Released: 2010, Prowling Death Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
It’s been less than a year since the world was officially introduced to Triptykon via the superb EPARISTERA DAIMONES, and we’re already treated to a follow up EP, SHATTER. A mix of studio leftovers and live tracks, SHATTER is a fitting epilogue to this latest chapter in the mind of Thomas Gabriel Fischer.
SHATTER consists of three studio cuts from the EPARISTERA DAIMONES recording sessions - the title track, “I Am the Twilight,” and “Crucifixus.” The songs have the same mammoth tone and texture of the songs included on the debut, but they feel more concise than their cousins. The title track features vocals from longtime session vocalist Simone Vollenweider, and her contrast against the dense musical backdrop and Fischer’s brooding passages creates for an intense listen. “I Am the Twilight” fits right in with the more straight ahead dirges from the debut, while “Crucifixus” is an unsettling, ambient sedative.
As the debut clocked in at over an hour, I imagine these tracks were set aside for the sake of time constraints rather than for any concern of quality. These “new” tracks hold their own against what you’ve already heard, so pocket any concerns you might have about purchasing scraps from the cutting room floor. The two live tracks were recorded during the band’s set at the Roadburn Festival this year and their inclusion here could be interpreted as Fischer putting the ghost of Celtic Frost behind him. Bonus points here for Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto providing guest vocals on “Dethroned Emperor.”
If you liked what you’ve already heard from Triptykon, consider SHATTER to be a necessary addition. Its greatest success, however, is that it whets the appetite for a proper follow up. Do I really have to convince you any further?