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Melana Chasmata is the second full-length album by Swiss extreme metal band Triptykon, released through Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records on 14 April 2014 in Europe and on 15 April 2014 in North America. The album was officially announced on 22 October 2013 by the band's frontman, Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. "Tom Warrior"), on his official blog.[1]

Melana Chasmata
Melana Chasmata.jpg
Studio album by Triptykon
Released 14 April 2014 (Europe)
15 April 2014 (North America)
Recorded November 2013-January 2014
Studio
Genre
Length

66:52

75:16 (Japanese)
Label
Producer
Triptykon chronology
Shatter
(2010)
Melana Chasmata
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100 link
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com5/5 stars link
All About The Rock9.5/10 stars link
Exclaim!8/10 stars link
Kerrang5/5 stars link
MetalSucks5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media(7.7/10) link
PopMatters7/10 stars link
Sputnikmusic4.1/5 stars link

The title is in Greek (Μελανά Χάσματα) and, according to Fischer, it can be roughly translated as "black, deep depressions/valleys" — or, more literally, "chasms as [black as] ink".

The album's artwork was provided by famous Surrealist painter H. R. Giger. It is the third time in his career he has collaborated with Thomas Fischer; Giger also provided artwork for Fischer's former band Celtic Frost's first full-length, To Mega Therion, in 1985, and to Triptykon's debut Eparistera Daimones in 2010. It was Giger's last album cover before his death, just one week before the album's release.

A music video for the track "Aurorae" was released on 7 August 2014. Another video, to "Tree of Suffocating Souls", was released on 17 November 2014. Song In The Sleep of Death is referring to Emily Brontë as about a lost love.[2][3]

Contents

Track listingEdit

The album's official track listing was unveiled by Tom Warrior on his official blog on 7 February 2014.[4] A teaser 7" single containing the tracks "Breathing" and "Boleskine House" was released on 17 March 2014.

All lyrics written by Tom Gabriel Warrior; all music composed by Norman Lonhard, V. Santura, Vanja Slajh, Tom Gabriel Warrior, except where noted.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Tree of Suffocating Souls" 7:56
2."Boleskine House" 7:12
3."Altar of Deceit" 7:32
4."Breathing" 5:50
5."Aurorae" 6:17
6."Demon Pact" 6:07
7."In the Sleep of Death"V. Santura8:10
8."Black Snow" 12:25
9."Waiting" 5:55
Total length:67:23
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
5."Into Despair"7:57

ReceptionEdit

Melana Chasmata was met with universal acclaim by both critics and band fans. Writing for All About The Rock, Rich Dodgin said: "The music of Melana Chasmata combines heaviness and gothic sensibility to create a fantastically nightmarish soundscape, and if you're a fan of dark ambient music you will love this".[5] MetalSucks also praised the album, giving it five stars out of five.[6] It also scored a perfect five out of five on MetalUnderground.com, whose reviewer, Oliver Hynes, stated that "Melana Chasmata is more than just a metal album... It's art".[7] Exclaim! was also positive about the album and rated it an 8 out of 10, calling it "an impressive continuation of Tom G. Warrior's often-mighty lineage, addressing each and every one of his strengths while offering something new for those unaware of the history embedded in every note".[8] Pitchfork Media were slightly less impressed with the album and gave it a 7.7 out of 10, with reviewer Andy O'Connor stating: "Melana Chasmata is the follow-up [to Eparistera Daimones], and while it retains much of the strength of its predecessor, it doesn't quite feel like the triumph Triptykon's debut did".[9] Melana Chasmata was placed as number two on Rolling Stone's 20 Best Metal Albums of 2014. It was voted as "Album of the Year 2014" by the editorial staff of Dutch webzine Lords of Metal.[10]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at No. 171 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 11 in the Hard Rock Albums chart, with 2,950 copies sold in its debut week in the U.S.[11]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 33
US Billboard 200[13] 171
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[14] 11

PersonnelEdit

  • Thomas Gabriel Fischer — guitar, vocals
  • V. Santura — guitar, vocals
  • Norman Lonhard — drums, percussion
  • Vanja Šlajh — bass, backing vocals
Additional musicians
  • Simone Vollenweider — additional vocals (track 2 & 9)
  • Michael Zech - guitar (track 6)
  • A. Acanthus Gristle - additional vocals (track 8)
Miscellaneous staff
  • Thomas Gabriel Fischer, V. Santura — production
  • V. Santura — mastering
  • H. R. Giger — cover art "Mordor VII"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Triptykon Press Release, 2013
  2. ^ "Emily Brontë: Death Metal Darling". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Triptykon Biography". www.triptykon.net. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  4. ^ Triptykon Press Release, 2014
  5. ^ Rich Dodgin. "Triptykon - Melana Chasmata -". All About The Rock. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Emperor Rhombus. "Melana Chasmata: Only Triptykon is real". MetalSucks. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Oliver Hynes. "Triptykon - "Melana Chasmata" CD Review". MetalUnderground.com. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Sarah Kitteringham. "Triptykon - Melana Chasmata". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Andy O'Connor. "Triptykon - "Melana Chasmata" Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Evil Dr. Smith. "The Lords Of Metal Top 30 - 2014". Lords of Metal. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Matt Brown (April 23, 2014). "Metal By Numbers 4/23: Charts get Sevendust-ed". Metal Insider. 
  12. ^ "Triptykon Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Triptykon Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Triptykon Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.

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