Rock & Pop

Triptykon

When: Sat., Oct. 23, 9 p.m. 2010

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior) likes to start his songs with an emphatic "hough!" It's the sound of someone about to hawk a loogie, with a lot of attitude. And it's an appropriate way to set the tone for his new project, Triptykon. Fischer, he of the iconic Swiss metal band Celtic Frost, deliberately picks up where his former band's last album, Monotheist, left off. Channeling "infinite, indescribable hatred" for one of his former bandmates (who apparently spawned the breakup), Triptkyon's debut, EparisteraDaimones, features extremely detuned guitars playing thick, fuzzed-out, slowed-down, crunchy riffs interspersed with dark and sparse instrumentals. An ethereal female voice whispers Fall asleep in my arms/never to wake up ever again on repeat as Fischer waxes spoken-word poetic on "My Pain." It may come off as unusual, but everything on the album feels quite deliberate, from Fischer's venomous lyrics to the heavily distorted guitar tone. The end result is actually pretty genius. Triptykon plays with Yakuza and 1349 at Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Saturday, Oct. 23. 9 p.m., $19, $23. Slims-SF.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $19, $23

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