Triumph Of Death
Hellhammer existed for a mere two years, from May 1982 to May 1984.
During this time, the band wrote material for three demos, one 12" EP,
and the legendary Death Metal compilation album, along with a number of unrecorded songs.
In light of Hellhammer's now mythically iconic status in the global
metal scene, it is almost inconceivable that most of this music has
never been performed life. Hellhammer's successor group, Celtic Frost,
formed by ex-Hellhammer members Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain,
initially played two of Hellhammer's songs but soon abandoned this
habit due to the band rapidly developing its own material. Tom Gabriel
Warrior's Triptykon, founded in 2008, have played one or the other rare
Hellhammer song during special occasions. The vast body of Hellhammer's
work remains unperformed, however.
resurrection of the music of Hellhammer has been an idea Tom Gabriel
Warrior and Martin Eric Ain have discussed for many years, sparked not
least by their renewed collaboration in the reformed Celtic Frost in the
2000s and by the years of work on Warrior's second book Only Death Is
Real (2009), which details the history of Hellhammer and early Celtic
Tom Gabriel Warrior: "Hellhammer will never return and
will never be reformed. It is absolutely im-possible to reform a band so
closely linked to a very specific and unique period in time. I never
con-sidered it, no matter how substantial the offers that were pitched
to me over the years. But Hellham-mer's music exists, and it is an
extremely important part of my life's path. And I would like to play it
onstage before my demise."
The first steps towards the
realization of Triumph Of Death, named after Hellhammer's most infamous
song and intended to be a very respectful and authentic tribute to
Hellhammer, were taken years ago. Triumph Of Death consists of some of
Warrior's closest friends; individuals who not only love this music but
truly understand it. The line-up emulates Hellhammer's final incarnation
of April/May 1984, when the group had added an additional guitarist.
Triumph Of Death commenced playing Hellhammer's music onstage in summer
of 2019. It is a an open-ended project, but the band will only play
select concerts. The project is based in Zurich, Switzerland.