Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bal Sagoth/Aprocryphal Tales (Demo 1993)/Godreah Records/2013 CD Re-Issue Review


  Bal  Sagoth  are  a band  from England  that  has been featured  before  in this  zine  and  are  a  band  known for  fantasy and epic  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  demo  "Aprocryphal  Tales" which  was  re-issued  by  Godreah  Records  which  displays the  beginnings  of  their epic  metal sound  with  a  more  raw  approach.

  "Intro"  starts  off  the  demo  with  some  sound  effects,  spoken  word  samples,  demonic  vocals  and  epic  keyboards  and  serves as  an  introduction  to  what  is  going  to  come.

  "Dreaming  Of  Atlantean  Spires" the  first  official song  on  the demo  opens  with  heavy  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  screams  before  some  dark  sounding  keyboards  start  making  its  way  into  the  song  along  with  some  death  metal  influences  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  classical  music  elements  as  well as  a  mixture  of  fast  and  slow  parts  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  guitar  leads  that come  in  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  thrash  influences.

  "Bye  The  Blaze  Of  Of  The  Fire  Jewels"  begins  with  some  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  keyboards  before  the  black  metal  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  death  metal  influenced  guitar  riffing  and  deep  growls  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  towards  the  end  the  guitars  start  utilizing  some  melody  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background.

  "A  Shadow  In  Th  Mist"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the demo  starts  off  with  some  heavy death  metal  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  deep  growls  and  then  some  psychedelic  sounding  keyboards start kicking  in  along  with  some  slower  riffing  and  then  the  song  starts alternating  between  the  different  style  of  riffing  and  towards  the  end  of  the  song  you  can  hear  a  brief  use  of  melodic  elements.

  "Hyperborean  Requiem  is  an  experimental  piece  that was  recorded  in  2004  and utilizes  some  keyboards  and  avant  garde soundscapes  while  still  having  epic  elements.

"Byond  Hatheg-Kla"  which  is  also  the last  song  on  the  cd  opens  up  with  some  epic  keyboards  and  dark  soundscapes  along  with  some  animal  sounds  and  the  song  also  has  some  classical  influences  and  is  an  instrumental.

  Song lyrics  cover  Atlantis,  Fantasy,  Occult,  and  Science  Fiction  themes,  while  the  production  on the  demo was  more  raw  sounding than  the  albums  that  came  out  after  that  but  the  newer  songs  and  bonus  tracks  have  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  epic  sound  to  them.

  In  my  opinion this  was  a  great  sounding  recording  from  Bal  Sagoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  demo  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dreaming  Of  Atlantean  Spires"  and  "A  Shadow  In  Th  Mist".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

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