Starting on March 15, 2010, TRIPTYKON fans in Germany who are too impatient to wait for the release of the band's first album, "Eparistera Daimones", will have a chance to listen to the CD at a nearby branch of the Saturn store.
This is how it works: Postcard-size flyers can be found at the information desk of Saturn's CD section. These flyers contain information regarding TRIPTYKON's album (if there are no flyers left, fans may ask the staff to provide more). The flyers also feature the barcode of "Eparistera Daimones".
To listen to the album, simply hold the barcode under the scanner of the listening terminal and the album will begin to play.
TRIPTYKON is the group founded by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior.
"Eparistera Daimones" will be released as deluxe mediabook CD edition (including a 28-page booklet and extensive liner notes) as well as gatefold double LP via Century Media Records under exclusive license from Prowling Death Records Ltd. on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy: March 19
Spain, U.S.: Tuesday, March 23
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: March 24
U.K., Benelux, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Rest Of Europe: March 22
Short audio samples of all nine songs that will appear on "Eparistera Daimones" are available for streaming on Amazon.com.
"Eparistera Daimones" is not only musically a leviathan. Remarkably, the album will also feature 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.
Comments H.R. Giger: "I am very proud to work with TRIPTYKON. My art hasn't appeared on an album cover for quite some time, and I feel honored to have been approached by Tom about such a collaboration for TRIPTYKON's very first release."
Adds Vincent Castiglia: "It's been a tremendous honor to work with both TRIPTYKON and H.R. Giger on the forthcoming release of 'Eparistera Daimones'. It was a project of enormous depth for me, conceptually as well as visually. I think the resonance between TRIPTYKON's music, Giger's art, and my work is extremely powerful, and it coalesces in quite an amazing, and singular way."
States Tom Gabriel Warrior: "We feel deeply privileged to be able to adorn our very first album with the work of two artists we respect enormously. To us, their astonishing contributions convey significant symbolism both with respect to our personal frame of mind as well as for this particular album and its history.
"It is an immense pleasure to be able to work with H.R. Giger again. He was one of our most significant mentors during the days of HELLHAMMER and early CELTIC FROST, and he is an extraordinary human being and an artist without equal.
"Vincent Castiglia has become a close friend in recent years, and we both sensed that the time had come to create something truly unique together. I am infinitely grateful that he has lent us his incredible talent, not least because I know he incorporates as much passion, darkness, and pain into his work as I do, too."
"Eparistera Daimones" will also feature detailed credits, full lyrics and extensive liner notes to all songs.
The CD will feature the following nine songs, at a playing time of around 70 minutes:
02. Abyss Within My Soul
03. In Shrouds Decayed
05. A Thousand Lies
07. Myopic Empire
08. My Pain
09. The Prolonging
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.