Triumph of Death
A Tribute To Hellhammer
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 had never been performed life for almost four decades. 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 the
occasional rare Hellhammer song during special occasions. The vast body of Hellhammer’s work remained unperformed, however.
Until the inception of Triumph Of Death.
The resurrection of the music of Hellhammer had 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 Frost.
Tom Gabriel Warrior, 2019: Hellhammer will never return and will never be reformed. It is absolutely
impossible to reform a band so closely linked to a very specific and unique period in time. I never considered it, no matter what offers have been pitched to me over the years. But Hellhammer’s music
exists, and it is an extremely important part of my life’s path. And I would like to play it onstage before
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 finally
taken in 2014, and the band was officially founded in autumn of 2019. Triumph Of Death consists of
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.
Since its inception, Triumph Of Death has played a number of highly acclaimed concerts, such as at
Hellfest (France), Wacken Open Air (Germany), Party.San (Germany), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Psycho Las Vegas (USA), Merry Christless (Poland), Inferno Festival (Norway), Maryland Deathfest (USA), UK Deathfest, or Mexico Metal Fest. The release of live recordings is currently under consideration. Triumph Of Death is an open-ended project, based in Zurich, Switzerland
No shows booked at the moment.