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Released: 2010, Century Media
As verbose and miserable as the man who created it, Triptykon is a name that’s been bandied about by Thomas Gabriel Fischer for the best part of two in a series of endlessly long-winded blogs. True to form, the former Celtic Frost lieutenant has run the gamut of hyperbole in his attempts to describe his latest project as the heavy metal equivalent of the Mona Lisa, but now that EPARISTERA DAIMONES is finally due to hit shelves, the only question that truly needs answering is whether this record can rock out with the best of his back catalogue.
Mercifully it does and then some. Underlined about two minutes into opener "Goetia", and stamped down with authority over all but the disc's disappointingly shaky finale, Triptykon's onslaught is almost relentlessly menacing and constantly draped in a coal-black shroud. Fischer sounds fantastic, both when he snarls his way through a sprawling rocker like "Myopic Empire" and when he channels his inner Pete Steele on "In Shrouds Decayed". His bandmates back him up superbly, helped in no small degree by a stellar production job, courtesy of old man Tom himself.
Really the album's only drawback is the closing track. Not content with displaying his Yoda-like grasp of atmospheric black and death metal fundamentals, Fischer takes us on a sonic sojourn that's part Swans and part teenage sex fantasy. Dragging on for what feels like hours, it rarely captures the overriding sense of angst present elsewhere. Don't let that put you off however, for literally every other minute on EPARISTERA DAIMONES screams classic.
2. "Abyss Within My Soul"
3. "In Shrouds Decayed"
5. "A Thousand Lies"
7. "Myopic Empire"
8. "My Pain"
9. "The Prolonging"
Thomas Gabriel Fischer - Voice, Guitar, Programming
V. Santura - Guitar, Vocals
Norman Lonhard - Drums
Vanja Slajh - Bass
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