Melan Selas are a duo from Greece that plays a Hellenic style of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 compilation album "Reon" which will be released in May by Iron Bonehead Productions.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while the music also brings back the classic 90's Greek style along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the tracks a more raw feeling along with the music also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on a couple of the songs while one track also introduces female vocals onto the recording and when synths are brought onto a later song they also give the music more of an epic atmosphere which also resembles the classic movies about Ancient Greece as well as one song showing the riffs bring in more of a thrash influence and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard on a couple of songs.
Melan Selas plays a style of Hellenic black metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's Greek tradition, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Greek Mythology themes.
In my opinion Melan Selas are a very great sounding Hellenic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aima" and "Selana". 8 out of 10.