Former CELTIC FROST frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer, now working under the new banner TRIPTYKON, has issued the following update:
"Work on Triptykon's first album was temporarily and somewhat rudely interrupted early last week, when I was forced to check into the hospital late at night to have my appendix removed in emergency surgery the next day. Only a little more than 24 hours after the operation, however, I was back at my home to welcome New York-based publisher and friend Ian Christe of Bazillion Points Books. Cancelling this meeting was not an option I wished to consider, so I persuaded the doctors in charge to release me much earlier than intended.
So on May 14, 2009, Ian and I at last signed the publishing contract for Only Death Is Real, the detailed and lavishly illustrated history of Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost. The book is due to be published this fall, and this is the culmination of what by now amounts to a good four years of investment, research, writing, and design. All of the former main members of Hellhammer - Steve Warrior, Bruce Day, Martin Eric Ain, and Stephen Priestly - have been involved in this project, along with the primary Hellhammer/Shizo/Celtic Frost photographers of 1983/1984 - Martin Kyburz, Andreas Schwarber, and Csaba Kézér.
It was good to see Ian, and we subsequently pondered further potential joint projects. Then, yesterday evening, I finally met with Triptykon bassist Vanja Slajh again in order to continue songwriting and practice sessions for the album.
And yet all of above doesn't even cover half of what has been taking place here these past two weeks or so."