Featured Video. View More. Latest Reviews. All three things are done well by vocalist Byron. Most remarkable are the spoken parts, where Byron uses his deep, ominous voice to great effect. The cool thing about the album is the atmosphere, which is, as I've said, very dark and occult. The lyrics and music do an awesome job at conjuring up images of an ominous Black Moon brooding above mist-shrouded, time-lost Lemuria, and other sinistrous elements of the Antediluvian world.
The writers R. Howard and H. Lovecraft are great influences on the lyrics. Only drawback here is that the lyrics are quite repetitive and at times sort of nonsensical. I don't know if the album is a concept album or just a bunch of songs based on a central "mythology". The keyboards are not as dominant as on later Bal-Sagoth albums.
Rather, they slither about in the background like furtive wraiths and set the atmosphere, with the guitars and drums in front. This is not necessarily a good thing I love boards , but it makes the songs heavier, which is good. The production is very good, with all instruments being clearly audible even the bass, at times. Clean, but still a bit raw, and definitely very heavy. But all songs are great. All in all an awesome album. If you like brutal extreme metal and dark fantasy themes, get this album.
The songs on this album are not of this world. They conjure up thoughts of darkness, twilight, fantastical scenes of grim desire This is quite possibly the evilest album ever conjured up, through the album art, atmospheric song interludes and the intro of the CD, and the lyrics. Musically, this is incredibly different from their later more goofy sci-fi oriented stuff which is also very amazing, but not quite as purely evil. Out of all the songs here, I'd have to say the Ravening, Shadows 'neath the Black Pyramid, and Enthroned in the Temple of the Serpent Kings showcase the album's mix of punky drumming and riffs at times, sick low and screaming vocals, voiceovers, amazing lyrics, and atmosphere the best.
The drumming is amazingly tight, ranging from blastbeats to the aformentioned "punk-ish" style of drumming and riffing. The bass is fully audible and incredibly crunchy, as are the riffs. The symphonics here are amazing and dismal, adding to the dark and blasphemous nature of the album. The only real difference is their slightly darker feel, thanks to heavier guitars and some low-growl style vocals. These really are some of their best ever songs, with all the epicness and great melodies one would expect.
They have very little in the way of keyboards and are basically mid-paced death metal. These sound nothing like what would usually be found within a Bal-Sagoth album. Their are only two real criticisms of the album. Firstly, the mix of styles leads to a somewhat incoherent listening experience.
For a band so heavily based on concepts as Bal-Sagoth, how an album flows is very important. Secondly, there is very little variety in the keyboard work, with the same set of effects being used in almost every song. Return policy. You must return items in their original packaging and in the same condition as when you received them.
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See more details at Online Price Match. Related Pages :. Email address. Mobile apps. Walmart Services. Get to Know Us. Customer Service. I have torn the veil of dreams, Enraptured by the gleam of moon-frost's caress, My heart is held in icy thrall, The horned moon's sweet enchantment, The Topaz Throne is beckoning, The jewelled sword awaits my grasp, The dreaming gods now grimly brood in The silence of Atlantean spires. The sky is black with chaos-fiends, Spellcraft rides with witch-storm's wings, Beneath the vaults of time-lost tombs, Sorcerers summon the Shadow-Kings.
All witches fly to me! Witch of heather, moor and sea, Come lay with me as twilight falls, Grant me the black Elven sword And the draught of immortality, The scent of night about your flesh, Enfold me in this mist of lace, Your lips grow red by candlelight, My beloved is raven-tressed.
The sky is black with chaos-fiends, Spellcraft rides the witch-storm's wings, Beneath the vaults of time-lost tombs, Sorcerers summon the Shadow-Kings.
And now the blossoms fade, Lost within your dark eyes I drown within those ebon eyes The sweetest tears I taste glistening upon your lips , This ichor of your kisses Weave thy dark spells, 'neath the bright moon, Witch-fire is glimmering through Sunken marble halls.
The Black Gate opens Blood sates the Ebon Blade Fen-witch revel in ancient spellcraft, Beneath a horned and waning moon Enchantress, heather-bride a' dreaming, The beckoning gloom enthralls me, The Lord of Wolves haunts the forest, In brooding winter's icy rapture, Hoarfrost glimmers 'neath the moon, Sorcery opens fiend-haunted pathways before me.
Black Stone summoning the eternal power of the winter moon Enthralled by the evil lotus-dreams, Witches' eyes agleam with candle-flame, Nine Elven stones beneath the waves, Whispered spells in serpent-tongues, Gleaming sword in ice enshrined, Chaos-Throne witch-fire entwined, Marsh grasses swaying 'neath the moon, Dark spellcraft summons the Black Gate before me Icy waters whispering, Tower of Silence hides the shadow-key, Ember-trees haunt my fevered dreams, Moon-Bride, sing thine dark enchantment.
The moonless abysses of mid-earth, Black basaltic halls of night, Ghoul-plagued darkness, vale of fiends, Amorphous leige bloats and breeds. Elder shadows writhing before the silvern gate of eternal winter, Dark shapes entwine the mist-veiled cromlech, Dynig torchlight gleams on silent black waters, Fen-wolves sing to the gibbous moon Arise from dreams, shape-shifting fiends, Dance madly 'neath the moon, To the pipes of bone, anoint the witches' stone, Beneath the ancient tomb.
A Black Moon Broods Over Leumria Dark baleful shades astride the mystic heath, Old land's enchantments, wolf-eyes agleam, The moon slips 'neath the darkening sea, The trees sing enthralling chants as the old gods dream As a black moon broods over Lemuria, Ebon witchfire enshrouds the gleaming citadels, Sinistrous shadows rise from the vaults of the dreaming elder gods, Ophidian eyes glimmer through the icy whispering moon-mist Shimmers of black in the massing dark, Moon-frost glistens upon my tongue, The wraiths have gathered beneath the oak, My soul encased in antediluvian steel, The shades of pallid night descend, To the ride the slime-flecked jewelled halls, Enshrined in ice and witches' spells, And silence falls on the marble walls.
See more details at Online Price Match. In March it was announced that the demo release would be entitled "Apocryphal Tales" and would be available as a "20th anniversary" limited edition inch vinyl LP, issued through the independent label Sacrilege Records. All witches fly to me! To ensure we are able to help you as best we can, please include your reference number:. We believe that it is a travesty to simply throw away a used book or DVD when there is nothing wrong with it - we believe in giving each book or DVD the chance of finding a new home. But the result was good stuff nonetheless! Wraiths and fiends whirl Album) my Album) Does not the guttural vocals of one Lord Byron combined with his shrieks evoke a sense of horror, even if one does not at first understand him?
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