Triptych (The Tea Party album)

Triptych (stylized as TRIPtych) is The Tea Party's fifth album, released in 1999. It has the trio blending the major influences found on their previous albums: the earthy rock of Splendor Solis, the world music inspired arrangements of The Edges of Twilight, and the industrial edge of Transmission.

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 8, 1999
RecordedOctober 10, 1998 – March 3, 1999
StudioAlkemical Studios, Montreal, Le Studio, Morin-Heights, Quebec, and Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON
GenreHard rock, progressive rock, alternative rock
LabelEMI Music Canada
ProducerJeff Martin
The Tea Party chronology
Live at the Enmore Theatre
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Rock Hard (de)9/10[1]

After the gloom of Transmission, which relied heavily on sampling and electronica, for Triptych the band wrote with both melody and content, while using electronica subtlety.[2] This is evidenced by the Juno Award nominated single "Heaven Coming Down", the band's first number one single in Canada. The album itself reached #4 on the Canadian album chart, and received a Juno nomination for "Best Rock Album", before achieving double platinum sales in Canada.

In June 2000, the EMI labels in Europe released Triptych Special Tour Edition 2000, which included a bonus disc of eight unreleased songs.


In 2005, Triptych was ranked number 435 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listingEdit

3."Great Big Lie"3:50
4."Heaven Coming Down"4:01
5."The Halcyon Days"5:57
6."The Messenger" (Daniel Lanois cover)3:32
8."A Slight Attack"3:15
9."Taking Me Away"5:02
10."These Living Arms"5:03
13.Untitled (hidden track)1:02

The unlisted 13th track is the sound of a clock chiming.

Special Tour Edition 2000 Bonus DiscEdit

  1. "Psychopomp" (live) - 5:10
  2. "The River" (live) - 5:11
  3. "Save Me" (live) - 8:23
  4. "Lifeline" - 4:37
  5. "A Woman Like You" (Bert Jansch) - 3:46
  6. "Temptation" (Rhys Fulber remix) - 5:50
  7. "Sister Awake" (live) - 5:35
  8. "Waiting for a Sign" - 4:19



String quartetEdit

  • "Gone"
    • Ligia Paquin - viola
    • François Pilon - violin
    • Benoit Loiselle - cello
    • Stéphanie Meyer - cello


  1. ^ Schleutermann, Marcus. "Rock Hard". issue 149. Retrieved 22 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Triptych at AllMusic
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 34. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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