Album Review: Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

How many ways can you say bleak? That’s the question you’ll be asking yourself when, after hearing the new Triptykon album, you’ll start contemplating the depths of your sorrows and fighting off the slowly bubbling anger, as you try to wrest control of your sanity from every last inner demon. And you know what – that makes for a bloody brilliant album.

For the benefit of the heathens who have not been paying attention, Triptykon is the new band of living legend Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a Tom G. Warrior). As frontman of pioneering bands Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, his mark on extreme metal is monumental and beyond doubt. So when Celtic Frost split for the second time, having delivered an absolute classic album ‘Monotheist’, most thought they had witnessed the death of something special.

Fortunately, ‘Eparistera Daimones’ (which translates to ‘To my left, the demons’) carries on where ‘Monotheist’ left off – so much so that it might as well be titled Monotheist II. Fischer said he wanted to go darker and heavier than ‘Monotheist’, and quite frankly I wouldn’t have thought it possible until I heard this album. 11-minute behemoth ‘Goetia’ opens the album with such doom-laden riffs it might as well be the soundtrack to death. “Lord have mercy upon me/ Guilt has ravaged my flesh” wails Fischer, backed by the virtually unknown but extremely competent V. Santura (Guitars), Vanja Slajh (Bass) and Norman Lonhard (Drums).

Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones CD CoverReady for a little respite after 11 straight minutes of depression? Tough luck, because the next song is a foreboding nine-minute song called ‘Abyss Within My Soul’ which is followed by the near seven-minute ‘In Shrouds Decayed’, at the start of which Fischer almost sounds like he is in tears as he sings “You cause my sweat/ to fall as blood…” over a haunting semi-acoustic intro, before a female-vocal harmony kicks in. Someone get this man a therapist and, now that I’ve heard this, I’m probably going to need one as well.

The rest of the album follows along similar lines, with utterly dark, dissonant and down-tuned guitars creating an axe of pure despair, which Fischer wields to chop his demons down to size. Many bands try it, but only a select few actually manage to sound scary and hellish; Triptykon is one such band. There are a few brief respites thrown in (probably so that you don’t commit suicide before reaching the end of the album) like the beautifully melodic ‘My Pain’, but see how, even there, the lyrical subject matter remains the same?

By the time you’re done with the 19-minute album closer ‘The Prolonging’ you’ll be completely emotionally exhausted from the relentless sledgehammer that is ‘‘Eparistera Daimones’ and go one of two ways – never hear it again because it scared the bejesus out of you, or start all over again because it was a brilliant piece of gothic-infused doom metal. I’d recommend the latter, if you can handle it. If all great art is born from pain, this is the undisputed masterpiece. [9]

Eparistera Daimones, will be released on March 22, 2010 as a CD, gatefold-2LP and download through Century Media Records

     

About Abhijeet Ahluwalia

Abhijeet Ahluwalia – I’m a freelance journalist who goes back and forth between London and Bombay. A huge metalhead, but I have an eclectic taste, from reggae to punk. Oh, and Manchester United are the greatest team in the world. Follow me on Twitter or drop me a line via Email.

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