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Bal-Sagoth - Atlantis Ascendant (4/10) - Great Britain - 2001

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 48:53
Band homepage: Bal-Sagoth

Tracklist:

  1. The Epsilon Exordium
  2. Atlantis Ascendant
  3. Draconis Albionensis
  4. Star-Maps Of The Ancient Cosmographers
  5. The Ghosts Of Angkor Wat
  6. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire (Part III)
  7. The Dreamer In The Catacombs Of Ur
  8. In Search Of The Lost Cities Of Antarctica
  9. The Chronicle Of Shadows
  10. Six Keys To The Onyx Pyramid
Bal-Sagoth - Atlantis Ascendant
The new BAL-SAGOTH-album is upon us... Unfortunately!

All the usual wonderful features are present: the tacky epic synth intros, endless "Obi Wan Kenobi" vocal narratives, the hideous choking-on-a-cheeto-while-scratching-a-nail-on-a-chalkboard vocals of Byron Roberts, and the laughable adolescent preoccupation with fantasy animation and comic-strip-styled tales of interstellar battles among alien planets.

Yes, folks, the musicianship and production are admittedly superb, but these guys aren't going to win any awards for innovation. Indeed, I could have forgiven all else if only they could write a decent song. Hell, I even liked CRADLE OF FILTH's "Midian", and I don't ordinarily like CoF. Now that I think of it, BAL-SAGOTH's brand of "Cosmic Battle Metal" sounds very much like a less-inspired, less bombastic CoF, albeit with more of a Viking Metal-influence, but without the benefit of having at least one good song (except for maybe "The Dreamer In The Catacombs Of Ur").

Anyway, sounds like typical BS to me. Makes a good frisbee, though...

Eric Thompson



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