Bal Sagoth
A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria

I'm into sword & sorcery/ fantasy themes like Conan, Red Sonja, Beastmaster, Xena, Excalibur, and history like the Dark Ages, Babylon, Sumeria, Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, etc., so listening to Bal-Sagoth is only natural for me.

At times, the "awe"-ish apocalyptic keyboards swoop down, overpowering the heavy guitars, but it works. This album feels like a movie or story with scene changes. The lulls/ spoken word passages (which I don't think have been used much since Venom's At War..LP) lead into brutal death/black metal mania, with split second fades into psychotic parts.

Take the epic, fantasy atmosphere of Hawkwind and a Conan movie, with the brutality of a slightly slower Morbid Angel. Calling this black thrash metal is appropriate. As for their other albums, I plan to get them, even if they are more like soundtracks, as opposed to their lengthier intermittent moments of cool riffing, doom metal stomps, Maiden-ish solos, and quick thunder bursts of speed and controlled insanity.

Definitely not for everyone (but I think any metalhead without it is missing something very cool).

Hatheg Kla
Dreaming of Atlantean Spires
Spellcraft and Moonfire (Beyond the Citadel of Frosts)
A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria
Enthroned in the Temple of the Serpents Rings
Shadows 'neath the Black Pyramid
The Ravening
Into the Silent Chambers of the Sapphirean Throne (Sagas from the Antediluvian Scrolls)
Valley of Silent Paths

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