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Bal Sagoth: A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria

mmm...never listened to a Bal Saggoth work, for many reasons, but now I can say it's your fault thayt I'm curious, so, anyone got a link for a direct download of their first album? It looks like there aren't many in the intenet and no one in audiofile...

You might check "the usual channels."

BTW, I disagree that Battle Magic was their apogee.  Black Moon was absolutely their best, hands down.  Starfire Burning was ok if you like power metal, some extremely ripping riffs in there too.  The latest one is all right as well, and all the others bear listening to for a few good moments.

I only listen to Bal-Sagoth occasionally, but I do enjoy some of their songwriting, however bombastic. The little ambient bits are pretty cool as well; I've used them as segues between tracks on mix CDs. They're definitely an honest band, not hipsters or anything.

I hearken to the grisly murmer of nameless fiends,
Black jaws drooling blasphemy,
Beyond the witch-song, darkly sweet,
The wyrm-horn sounds cross Dagon's mere,
Shadow-gate (portal to the Black Pyramid) yawns wide, beckoning...
Spells scrawled in blood and frosty rime,
Squamous god encoils the onyx shrine,
(by the bleeding stone) I am enraptured by ophidian eyes.
Pungent odour of engorged flesh,
Vaults of eon-veiled horror,
Embraced by delerium, witches' balms anoint me.
Veils of frost entwine me in the haze of baleful moon-cursed dreams,
I hear the High Ones whispering ancient spells in the long-dead tongues,
There is the gleam of blackened steel in the flickering torchlight,
And I embrace the balm of sublime forgetfulness...
By the blaze of the burning skulls,
Beneath the Well of the Black Flame,
In the vaults of the dreaming gods,
Shackled to the slime-smeared bleeding stone.
Squamous orbs, black sword, drink deep, blood oath.
Supine shapes dancing in the mist,
(Serpent-tongued) priestess bares her pale flesh,
Shadows crawl to the sundered stones,
The Eternal Fiends exult in rapture.
Tomb-worms bloat on carnal blood,
Trickling onto wraith-carved stone,
Dark laughter echoes through the vaults,
Black-winged, cruel as envenomed steel.
In the Well of Black Flame, squamous shapes writhe,
A dark tide of shadows follows me,
Ravening fiends unleashed to feed,
Incantations pour in torrents from my lips...
Wraiths and fiends whirl to my bidding...
Horrors 'neath the pyramid.

I heard their lyricist and singer is well educated in English. I would probably agree with Battle Magic being their best. Lemuria is a bit dull and monotonous.

Re: Bal Sagoth: A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria
September 27, 2009, 08:42:49 PM
Lemuria is cheesy and goofy but I occasionally enjoy it for that reason. Byron has a bit much time on his hands, but I occasionally enjoy their schtick.