKON says in a statement: "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 lineup, 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 endeavors. 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: [email protected]
Please note that this e-mail address will only respond to serious inquiries regarding the above-mentioned topic.
TRIPTYKON's second album, "Melana Chasmata", was released in April 2014. 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 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.