Released: 2010, Prowling Death Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Thomas Gabriel Fischer has nothing to prove to you. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that most of your favorite bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be.
Picking up on the heavier themes that carried much of Celtic Frost’s MONOTHEIST, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is a dark and brooding epic. The detuned guitars that open “Goetia” deliver the sense of foreboding that only Fischer can deliver and set the expectation of what to expect from Triptykon. One of Fischer’s many talents has been his ability to take what appears to be a simple piece of music and make it into something spectacular, and it’s this strategy that makes EPARISTERA DAIMONES such a beast. The band exploits what are relatively minimal arrangements, punctuating the heavier points throughout each song with sonic emphasis, which in turn creates a very intense listening experience. Recognizing that one good punch to the gut stings a lot longer that a flurry of jabs, the riffs are slow and drawn out, continuing to resonate throughout the progression of each song. Some may be put off by the slower pace of the album, but taken in its complete context; EPARISTERA DAIMONES is a methodically precise beating.
Though there’s definitely an intended musical theme here, the album succeeds in offering some variety to keep you on the hook. “A Thousand Lies” is reminiscent of earlier Frost material, incorporating some of the blackened thrash elements associated with that band, accompanied by Fischer’s maniacal screams. “Myopic Empire” continues the dirge theme, but has a sinister groove in the chorus that’s remarkably catchy. “My Pain” is a traditionally somber goth tune, incorporating the soft vocals of bassist Vanja Slajh on top of some simple keyboards and programming. Its serenity snatches you out of your comfort zone, but it’s equally as unsettling as any of the heavier stuff on the disc. And if “Goetia” is the alpha, then “The Prolonging” is the omega. Sharing similar themes and sentiments with the album opener, it resurrects that same feeling of peril that you felt when you first pressed play, drawing you down, deeper into the void.
The open ended production values on the album help to keep the spooky factor at a “10”. Sounding wide and expansive, the notes and melodies hang in the air, permeating throughout the musical abyss. Coupled with some of Fischer’s best vocal work yet and some genuinely creepy cover art (courtesy of the legendary H.R. Giger), and you’ve got yourself a good time. Capitalizing on the best parts of Fischer’s former associations, Triptykon has taken those pieces and pushed them into bold new creative territory, creating something fresh yet familiar in the process. EPARISTERA DAIMONES is a powerfully menacing experience that is not to be missed.