Triptykon Melana Chasmata on 180g 2LP
Project from Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Hellhammer and Celtric Frost
As Celtic Frost had once arose from Hellhammer's ashes, so arose Triptykon from Celtric Frost's ashes. Created to further evolve the darkness invoked by its black/extreme metal pioneers, Triptykon is the brainchild of Tom Gabriel Fischer (aka Tom Gabriel Warrior), the group's singer, guitarist and main songwriter.
Triptykon's second album, Melana Chasmata (rough translation: "black, deep depressions/valleys") will be released in April 2014, through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records. Like its predecessor Eparistera Daimones, the album was produced by Triptykon's singer/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at Triptykon's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014.
Those who have already heard Melana Chasmata have described it as "atmospheric, dark, diabolical, and dramatic," "diverse, epic and doomy, but on an entirely different level," "a fierce boulder of abhorrence," or "very heavy and yet very aesthetic at the same time."
Melana Chasmata will be further distinguished by featuring, for the second time for Triptykon, the extraordinary art of legendary Swiss surrealist HR Giger. Following Eparistera Daimones, the group began to make arrangements for an entirely different cover for the second album. Completely unexpectedly, HR Giger approached Fischer in October of 2011 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. Melana Chasmata features Giger's dramatically mysterious Mordor VII as a front cover and Giger's Landschaft XVI as gatefold art.
Triptykon Melana Chasmata Track Listing:
1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls
2. Boleskine House
3. Altar Of Deceit
6. Demon Pact
1. In The Sleep Of Death
2. Black Snow