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Bal-Sagoth - Atlantis Ascendant

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The Epsilon Exordium
Atlantis Ascendant
Draconis Albionensis
Star-Maps Of The Ancient Cosmographers
The Ghosts Of Angkor Wat
The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath The Blazon Of The Hyperborean Empire (Part: III)
The Dreamer In The Catacombs Of Ur
In Search Of The Lost Cities Of Antarctica
The Chronicle Of Shadows
Six Keys To The Onyx Pyramid

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2001
Label: Nuclear Blast
Categories: Black, Heavy, Orchestral, Symphonic

MetalBite Review by Krys on 5/30/2001
Bal-Sagoth saga continuesÖ and I donít know what to say more. Their fifth album didnít amazed me in any way but it also didnít have anything that could make me puke. So, what Iím trying to say is that music on "Atlantis Ascendant" hasnít really changed from anything theyíve done in the past and represents just another solid release from this unique band.

I have to admit that I was never their biggest fan, but I could certainly endorse their genius and innovation and even if for many years they followed almost exactly this same path, you have to acknowledge their originality and determination. I donít think the metal scene has another band that could be compared to Bal-Sagoth and that in itself is something I canít say about most of the groups out there. But letís get to the music cause originality doesnít mean anything if itís followed by a lack of talent or music skills. I can assure you that itís not the case here. Bal-Sagoth plays battle-war-symphonic-black metal which is full of astonished arrangements and atmospheric keyboards. Iím not sure if this is a bad production or the musiciansí decision, but if they could spice up, juice, flat sounding guitars and add some depth to the empty drums this album could become much more energetic and powerful... but I guess thatís a matter of personal taste.

Their interpretation of a fantasy world with a black-metal background might not appeal to everyone but since there are plans to make an illustrated book or even a video game based on Bal-Sagothís story then you should definitely be checking it out too. Itís worth it.

Since "Atlantis Ascendant" is the second release of their second trilogy I donít expect them to change their style on the next release. However, after this six-piece series is done I hope and expect that Bal-Sagoth dares to take some chances and start experimenting or otherwise they might risk losing their originality.

Bottom Line: If you want to widen you musical horizon, definitely something you should hear.

Rating: 7 out of 10