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The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Triptykon – “Tree Of Suffocating Souls” Video

Thomas Gabriel Fischer once led the legendary Swiss underground metal band Celtic Frost, and now he’s the main man in Triptykon, a band that’s made one of this year’s best metal albums with Melana Chasmata. Triptykon’s new video for the punishing, heaving eight-minute song “Tree Of Suffocating Souls” (which really seriously has the best title)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Album Of The Week: Triptykon Melana Chasmata

The later, post-Optimus Prime death seasons of the original Transformers cartoon took place in the distant, futuristic year of 2006, when the Decepticons’ most powerful weapon was Trypticon, an actual city that would transform into a vast purple-and-black dinosaur. Trypticon spent a lot of time fighting against Metroplex, an Autobot city that would also tur… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014

I spent the second week of March at SXSW, and I spent a pretty good percentage of my SXSW at metal shows. In truth, most of the people I talked to at the festival seemed to agree that this year’s metal lineups were pretty lackluster, but even so, every day the genre offered numerous act… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 31, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Triptykon – “Breathing” & “Boleskine House”

I’m at SXSW right now — I literally just got back to the hotel after a blistering set by Power Trip — and in most cases, I’d let new song premieres wait till next week, when I’m back at my desk at Stereogum HQ in NYC, without the distraction and demands of this ridiculous event. More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 14, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Win Tickets To Triptykon’s Haunting The Chapel-Presented First North American Headlining Tour

In addition to Triptykon, Tom G. Warrior’s post-Celtic Frost outfit (and keepers of one of 2010’s best records in Eparistera Daimones), you’ll also catch longtime Norwegian technical black metal experimentalists 1349 and progressive Haunting The Chapel regulars Yakuza (also owners of one of the year’s best metal records, Of Seismic Consequence). As mentioned previously, HTCMore »

By: brandon / September 29, 2010 - 10:21 am

Triptykon (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost) First North American Headlining Tour Co-Presented By Haunting The Chapel

Despite booking a series of metal shows in Brooklyn, I’m not really a show promoter, but when a particular tour or invented/imagined potential lineup seems particularly amazing, I pretend to be one and figure out how to make it happen. Which is why I teamed with Brooklyn Vegan to do the Altar Of Plagues showMore »

By: brandon / July 28, 2010 - 10:47 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 6

In this installment I intentionally paired two longstanding bands who’ve shifted their approach/sound significantly during the course of their careers, not always to their fans’ approval. Katatonia released their eighth album Night Is The New Day toward the end of 2009. It landed at No. 11 on my year-end list. Rotting Christ’s excellent Aealo i… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 8:15 am