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'Melana Chasmata'
(Century Media)

scott adams

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I once sat down and had a drink with (the then) Tom G Warrior in a pub in London's West End. All through the encounter I was wanting to ask him – rather childishly, in retrospect: "are you morbid?"

But ten minutes in the man's company gives you all the clues you need to answer this 'funny' question – the man genuinely is misery, and the despondency portrayed on Triptykon's second album, 'Melana Chasmata', is so vast in its scope and deep in its emotional integrity - and so crushingly, incontrovertibly real - you'll need a dose of the happy pills after listening to the record to maintain some sort of equilibrium.

Or not, as the case may be. (the now) Thomas Gabriel Fischer's misanthropic world view has always appealed to those who see the black in everything, and so maybe this, soul crushing, unlit, doom laden album can't fail to hit the mark with the man's accolytes. And whilst MC is Triptykon's second album, you can draw a direct line through first album 'Eparistera Daimones' to Fischer's last band, Celtic Frost, whose swansong album, the titanic 'Monotheist' actually seems to slot into a nice third place in a triumvirate of twenty first century Fischer output.

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All of which means, of course, that you know exactly what you'll be getting wih 'Melana Chasmata'; that it never for one second disappoints or sounds stale is a testament to the skill of Fischer and the group of musicians he has gathered around him for this project.

The first four songs featured here – 'Tree Suffocating Souls', 'Boleskin House', 'Altar Of Deceit' and 'Breathing' will crush the very light from your soul if you allow them to. There's no let up as Fischer's bleak, tortured worldview floods into your earspace like a tsunami of despair.

Although the pace is varied over this quartet of tracks, the overall impression is of uniform desolation, so that whether the band is moving like a fully-armoured destrier across the sands of the holy land or creeping stealthily like a nefarious night-demon hell bent on possessing your very essence, the end-result is the same – and as a listener you have no option but to surrender to the black.

The first hint of respite comes with the gothy Aurorae, where Fischer relents (for about four minutes at least) for a while and allows a bit of light into the mix; however this is short lived as he and guitar cohort V. Santura go to work with (you guessed it) devastating efficiency in the track's latter part. Fischer's reptilian croon on this track (he almost out-Eldritches Andrew Eldritch!) is a real highlight of the whole album.

Penultimate track 'Demon Pact' really does sound like it's title; It's hard to explain just how hellish this album sounds (in a good way, natch, but still mighty uncomfortable) without repeating oneself, but if you're still in any doubt at this point as to the efficacy of Fischer's work on 'Melana Chasmata', closing piece 'In the Sleep Of Death' pauses, takes aim and then delivers a hobnailed size nine right to the solar plexus to deliver the final, merciful coup de grace to your quivering, sobbing sensibilities.

Bleak, horrific, spine chilling yet ultimately uplifting and triumphant, 'Melana Chasmata' is the sound of a man finally seemingly approaching the fulfilment of promise that has frustratingly eluded him for a quarter of a century. It's breathtaking stuff to listen to, but the promise – possibly – of culmination with the next Tryptikon release is even more exciting. A truly majestic release.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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