i'm sorry but i'm just gonna say this: everything about bal-sagoth is just tremendously phenomenal! Every note they strike, every photo they take is legendary. i know i sound over-excited but pleeeeeease record the next hexalogy.
By the way, if there are any IRC users here, please feel free to join the channel #bal-sagoth at Quakenet! The channel had its days of glory in the past, but now we're attempting to revive it and thus bring back a real-time chat haven for the Legions of the Black Moon again. Blodu ok Jarna!
I started with Starfire, I tried their other albums, but when you start with perfection, all the rest will just let you down. Now I just turn on Starfire a couple of times every year and be amazed by it's pure epicness!
Wow, the style on the 2006 album Chthonic Chronicals is so rare! At first when I heard it awhile back it was difficult to embrace. It was such a departure from their established style. But it was a bold move. Now it sets itself apart from any band. While before they were reminiscent to many symphonic black metal acts with a elaborate lyrical theme. Now the drumming & guitars are masterful and with a production coupled to deliver this insanity. It really was difficult at first to accept the heavier sound. Honestly its necessary to balance the 4 long symphonic tracks. Although this release does have 2-4 more songs than any release. The other songs featured on this album are beyond time and space. I still enjoy their older releases but the drumming is more of a generic galloping double bass which is very well established in almost all genres of metal. Such a magnificent epic artist that will go down in the annals of time as a wonder of metal. We evoke thee to release another masterpiece!
Used to think Bal-Sagoth is really weak symfblack, something like mixing Stormlord with Summoning and Carach Angren, but without any talent. But after two years, when I finally came back to confirm my view, I realised that it's me who was deaf. It's not my favourite band ever admittedly, but it surely creates incredible atmosphere and each three albums I already know is really interesting in his own ways. Also I'm going to listen debut album which seems to be closest to what I love. The lesson of the story? (quoting MrChimney) Bal-Sagoth needs maturate and listening more than once. But after all, it begins to be great band then.
I sat down one day, once again listening to and marveling about the incomprehensible wonder of Bal-Sagoth and their sublime art. I noticed a terrifying thought entering upon my mind: what IF, against all the odds, there came a lightning from a blue sky in the form of news about Bal-Sagoth creating, recording and releasing new music?
I shuddered and trembled, for even the vaguest and the most fleeting thought of a new album is far beyond mortal capability to comprehend. I found myself incapable of standing even the thought alone, and far less would I stand the untold excitement and thrill should such news ever manifest.
Hence, I abandoned the thought and more than happily continued to marvel at the art of Bal-Sagoth that already exists.
The lesson of the story? Bal-Sagoth is such a terrifying wonder, that even the faintest thought of a new album that hasn't been announced and that will never come is enough to make one tremble.
I want to let you know that I understand how you feel. This isn't just music... uhh at this point I'm at loss of words. Terrifying wonder is the perfect choice of words in my opinion, I shudder at the thought of how colossal this music is and the intensity of the power it unleashes through the listener. This band is nothing like any other band I've listened to.. it's a different kind of feeling I can't quite describe or will never be able to..
do you have any idea what kind of sacrifice would urge the demigods of bal-sagoth to rise from their slumber in honor of us mortals? I didn't think the thought of a new album by any band could excite me this much, until I came upon your post and considered the possibility of a new bal-sagoth album. I've been too immersed in their current masterpieces to discover such an idea
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.
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!
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.
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 www.godreah.com
I'm on a Bal-Sagoth kick after not listening to them in a long time, and I forgot how enjoyable and easy to listen to it is. I don't think I even noticed the black metal vocals when I first heard these guys fifteen years ago. My buddy always called it "Disney Metal" and I think that gets at the heart of it: the orchestral elements, the upbeat drums, the epicness, fantastic.