Fair play to Bloodstock, what other major music festival would have the collective knack to put a band as utterly grim and all consuming as Triptykon on at what at any other festival would be put aside as Booze O’Clock.
Arriving at the heights of most people’s beer drinking binge. Tom G Warrior and co. blaze through a set of some of the bleakest, darkest and maybe most punishing sound to grace Catton Hall this weekend. Aside from NOLA Sludge legends Crowbar on the Saturday there isn’t a band on the bill that came close to Triptykon for sheer sonic intensity on record, but it is live where the band really shows what they are worth.
Packing a majestic four songs into a 40 minute set Triptykon blast through a set of such magnitude and majestic weight that it really has to be experienced to be believed. Opening with the twelve minute behemoth ‘Black Snow’ from the bands stunning new album “Melana Chasmata” and closing with the blisteringly scathing 19 minute ‘The Prolonging’ from the band’s first album “Eparistera Daimones”, the set seems to just blend into one seemingly endless blast of sonic hatred that oozes from the speakers. Only to be disturbed momentarily by a swift Hellhammer cover and is greeted fondly by the diehard faithful.
Though it’s not everyones cup of tea and could come across to some people as just pure horrible white noise. Triptykon‘s own brand of bleak and crushing black metal tinged doom is a welcome addition to the day and certainly left a lasting impact on the weekend.
Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal