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Album: Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

April 15th, 2014

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Triptykon
Melana Chasmata
Century Media
14 April 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Triptykon’s unique sound was born from the dying days of Celtic Frost, when frontman Tom G. Warrior (aka Thomas Gabriel Fischer) staked his everlasting claim for the darkness with Frost’s final outing, 2006’s much maligned (at the time) Monotheist. When Fischer resurfaced in 2010 with Triptykon’s debut, Eparistera Daimones, he continued to lie in those same shadows with a singular doomed sound that clearly showed that Celtic Frost’s swansong was a little more in his realm than it was of his former bandmates. 

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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Lightning Swords Of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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EP: Triptykon – Shatter

September 16th, 2010

Triptykon
Shatter
Century Media Records
25 October 2010

by Tom Dare

Even geniuses make mistakes. Even guitar gods occasionally fluff a riff. Even musicians as accomplished and influential as Tom G Warrior will release weak records (Cold Lake, anyone?).  With this year’s Eparistera Daimones a towering masterpiece of darkness and misery, when we heard an EP was in the works within months, we worried that it would simply be the off-cuts that didn’t make the grade. But when the grade is set by Eparistera Daimones, the off-cuts can end up being tastier than most bands’ prime fillets.

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