The great TRIPTYKON redefine darkness once again with their second full-length album. Melana Chasmata is a multi-dimensional exploration of darkness colored in different atmospheres.
TRIPTYKON masterfully utilize a full repertoire – three different vocalists, a wide range of riffing styles, violent and solemn atmospheres, and more. It’s a great lesson in musicality and serves as a foil to simple, formulaic songwriting.
Each song on Melana Chasmata is its own unique journey. Some are desolate, ominous, and naked like “Boleskine House” and “Aurorae.” Others have an unnerving feeling of instability and doom like “Altar of Deceit.” “Breathing” is just devastating in its heaviness when it picks up the speed. Starting from the sixth track, “Demon Pact,” Melana Chasmata enters a lucid nightmare, which is as vivid as any conscious experience.
Few bands create such powerful and compelling atmospheres, and no band does it like them. TRIPTYKON triumphantly prove why they are pioneers. Mandatory. (Century Media Records)
TRIPTYKON‘s sophomore album, Melana Chasmata (rough translation: “black, deep depressions/valleys”), will be released on April 14 (Europe) and April 15 (North America), 2014, through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records Ltd. Additionally, an EP or mini album will be released later in 2014 or early 2015.
Two songs have been posted online:
Among other formats, the album will be released as a 32-page mediabook (with lyrics and 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. Additionally, Century Media is scheduled to issue a special box set, limited to 2,000 copies. The box set will include the album, a silver pendant, a poster, postcards, a tote bag, and a cap.
Melana Chasmata will be further distinguished by again featuring the extraordinary art of legendary Swiss surrealist HR Giger. Completely unexpected, HR Giger approached Tom Gabriel Warrior to express his appreciation of how Triptykon had used his art on the first album and to propose a continuation of the artistic collaboration. This development thus marks the first time any musical artist has worked with HR Giger on three albums (Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion, and Triptykon’s Eparistera Daimones and Melana Chasmata), and it commemorates a collaboration that has now lasted for 30 years.