Wilmar : For a while now I am in the loop that more songs were recorded during the sessions of 'Eparistera Daimones' by Triptykon, because they planned to have a mini album out with three more songs. And on the eve of the American tour with 1349 the ep sees the light. Five songs of which two 'covers' of Celtic Frost. It's madness that Tom Fischer has to call his own material 'covers'. It shows us how far the distance between him and his former band has grown.
Is it interesting for Triptykon fans? Certainly for them. People who love dark metal can get their kicks as well, but I understand why these songs never made it unto 'Eparistera Daimones'. If you compare these with the songs on that record, these are definitely the 'lesser ones'. But then, a lesser Triptykon song is always better than the best Linkin Park composition, so what's there to complain about? 'Shatter' is a song more in the wave tradition of Celtic Frost (think about 'Obscured', 'Sorrows Of The Moon' or 'Drown In Ashes'), but is very simple in its arrangement. Sometimes too simple, what makes you sigh with relief when Simone Vollenweider passes by to do the chorus to break through the monotonous wall of darkness. 'I Am The Twilight' is eight minutes long and a lot better and more dark and it reminds me of a couple of songs on the 'Prototype'-demo by Celtic Frost ('The Dying I' and 'The Beautiful End'), but I cannot really catch which one of the two. 'Crucifixus' is the oldest Triptykon song to date we know, since it appeared on the MySpace page of the band shortly after the demise of Celtic Frost. This is a somewhat different mix and mastering, but it remains a dark ambient track in the tradition of 'Totengott' from the final Celtic Frost album.
The two live tracks are recorded during the Roadburn festival. Still a sore spot with yours truly, but there is one highlight I missed out on that I could catch up with on this ep: 'Dethroned Emperor' with Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone on vocals. The other song is 'Circle Of The Tyrants' in a textbook live version, but I still think that the version tuned in E sounds more aggressive. But then it is still Christmas for me with 'Eparistera Daimones', 'Only Death Is Real' and now the 'Shatter' ep from one of my most favorite artists of all time. This may be one of the lesser moments, but one I would not miss out on for the world.