Bal Sagoth are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very epic form of black metal and this is a review of their 1998 album "Battle Magic" which will be re-issued on September 16th by Cacophonous Records.
Symphonic and epic sounding keyboards start off the album and they give the music an atmosphere of a fantasy film while also being a very huge part of the recording while also mixing in classical elements at times and they also mix it in with the heavier sections of the tracks and spoken words are a very huge part of the songs.
A lot of black metal screams can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats beats can be heard while the riffs are very melodic and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and also bring in a touch of traditional metal.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some of the faster sections of the songs bring in a very raw black metal feeling and a couple of the tracks a re instrumental and there is also a brief use of melodic singing while the main focus remains more on an aggressive stlye of vocals.
On this recording Bal Sagoth played a style of black metal that was very aggressive and melodic along with some very epic and symphonic style keyboards to create an album that was very different and groundbreaking for its time, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Epic Fantasy, Shamanism, Anglo Saxon/Celtic Paganism, Atlantis and Science Fiction themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Bal Sagoth and while most of their fans already own this album, modern fans of epic black metal should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Tale From Deep Woods" Return To The Praesidium Of Ys" "When Rides the Scion Of Swords' and "Thwarted by the Dark (Blade of the Vampire Hunter)'. 8/5 out of 10.