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Triptykon - 'Eparistera Daimones'

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Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones

Century Media Records

The Bottom Line

Extreme metal pioneer returns with a relevant, unique band that's as cutting edge as the genre-defining/genre-forming bands he led as far back as 20 years ago. Triptykon is heavy and more bleak than the latest, and now defunct, version of Celtic Frost.
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Pros

  • Relevant in the context of contemporary heavy metal, and yet also timeless.

Cons

  • None.

Description

  • Released March 22nd, 2010 on Century Media Records.
  • This is the band's debut studio release.
  • Features Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka "Tom G. Warrior"), whose former bands include Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun.

Guide Review - Triptykon - 'Eparistera Daimones'

Longtime fans rejoiced with the reformation of Celtic Frost that led to Monotheist, an updated and revamped version of the classic, pioneering extreme metal band. Sadly, Celtic Frost has called it a day, but frontman Thomas Gabriel Fischer has emerged one again with Triptykon, whose debut, Eparistera Daimones, picks up from where Frost's grand finale, Monotheist (2006), left off.

Indeed, in many ways, Triptykon is the logical extention of Celtic Frost version 2.0. Monotheist's contemporary flare, commercially accessible and modern crunchy guitars, and doom laden passages remain in tow; however it's darker (though less gothic), more bleak and hateful.

It's also heavier and more aggressive, and while these elements are packaged as distinctly as everything else, they are relatively conventional compared to what Tom Fischer normally offers (though the thrashing death march of "A Thousand Lies" is simply unstoppable, somewhat akin to modern-day Sepultura).

But you won't find anything passé on Eparistera Daimones, which kicks off with a rising wave of doom that reveals an underlying, volcanic erruption of emotion, as the musical tide turns to a thrashing, angry surge. Musically and vocally, the argument can be made that Fischer has never sound this disturbed or twisted.

His screams are so tortured, his rage so venomous, the riffs so unsettling and/or melancholic ("Abyss Within My Soul") that one might logically infer some level of discontent in Fischer's life. But whatever his woes may (possibly) be, its artistic channeling onto canvas is beneficial to fans of extreme and avant-garde metal.

Midway through the somber dirge of "I Shrouds Decayed," the classic mid-paced chugging riffs a la Celtic Frost's precursor band Hellhammer chimes in to remind listeners of where "Tom G. Warrior" came from in reference to where he stands today. However his mood in life actually may be, if he maintains his currently dreary, brutal musical course with Triptykon, the future looks promising.

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