Triptykon
Eparistera Daimones


4.5
superb

Review

by Darkvoid67 USER (31 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2010 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simple, effective gloomy metal at its best

Thomas Gabriel Fischer is often regarded as one of black metal’s forefathers, and with good reason. Having created Hellhammer, one of black metals earliest and most influential bands, he and fellow band member Martin Eric Ain then decided to create Celtic Frost, who need no mention in extreme metal circles. And, after six studio efforts and two break-up’s, the band was laid to rest for good in 2008. However, like any good musician should do, Fischer decided to return with a brand new project, entitled Triptykon in 2010, and boy was he right to do so. Continuing in a similar vein to Fischer’s previous 2006 work, “Monothiest”, “Eparistera Daimones” is not only an overall more enjoyable listen, but a more consistent effort as well.

Perhaps the beauty of “Eparistera Daimones” is its ability to perform all the classic doom metal tricks, but to make them sound fresh and exciting. It doesn’t even have the raw production values of classic black metal either; in fact it sounds very well done indeed, which only plays to the groups advantages. The bass rumbles away in the background, the drumming doesn’t drown everything out yet is still powerful enough to carry the songs along, and eerie guitar passages give the record a sense of atmosphere unlike anything released this year. There are also one or two well placed instrumentals and interludes, with the second, “My Pain” having Fischer’s booming, narrator-esque voice soaring over the piano and keyboards accompanied by some interesting female vocals. The overall quality on display is no more prevalent than on the best track of the album, “In Shrouds Decayed”. Carried along for the most part by a spidering lead guitar line and Fischer’s cleans, it transforms halfway through into a simple, yet highly effective doom slugger. The riff is heavy yet undeniably catchy, and Fischer’s distinctive snarl gives it a unique sense of energy among the typical gloom and doom we expect from the band.

However, the biggest surprise here is found on the fifth track of the album, “A Thousand Lies”. It sounds a lot like “Ground” from Monothiest, but it is a slightly faster affair, with some great drum fills from stickman Norman Lonhard and the droning guitars perfected with “Monothiest”. Fischer’s vocals here are perhaps at his deepest during the album, which happens to perfectly compliment the breakdown that occurs just before the final verse. It even contains a guitar solo, albeit a rather simple one that breaks up the pounding habit of the album rather nicely.

For the vocals, it is business as usual for Fischer, which is simple, deep growls and angry snarls, which isn’t wholly exciting and new in the genre, but it just about stops itself from becoming monotonous with one or two variations in most of the songs. His ability is highlighted best on the aforementioned “In Shroud’s Decayed” and “Myopic Empire”, both of which manage to combine rather well his cleans, growls and snarls into a great overall package. “Myopic Empire” also contains some of the best harmonizing lead guitar work on show here, but breaks in its intensity halfway through into a beautiful piano piece, something an accomplished classical composer might even be proud of.

While Eparistera Daimones manages to push all of the doom and black metal buttons rather nicely, it is not without one or two rather small faults. Even within black metal, a genre surprisingly full of variety in its screaming style, Fischer is rather distinctive in his approach. However, this can equally work against him, as at times he can sound every-one of his 47 years, and his growling in particular can, admittedly at one or two occasions start to grate upon ones nerves. This is no more obvious than in the 19 minute closer “The Prolonging”. While not especially bad, it does indeed fail to ignite the senses quite like those before it, and Fischer does start to sound a bit weary when it (finally) ends. Furthermore, if you know the classic Fischer formula-verse, chorus, verse, chorus, interlude/breakdown, chorus, then nothing new is to be found here on this release, which is slightly annoying given the overall quality of this CD.

It has to be said though, even with one or two slight faults, “Eparistera Daimones” is one of the best releases of the year, threatening to even knock Enslaved’s latest effort off the black metal podium. Its ferociously simple, lip licking black/doom metal at its best, and sounds quite unlike anything you have probably ever heard before, which only helps play to the bands strengths. A must for anyone who likes their metal bleak and skull-crushingly heavy.

Recommended Tracks:

1. Abyss Within My Soul
2. In Shrouds Decayed
3. A Thousand Lies
4. Myopic Empire
5. My Pain



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Darkvoid67
November 2nd 2010


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you ask me, this is more like doom metal with black metal leanings once in a while. If I like it, then I'm sure most people will

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2010


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I've been meaning to listen to this.

Darkvoid67
November 2nd 2010


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Should do. Its pretty awesome

Hawks
November 3rd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man. I've also been meaning to listen to this for a while.

McCopper
November 3rd 2010


1367 Comments


Do it Hawks, it's great

Darkvoid67
November 3rd 2010


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed

Hawks
November 3rd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone got a link for it?

McCopper
November 3rd 2010


1367 Comments


http://lmgtfy.com/?q=btjunkie+eparistera+daimones



Hawks
November 3rd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That one isn't working for me for some reason.

McCopper
November 3rd 2010


1367 Comments


http://btjunkie.org/torrent/Triptykon-Eparistera-Daimones-2010-mp3-192/4358c61eb19c15c32fa4d0e759c492b8461a179bfd26
This one?

Hawks
November 3rd 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found another one man haha. Thanks though.

sifFlammable
January 11th 2011


2741 Comments


i like the mega-alien-dildo on the left.

AncientSpec1
May 22nd 2011


66 Comments


Great fucking album.

Dragunov
June 2nd 2011


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To the reviewer,
It's not simple music. What's given you that idea?

Taoboxer9
July 1st 2011


173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The perfect follow up to Monotheist.

TheNotrap
August 16th 2011


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I need to check this out

Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

Hawks
August 16th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2011


1880 Comments


Brilliant album, apart from 'shrine'(very filler) 'abyss withing my soul' and 'descendant'. But i saw triptykon at bloodstock, and it was an extremely hypnotic set, So damn heavy, though this album might be a little too long for its own good.

TheNotrap
October 16th 2011


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Already started to dig this...but I stop always on the 3 track.
Another try this week

Cells
December 3rd 2011


1875 Comments


Its been a while since ive spinned this and its still as good as the first day I listened to it.



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