Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones Review

originally written by Erik Thomas

Tom G. Warrior has made no bones about stating that Tryptykon and the material on Eparistera Daimones was meant to be the follow up album to 2006’s Celtic Frost comeback, Monotheist (an album I only recently heard, in preparation for this review), before that band ended in his acrimonious split with co-founder Martin Ain and an agreement that the Celtic Frost name not be used. However, if you just want to copy the Celtic Frost logo and tape it over the Tryptykon logo, the HR Giger art (his first work used for an album cover in 13 years) would fit just fine with it.

And so would the music, as Eparistera Daimones continues where the likes of Monotheist‘s “Progeny,” “A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh” and “Doman of Decay” left off: thick, deliberate, lumbering almost-doom-styled hypnotic metal with a slight sense of dark, dread-filled atmospherics. Eparistera comes complete with virtually the same massive guitar tone, production and Tom G. Warrior’s distinct, gruff vocal delivery.

Even with a completely new line-up, just listening to crushing tracks like “Goetia” and “Abyss Within My Soul,” as well as “Descendant” and “The Prolonging,” shows these tunes could be easily lost Monotheist outtakes, with their shared dense textures and lumbering pace.  But by the same token, Tom G. seems to have slightly unfurled his creative wings, though not so much to derail his vision for Celtic Frost version 2.0 or enough to recall Celtic Frost’s later career trainwrecks (Cold Lake and Vanity/Nemesis). The likes of “Shrine,”  “Myopic Empire” and the sure-to-be-divisive “My Pain” add a few dashes of experimentation here and there, but still the whole thing still could have been called Monotheist pt. 2, and no one would have batted an eyelid.

Classic-era fans will enjoy the likes of “I Shrouds Decayed” and the fierce “A Thousand Lies” which cull from the band’s revered releases, while still being rooted in the band’s heavier new style, but in all the album is meant to be heard as a whole, and it does wander a bit, especially with such a consistent, plodding pace. Still, it shows that Tom G. Warrior has found a groove and style he seems comfortable with and one that fans both old and new will enjoy.

Posted by Old Guard

The retired elite of LastRites/MetalReview.

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