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Tom Gabriel Fischer wasted very little time in putting together his new band following the seemingly final demise of Celtic Frost, and most fans expected his efforts to follow in the footsteps of Frost's comeback album Monotheist based on the public knowledge that they were working on a follow-up when they split. Eparistera Daimones is unquestionably the natural continuation of Monotheist, albeit not quite so weighed down by the unrelenting, abject darkness and heaviness of that album. That said it is still one of the most brutally heavy albums likely to be released all year and anyone who loved Celtic Frost's direction with that album will love this too. Expansive, dark, progressive and refreshingly long at 72 minutes, Fischer's deep, clean voice on the first two minutes of In Shrouds Decayed is a new sound for him, but for the most part the album is what fans would expect. It is a better album than Monotheist though, which had a tendency to lay on the dark mood a little too thick at times and was almost crushing in its heavy dirges. Here Fischer and company spread out a little musically, lightening the tone just enough to add some more variation between the excellent riffs across the first eight tracks, and then all over again in unbelievably good nineteen-minute closer The Prolonging. This is arguably the finest album of Fischer's career.
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