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Review: Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones
Eparistera Daimones

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2010
Duration: 72:46
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom/Black

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Eparistera Daimones

Rated 4/5 (80%) (46 Votes)

By now most people have heard that Celtic Frost is – once again – history, and that Triptykon is Tom G. Warrior's new band. I hadn't paid much attention to this, hadn't heard any song before getting the full album, so I really had no idea what to expect. Well, crushed by a slow-moving freight train is one of the feelings one can get out of a listen of Eparistera Daimones. This is one of the slowest and heaviest albums I've heard in a while. Just about everything – save for a few exceptions – is slow as fuck and crushingly heavy on this album, all surrounded by a heavy, dark, malevolent atmosphere. Throw in some harsh, slow, sometimes agonizing vocals and you've got yourself a little scary, but depressing party. There are some clean vocals that are just as screwed, plus some surprisingly soothing female vocals on a track ("My Pain") that really sticks out.

At nearly 73 minutes, Eparistera Daimones is a lot to take in, especially with it being so slow. There's a lot of repetition on here – a bit musically but also some lyrics are just repeated over and over. I found this kind of annoying, but at the same time that gives some tracks a bit of a hypnotic effect – especially on the 19:22 album closer "The Prolonging." We are far from Celtic Frost territory, though I found a few passages here and there – the more "rocking", faster material – that could very well fit with Warrior's former band (I think I read in some interview that some material written for CF made its way on this album.) Much more could be written about this, but suffice it to say that if a blackened form of depressingly soothing Doom Metal mixed with a hint of Celtic Frost appeals to you, then this is a safe purchase.

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