Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

When you’re feeling down and out and there seems to be no way out, you can always count on one person to convince you that his views on life are starker, bleaker and more depressive than anyone else’s on this planet. No, I’m not talking about your next door neighbour emo kiddo. No, I’m referring to Tom G. Fischer, former mastermind of Celtic Frost. After the sad demise of his former band he’s back with a new band called Triptykon. There was a lot of criticism about his decision to pull the plug on Celtic Frost, so what better way to silence your critics with one hell of an album?

Tom G. Fischer does exactly that with Eparistera Daimones. Aided by three able musicians in the form of V. Sentura (guitars), Vanja Slajh (bass) and Norman Lonhard (drums) he conjured up an album that can easily rival with the best that Celtic Frost has to offer. His repetitive larger-than-life guitar riffage forms the basis of often epic songs like Goetia, Abyss Within My Soul and The Prolonging.

However, the contributions of the other band members should not be undervalued. The tasteful guitar leads and melodic parts by V. Sentura add a lot of texture and soul to A Thousand Lies, My Pain and the aforementioned Goetia and The Prolonging. The rhythm section provides a solid foundation on which Eperistera Daimones can thrive.

The monolithic guitar barrage and hateful barks by Tom G. Fischer are beautifully complemented by angelic female vocals, sudden piano parts and ambient passages. This gives Eparistera Daimones an unexpected experimental and dynamic feel, without forsaking the uncompromising character of the music. All these elements come together in stunning fashion in In Shrouds Decayed, Descendant, Myopic Empire and the album’s ending behemoth The Prolonging.

Production wise this album has a very heavy and crisp sound, enhancing the angst-ridden and depressive feel. It serves Eparistera Daimones very well.

Uncompromising, violent, dark and with a lot of hidden musical secrets, this album is the perfect soundtrack for a world falling on its knees. Essential.

written by Raymond Westland

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