Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
Record label: Century Media
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Review Summary: A crushing doom metal record that relies as much on earth-shattering guitar tunings as on a shrewd interplay between the ugly and the beautiful.As Tom G. Warrior has never been associated with consistency, his output has equally thrilled and baffled metal fans for the past two ….
Review Summary: A crushing doom metal record that relies as much on earth-shattering guitar tunings as on a shrewd interplay between the ugly and the beautiful.As Tom G. Warrior has never been associated with consistency, his output has equally thrilled and baffled metal fans for the past two decades of his 30-year career. The crude extreme metal of Hellhammer, and the early days of blackened thrash luminaries Celtic Frost are widely celebrated.
Tom G. Warrior has never been associated with stability. Despite his hugely influential back catalogue, the guitarist, songwriter and vocalist has been inconsistent for over the past two decades of his 30-year career. When his best-known project, Swiss extreme metal pioneers Celtic Frost, finally and permanently went tits up in 2007, the notoriously outspoken musician reassessed and regrouped.
Triptykon's first album, Eparistera Daimones, was the heaviest breakup album of recent memory. The album was fueled by the anger within Triptykon's guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter Thomas Gabriel Fischer—better known as Tom G. Warrior—over the tumultuous breakup of Celtic Frost, the pioneering metal group he was long associated with. Celtic Frost laid the foundation for death and black metal, pushing metal into more obscure territories with riffing inspired by both classical music and Discharge; the group's Gothic sensibilities in songwriting and dress still loom over underground metal.
From the apocalyptic raids of Hellhammer’s proto-black/death metal bludgeon to the gargantuan strides and missteps of Celtic Frost, and now in his current incarnation as Triptykon, Tom Gabriel Fischer’s indomitable shadow has been cast across extreme metal music and culture for the past 30 years. The Swiss musician who has battled internal demons since he was a child is now an unfuckwithable deity to metal musicians and fans alike. However, the amount of worshippers at the feet of Fischer seems to have increased since the release of what became Celtic Frost’s resurrection and insurrection, 2006’s Monotheist.
Triptykon Melana Chasmata (Century Media) When Tom Gabriel Warrior rebooted Celtic Frost in 2006, he became one of those rare auteurs to refresh an old project while playing to its strengths. The reunion ended poorly, but Warrior (né Fischer) picked right up with Triptykon and has been blasting away ever since. Melana Chasmata continues in the vein of latter-day Frost: doom-soaked art metal that's both staid and strange, ponderous and graceful.