Triptykon

Melana Chasmata (Century Media)

Phases & Stages

Triptykon

Melana Chasmata (Century Media)

When Tom Gabriel Warrior rebooted Celtic Frost in 2006, he became one of those rare auteurs to refresh an old project while playing to its strengths. The reunion ended poorly, but Warrior (né Fischer) picked right up with Triptykon and has been blasting away ever since. Melana Chasmata continues in the vein of latter-day Frost: doom-soaked art metal that's both staid and strange, ponderous and graceful. The forcefully grunting Warrior leads his melancholy band through blazing thrash ("Breathing") and mournful thunder ("Boleskine House," "In the Sleep of Death") with equal amounts anthemic power and brooding fury. If this record isn't as compelling as Frosties past, it at least signals a veteran innovator still engaged in his craft.

***

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
Top 10 Austin Albums of 2016
The Chronicle music staff picks their favorite local records

Greg Beets, Dec. 30, 2016

Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Our favorite picks from across the country

Neph Basedow, Dec. 30, 2016

More by Michael Toland
Free Week Live Shots
Pale Dian, Super Thief, Borzoi, We’ll Go Machete, Honey & Salt
Sidewinder, Jan. 4

Jan. 13, 2017

Free Week Live Shots
Megafauna, ST 37, Honeyrude
Cheer Up Charlies, Jan. 8

Jan. 13, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Triptykon

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)