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Triptykon  - Eparistera Daimones (Album)

Tom G. Warrior is still the Man!



Many a metal head was up in arms when Tom G. Warrior announced his leaving Celtic Frost in 2008, effectively disbanding the group. The highly influential Swiss group had previously disbanded in 1993, reformed in 2001, and released the downtrodden Monotheist. T.G. did not hang up his mic, though. He gathered a new group of musicians, including V. Santura from the recent Frost lineup, and formed Triptykon. Triptykon’s first output Eparistera Daimones, released through Warrior’s own imprint Prowling Death Records and licensed through Century Media, reveals sounds both familiar and new.

Warrior has one of the most distinguishable voices in metal. The noises he makes, the grunts and “HEYs,” define his unique style. Those are still present on Eparistera Daimones. He even uses a grunt to set forth the first track “Goetia.” Sometimes, though, Warrior assumes a gruffer, semi-black metal voice. Triptykon follows a similar course in pace to Monotheist, dragging and droning riffs in a doomed fashion. The guitar tones show Warrior has paid attention to the down-tuned offerings of the modern metal band. V. Santura’s guitar tones ring out like a severed electrical line, whipping around violently and setting fire to everything it touches.

Although Warrior shows he has stepped into the teen period of the new millennium, Norman Lonhard doesn’t jump on the blast beat band wagon. He pounds with Hulk-like force, striking thunderous drum rolls and double bass barrages. On “Myopic Empire,” he bashes his kit in time with the band’s breakdown, and then sets the course for a finger-tapping guitar solo by hitting a Bill Ward-style drum roll.

Warrior’s innovative ways helped Celtic Frost stand apart from the poodle-haired rockers of the '80s. He was one of the first to use symphonic elements and female voices for atmospheric purposes. He continues this tradition with Triptykon. “Myopic Empire” contains a classical movement of soft piano notes and female narrations. The following track “My Pain” has a slumbering quality made through chiming keys and beautiful feminine serenades. Other tracks such as the eleven-minute “Goetia” and the nineteen-minute “The Prolonging” (fitting title) reach their epic finality by way of pace, vocal changes, and wildly careening guitar feedback.

Nearly thirty years has passed since Tom G. Warrior summoned the unholy ones known as Hellhammer and soon after created Celtic Frost. Those bands changed the face of metal forever and still hold sway over minions across the world. Frost seems laid to rest forever, but Warrior soldiers onward. With Eparistera Daimones, Warrior has managed to reinvent his music, while not forsaking his past. No Cold Lake bullshit here!

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by Darren Cowan, on September 17, 2010
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Release : March 22, 2010
Genre : Avant-garde Metal
Record : Century Media Records
Playlist :
1. Goetia (11:00)epic !epic !
2. Abyss Within My Soul (09:26)listen first
3. In Shrouds Decayed (06:55)listen first
4. Shrine (01:43)
5. A Thousand Lies (05:28)listen first
6. Descendant (07:41)
7. Myopic Empire (05:47)
8. My Pain (05:19)listen first
9. The Prolonging (19:22)epic !epic !
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