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Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (1989 – present)

Bal-Sagoth are an extreme metal band from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, combining elements of black metal, symphonic, and classical music. Vocalist/lyricist Byron Roberts, who came up with the idea for the band around 1989, took the name ‘Bal-Sagoth’ from a Robert E. Howard short story “The Gods of Bal-Sagoth”. Their first demo was released in 1993; they have since released three albums on Cacophonous and three on Nuclear Blast.

The band incorporates black metal influences and symphonic elements into an overall grandiose canvas, with the elaborate lyrics of Byron Roberts painting a picture of battles in an antediluvian age where Atlantis had not yet been destroyed and the continents were still joined in a Pangaean mass. A predominant feature is the use of epic keyboards played by Jonny Maudling who composes and arranges the music. The guitar, drums and keyboards work together as an integral entity rather like a symphonic work. The vocals of Byron Roberts are a mixture of spoken word and black metal screams making the songs more like stories set to music than anything else. The stories are told like a play, with many characters (or groups of characters, speaking in unison) exchanging dialogue. Byron uses different vocalizations and effects to set them apart. The songs frequently have very long titles. Byron intends to release some short stories and novellas based on his lyrics and also some graphic novels created in collaboration with the artist Martin Hanford.


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  • Bal-Sagoth_93

    Check out the compilation CD "BLOODMIST AT DAWN" from Majestic Metal Records featuring two classic Bal-Sagoth tracks. The CD is a companion release to the forthcoming fantasy anthology book "BARBARIAN CROWNS" available soon from Barbwire Butterfly Books.

    12 Feb 4:33pm Reply
  • TobogganOfHate

    wish i knew what the lyrics are about...

    12 Feb 6:44am Reply
  • Ivartist

    Black Metal meets Cartoon Network. [2] Most accurate description for a band ever.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Liafev

    @RagnarokStein : I love your shout ! :)

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • RagnarokStein

    Hurray for absurdly long song names \\(º-º)/

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    болтовня немного подбешивает. но по музыке неплохо

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • Astargh

    ELDERBLOOD ( symphonic black metal ) from Ukraine featuring ex-members of Nokturnal Mortum

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Bal-Sagoth_93

    The 20th anniversary release of "Apocryphal Tales", the original 1993 Bal-Sagoth demo, is now available on limited edition 10" vinyl and CD. (The CD version features an exclusive bonus track.) CD version released by Godreah Records, vinyl version released by Exhumation Records!

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Los_Bybys

    I wonder how much time and work each song took to write.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Asmodeus8797

    Just got the 1993 Bal sagoth demo limited edition CD. It's awseome! Brutal tracks with some sweet bonus material. :)

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CptQwark

    Thankfully I already have the old versions of all the previous albums. AA was the worst anyway.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CptQwark

    I just got my hands on the remastered limited digipack edition of Atlantis Ascendant, and apparently they completely butchered the dynamic range with this remaster. Old version clocked at DR9 (very good for a metal album), while the new one only gets DR7 with all the metal tracks getting DR6 (brickwalled). I feel so cheated.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Svargedorath

    All hail Bal-Sagoth, King of all Kings !

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Svargedorath

    ბლოდუ ოკ ჯარნა ბიჩიზ !

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Callisto rising, good melodic BM track

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • danayala666

    I don't know how I haven't heard anything from Bal-Sagoth before A great band

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pkmetal

    I've been a BS fan for more than a decade, during which time there has been 1 new album released! C'mon, guys! That's.... BS of another kind!

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bal-Sagoth_93

    The 20th anniversary edition of Bal-Sagoth's original 1993 demo "Apocryphal Tales" will be released by UK label Godreah Records, on limited edition 10" vinyl and CD (the CD will feature a bonus track). Pre-order or reserve copies at

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • silversadheart

    @MarcosRV: hahaha nice!

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MarcosRV

    Black Metal meets Cartoon Network.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
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