Triptykon’s Thomas Gabriel Fischer Gets His Arm Broken In An “Unprovoked” Attack

Triptykon’s Thomas Gabriel Fischer (ex-Celtic Frost) has revealed that his arm was broken in “an unprovoked, ultra-violent, and drug-fuelled attack.” Despite this, all Triptykon shows will go on as planned.

Fischer said the following:

“Once my right arm, shattered in an unprovoked, ultra-violent, and drug-fuelled attack, has healed sufficiently, I will again be able to tend to the rapidly accumulating mails in a far more timely manner. According to the doctors who are tending to me, this should occur sometime in August.

As my arm is entombed in a full-length cast right now, I am rather clumsy with my utterly unprepared left hand, and writing (and everything else) is a quite challenging proposition at the moment. The hospital staff felt sufficient pity to at least provide me with a suitably black cover for the cast.

And for those inevitably curious, yes, I was ultimately able to regain the initiative and defend myself, with a broken arm and in spite of being disadvantaged due to the element of surprise and the ferocity of the attack. True to his obvious disposition as a coward, the attacker swiftly took flight when he realized I was subsequently going for his life.

I had certainly pictured my return home from the extraordinary 20th anniversary celebrations of the Museum HR Giger to take an entirely different course. Alas, this is the real world, and these are the realities of life.

I detest violence, and I equally detest the effects of alcohol and drugs which solely serve to amplify the grave shortcomings of us members of the human race.

We will not cancel any Triptykon concerts, of course, but I will only be able to sing at the moment, returning to the guitar as the speed of my recovery will permit.”

[via The PRP]

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Triptykon Holding Auditions For New Drummer

Triptykon have launched an open audition to find someone to replace drummer Norman Lonhard, who will exit the gorup following some upcoming festivals. You can see what the band had to say about that below.

Triptykon’s statement:

“We feel very honoured to have been invited to play Spain’s Leyendas del Rock and Germany’s Party.San festivals this August. Both festivals hold a unique significance for Triptykon: our concert at Leyendas del Rock will mark the first time Triptykon will play in Spain, fulfilling a desire we have had for quite some time.

The return to Party.San is equally important for us. Triptykon‘s first appearance at the festival, in August of 2011, was heavily marred by the unexpected shutdown of the main stage due to storm damage, and by a number of local organizational issues. Party.San is a truly extraordinary festival in our eyes, and we feel privileged and delighted to be given the opportunity to finally honour it with a proper concert.

But these two festivals are significant to us for yet another, far more personal reason. These will be the final concerts we will play with our drummer, Norman Lonhard.

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 line-up, 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 endeavours. 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: triptykonswitzerland@gmx.ch

[Please note that this e-mail address will only respond to serious inquiries regarding the above mentioned topic.]”

Lonhard‘s final shows:

08/10 Villenia, SPA – Leyendas Del Rock Festival
08/12 Schlotheim, GER – Party.San Open Air