AUGUST 28th 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Genre - Darkness and diversity
Hometown - Zurich, Switzerland
Record Label - Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records

Band Members:
V. Santura (guitar, vocals)
Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion)
Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals)
Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars)

This is Triptykon's 2nd album, and the name Melana Chasmata in Greek (Μελανά Χάσματα) roughly translated means "black, deep depressions/valleys". It was released April 14 (Europe),  April 15 (North America) through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records Ltd. The album debuted at  # 11 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, having sold  2,950 copies in it’s debut week in the U.S.A.

Like the album before "Eparistera Daimones", it was produced by Triptykon's singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior and guitarist V. Santura, recorded/mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany, and at Triptykon's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014.

Melana Chasmata features nine songs, with playing time around 67 minutes:
1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls
2. Boleskine House
3. Altar Of Deceit
4. Breathing
5. Aurorae
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
9. Waiting

The album is released as a 32-page mediabook (with lyrics/liner notes to every song, and with a special fold out poster), as a gatefold vinyl double album (with posters and large-format booklet), and for digital download. Century Media is also scheduled to issue a special box set, limited to 2000 copies. The box set will include the album, Triptykon silver pendant, poster, postcards, Triptykon tote bag, and cap. You would be crazy not to order that if you are a fan.

Also to commemorate the unveiling of "Melana Chasmata", Century Media released a collector's gatefold 7" vinyl single, featuring "Breathing" and "Boleskine House". The single will be available March 17, and be limited to a pressing 1000 (of which 200 will be in red vinyl). "Breathing" and "Boleskine House" will also be available as a digital single (including the option for a digital booklet).

Melana Chasmata is further distinguished by featuring, second time for Triptykon, the extraordinary art of legendary HR Giger. Following "Eparistera Daimones", the group began making arrangements for a different cover for the second album. Unexpectedly, HR Giger approached Tom Gabriel Warrior in October 2011 to express his appreciation of how Triptykon had used his art on the first album and proposed a continuation of the artistic collaboration. This marks the first time a musical artist has worked with HR Giger on three albums (Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion", and Triptykon's "Eparistera Daimones" and "Melana Chasmata"), a collaboration that has now lasted for 30 years.

Melana Chasmata features Giger's dramatically mysterious "Mordor VII" (work no. 283, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on wood, 1975) as a front cover and Giger's "Landschaft XVI" ["Landscape XVI"] (work no. 209, 100 x 70 cm, acrylic on paper on wood, 1972) as gatefold art.

Some that have been given this a listen to, describe it as atmospheric, dark, hellish, legendary, doomy all on an entirely different level. What more can I say about it, other than this album is definitely heavy, and with a touch of goth, but with an eerie sound. If you like the darker side of things in metal, this is the one for you then. It has the definite Triptykon sound that you are familiar with, but it also brings more to the table. The guitar work does their critical workout here, along with some blasting drums, and extraordinary bass work, this makes for a complete album when vocals are added in giving this album something for everyone. I am not going to go through each and every song, because each I think gives something different to the listener, and I myself like to experience it first hand when I give a CD a listen. So what I want to say, this album is good, and I am hoping that most of you have this one already, but if you don’t, go pick it up and listen to all the unique sounds it hands out, don’t listen to anyone, go buy this album and appreciate it on your own .