Created to further develop the darkness invoked by its immediate precursors, seminal black/extreme metal pioneers Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, TRIPTYKON evolved from a Celtic Frost side project initiated by Tom Gabriel Fis... more »cher (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior), the group's singer, guitarist, and main songwriter. TRIPTYKON are immersed in themes such as history, occultism, human disintegration, religious fanaticism, and nihilism. The transcending and mergence of seemingly distinct forms of imagination, a hallmark long prominent in Celtic Frost's efforts, is naturally also abundant within TRIPTYKON's sphere of inspiration, which ranges across the works of, e.g., Pieter Bruegel, Roland Villeneuve, HR Giger, HP Lovecraft, Hieronymus Bosch, John Martin, and far beyond.« less
Created to further develop the darkness invoked by its immediate precursors, seminal black/extreme metal pioneers Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, TRIPTYKON evolved from a Celtic Frost side project initiated by Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior), the group's singer, guitarist, and main songwriter. TRIPTYKON are immersed in themes such as history, occultism, human disintegration, religious fanaticism, and nihilism. The transcending and mergence of seemingly distinct forms of imagination, a hallmark long prominent in Celtic Frost's efforts, is naturally also abundant within TRIPTYKON's sphere of inspiration, which ranges across the works of, e.g., Pieter Bruegel, Roland Villeneuve, HR Giger, HP Lovecraft, Hieronymus Bosch, John Martin, and far beyond.
"Yes you read the heading correctly. This might as well be named Celtic Frost, Tom Warrior returns w/his new band. Since Celtic Frost dissolved 2 yrs ago he always wanted to put out the successor to Monotheist, the last and best Frost album. Well he did it!! Triptykon sounds as close to Frost, wtihout using the name. The sound is in many ways a twin of Monotheist in terms of the heavy guitar tone, atmosphere and doomy song structures. This is an excellent blend of death, thrash, doom, black metal and goth. The emphasis on this band is definitely DOOM! Songs are longer and their is less thrashiness/fast parts than what was on Monotheist. Opener Goetia comes crashing out the gates after about 3 minutes of soft guitar and drums. Song is pure brutality. Over 11 minutes and it never feels like it. My only complaint are their really are only 7 songs out of the 9. Shrine is an interlude and My Pain just has some female vocals over a 4 minute interlude, I would have much rather heard an original song. Some other weird moments are the song Myopic Empire. You cannot help but headbang to this mid paced crusher of a song. About halfway through the song it breaks for a piano interlude for about 2 minutes, before heading back into the song. Strange. It's kinda cool, but it disrupts the flow a little too much, I feel. Seeing that ending track The Prolonging was close to 20 min at length I was a little hesistant as to what to expect. Surprisingly the song is one of the best Warrior has ever written. It is a doomy/slow song with atmosphere and is a brilliant piece of work. I struggled to give this a 5 due to me wanting some faster parts on the album as well as the interludes on the cd that are really more filler than anything else. When Tom Warrior stated he was going to release an album as to close to Celtic Frost as possible, he really kept true to his word. If you loved Monotheist, you will love this cd. This is truly a scorcher and one of the best cd's this year. Hail to the new version of Celtic Frost, TRIPTYKON!!!"
TGF Is onto better things
John E. Poulin | 03/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've heard of Celtic Frost you knew that Triptykon was coming, well after months and months of waiting PDR and Century Media bring you the debut album which translated to english means "to the left, demons" Now personally I thought the last incarnation of Frost was probably the best one. I know some will argue and that's alright after all we all have our own opinions. Triptykon is even better, Warrior has a killer band here and this debut is going to be hard to top. I am pleased to see V Santura carry on with Tom and the rest of the band is just brutal, there isn't a filler song to be had. While there are some strange interludes and bridges between a couple songs that is not unusual for TGW to do that. Warrior is looking ahead only with no regrets this band is going to be his last band and he knows that Tom has more aggression is his voice and playing than ever. Also for you YouTube visitors a great interview with TGW on the formation of Triptykon. Get the disc, over 70 minutes of massive metal. Triptykon is just awesome."
VIN | 04/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eparistera Daimones is a heavy, dark record. Slow, hard hitting and in-your-face. The first difference notable from Monotheist is Tom's voice sounds a bit more processed, but it sounds quite good. 9 tracks cover black doom, heavy thrash, and some gothic elements.
Despite the highly artistic effort from Giger as the artwork, however, I cannot say that this album's music is more artistic than Monotheist. Where it 'falls short' is the more obvious lack of profound esoteric / theological content. No more are we breaching topics of God within the human and the venom and cynicism for religion seems to have gone, simply skimming the surface on these topics. Fischer seems content speaking about flesh, death and pain. This simply means a very straightforward record.
I cannot help but feel that this presented a weakness at one or two points. Noticeably in songs such as Thousand Lies where straightforwardness and simplicity is not enough, the depth suddenly dissappears because of repetition of theme. The Prolonging too, is far too self involved to withhold many people's attention. How long should one sit in Tom's mind before switching to track 1 again for that crushing riff or profound statement? Shrine is filler.
But those weaknesses can be forgiven easily each time you listen to the other tracks. Goetia, Abyss Within my Soul, and Descendant being really heavy hitters and sometimes reminding me of Monotheist's Ain Elohim or Ground. In Shrouds Decayed, Myopic Empire and My Pain are the slightly more gothic inspired efforts that quickly grow on you (the latter being an obligatory teary-eyed affair that breaks up the pace a little). I can still sense Tom retains the reigns here, creating the greatest strength out of the resources he has and for the music he wants to create. Therefore he creates landscapes and immerses you into them - rather than just creating songs. These are songs that, should you have enjoyed Monotheist, you will want to return to often enough.
Overall though, continuing with the Monotheist formula is by no means bad, it is quite powerful. Masterpiece it is not, but it is still relevant, fresh, and original enough. The heavy metal scene is a better place for having Eparistera Daimones, and we are priviliged to experience another offering such as this. Each time I see the cover I am reminded I have something quite special - it certainly eases the pain of the breakup of Celtic Frost. 5 stars."
Scary and Worthy
S. Johnson | Washington, DC United States | 03/25/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tommy W scores again with another powerful release. Just as on 'Monotheist' the guitars sound absolutely crushing...they must have worked on getting that tone for a while...the guitars sound crystal clear yet fuzzy at the same time...and LOUD. This cd is as aurally dense as anything I've heard. This is yet another CD that I can't show my wife because the artwork would scare her to death. But I'm sure anyone checking this CD out on Amazon knows what they're getting into tho. This will not disappoint any fan of CF and Tommy G Dub."
Pretty good....Not great
T. Hardin | seaside,oregon | 04/28/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this is dark.It's heavy.It's got that modern production so it comes out of your speakers loud & in charge.But for me, it just lacks "something". Though I dont think comparisons to Celtic Frost are quite fair,realistically they are unavoidable due to Tom G.'s participation. For me, it's just not as catchy and therefore is inferior to CF.The lyrics,too,I found inferior and in places even kind of juvenile.Whats with the overt satanic lyrics?? And yeah,we get it Tom,you're a bit depressed and feeling betrayed. "Monotheist",for point of reference, I thought was FANTASTIC - many similiar characteristics found on that release are indeed here as well, but dont be misled into thinking this is "monotheist part 2" because it isnt!
This release earns a respectable 3 stars,no more or less."