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Country of origin: Great Britain
Founded: 1993
Status: Active
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Band History - Bal-Sagoth (Online Nov. 2003)

Bal-Sagoth



The BAL-SAGOTH legend was originally born as an inspired idea of vocalist/lyricist Byron... an idea to form a sublimely Symphonic Black/Death Metal band swathed in a concept of dark fantasy/science-fiction and obscure occultism & mythology.

After releasing a mysteriously apocryphal demo in the deep winter of 1993, BAL-SAGOTH signed to Cacophonous Records, a sub-label of Vinyl Solution, and over the course of five years recorded their celebrated first trilogy of albums, comprising 1995's "A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria", 1996's "Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule", and 1998's "Battle Magic".

BAL-SAGOTH toured extensively to promote their trilogy of works, including successful European excursions with Scandinavia's EMPEROR and a sold-out appearance at London's prestigious Astoria theatre, with Byron gaining a sponsorship deal with the UK's leading arms & armour suppliers Battle Orders Ltd in the process.

In 1999 they signed to the German label Nuclear Blast and recorded their fourth album, the incredible stellar symphony entitled "The Power Cosmic". This was followed up in 2001 with the band's fifth full length album, the acclaimed magnum opus "Atlantis Ascendant" and BAL-SAGOTH immediately embarked upon the "No Mercy" festival tour of Europe alongside such bands as MARDUK, MORTICIAN, AMON AMARTH and VADER, a tour which was swiftly followed by a further phenomenally successful trek around Europe, including two long awaited and critically acclaimed UK shows to round out 2001, additionally a year in which the band enjoyed extensive worldwide press coverage, including exhaustive airplay on BBC Radio 1 courtesy of the famed DJ John Peel.

In 2002 they returned triumphantly to the UK stage with an appearance at the prestigious Bloodstock 02 UK Metal Festival, followed by subsequent UK gigs with thrash legends SABBAT in late 2002 and early 2003. In mid 2003 the band locked themselves away to write their much anticipated sixth album, due to be released by Nuclear Blast in the spring of 2004.

BAL-SAGOTH transcends all boundaries, striding over the limitations of the Black Metal genre like a great steel-thewed colossus. The mammoth BAL-SAGOTH engine is fuelled with the mana of genius; epic and baroque sagas of darkest fantasy & science fiction set against a stirring orchestral Metal soundtrack, multifaceted and exciting stories given the spark of thespian life and resonating within this grandiose musical soundscape... the key to a sublime artistic odyssey taking listeners on a journey to the infinite realms beyond.

No other band captures the imagination like BAL-SAGOTH... no other band has carved for themselves such a unique place in the annals of musical history, reigning supreme as the true kings of bombastic baroque Britannic Metal! All hail BAL-SAGOTH!

Current Line-Up:
Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling - Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar
Mark Greenwell - Bass
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

Previous members:
Jason Porter - Bass (Live)
Alistair Mac Latchy - Bass (Live)
Vincent Crabtree - Keyboard (on "Bal-Sagoth Promotional")
Leon Dwayne Forrest - Keyboard (Live)

Discography:

The Chthonic Chronicles

Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling - Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar
Mark Greenwell - Bass
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

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2006 "The Chthonic Chronicles" - Nuclear Blast

Total playing time: 60:38
  1. The Sixth Adulation Of His Chthonic Majesty
  2. Invocations Beyond The Outer-World Night
  3. Six Score And Ten Oblations To A Malefic Avatar
  4. The Obsidian Crown Unbound
  5. The Fallen Kingdoms Of The Abyssal Plain
  6. Shackled To The Trilithon Of Kutulu >mp3
  7. The Hammer Of The Emperor
  8. Unfettering The Hoary Sentinels Of Karnak
  9. To Storm The Cyclopean Gates Of Byazantium
  10. Arcana Antediluvia
  11. Beneath The Crimson Vaults Of Cydonia
  12. Return To Hatheg-Kla
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Atlantis Ascendant (CD/MCD)

Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling - Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar
Mark Greenwell - Bass
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

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2001 "Atlantis Ascendant (CD/MCD)" - Nuclear Blast

Total playing time: 48:53
  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
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The Power Cosmic (CD/MCD)

Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling - Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar
Mark Greenwell - Bass
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

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1999 "The Power Cosmic (CD/MCD)" - Nuclear Blast

Total playing time: 45:00
  1. The Awakening Of The Stars
  2. The Voyagers Beneath The Mare Imbrium
  3. The Empyreal Lexicon
  4. Of Carnage And A Gathering Of The Wolves
  5. Callisto Rising
  6. The Scourge Of The Fourth Celestial Host
  7. Behold, The Armies Of War Descend Screaming From The Heavens!
  8. The Thirteen Cryptical Prophecies Of Mu
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Battle Magic

Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling -Drums & Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar & Bass

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1998 "Battle Magic" - Cacophonus

Total playing time: 50:00
  1. Battle Magic
  2. Naked Steel (The Warrior's Saga)
  3. A Tale from the Deep Woods
  4. Return to the Praesidium of Ys
  5. Crystal Shards
  6. The Dark Liege of Chaos is unleashed at the Ensorcelled Shrine of A'Zura Kai (The Splendour of a Thousand Swords gleaming beneath the Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire Part II)
  7. When rides the Scion of the Storms
  8. Blood slakes the Sand at the Circus Maximus
  9. Thwarted by the Dark (Blade of the Vampyre Hunter)
  10. And Atlantis Falls...
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Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule (CD/MCD)

Byron - Vocals
Jonny Maudling -Drums & Keyboards
Chris Maudling - Guitar & Bass

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1996 "Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule (CD/MCD)" - Cacophonus

Total playing time: 57:36
  • Interactive Cd-Rom Track
      1. Black Dragons Soar Above The Mountain Of Shadows - Keyboard Instrumental
      2. To Dethrone The Witch-Queen Of Mytos K'unn (The Legend Of The Battle Of Blackhelm Vale)
      3. As The Vortex Illuminates The Cystalline Walls Of Kor-Avul-Thaa
      4. Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule
      5. Journey To The Isle Of Mists (Over The Moonless Depths Of Night-Dark Seas)
      6. The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire
      7. And Lo, When The Imperium Marches Against Cul-Kothoth, Then Dark Sorceries Shall Enshroud The Citadel Of The Obsidian Crown
      8. Summoning The Guardians Of The Astral Gate
      9. In The Raven-Haunted Forests Of Darkenhold, Where Shadows Reign And The Hues Of Sunlight Never Dance
      10. At The Altar Of The Dreaming Gods
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      A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria (CD/LP)

      Byron - Vocals
      Jonny Maudling -Drums & Keyboards
      Chris Maudling - Guitar & Bass

      1995 "A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria (CD/LP)" - Cacophonus

      Total playing time: 54:57
      1. Hatheg Kla
      2. Dreaming Of Atlantean Spires
      3. Spellcraft & Moonfire (Beyond The Citadel Of Frosts)
      4. A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria
      5. Enthroned In The Temple Of The Serpent Kings
      6. Shadows 'Neath The Black Pyramid
      7. Witch-Storm
      8. The Ravening
      9. Into The Silent Chambers Of The Sapphirean Throne (Sagas From The Antediluvian Scrolls)
      10. Valley Of Silent Paths
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      Bal-Sagoth Promotional (Demo)

      Byron - Vocals
      Jonny Maudling - Drums
      Chris Maudling - Guitar & Bass
      Vincent Crabtree - Keyboards

      1993 (Unreleased) "Bal-Sagoth Promotional (Demo)" - Independent

      Total playing time: n/a
      1. Dreaming Of Atlantean Spires: Alpha
      2. By The Blaze Of The Fire Jewels: Zero
      3. A Shadow On The Mist


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