|Majestic epic metal music is what Bal Sagoth play on their recent album “Atlantis Ascendant”. Lord Byron who writes the lyrics and is the singer of the band, talks about their music, about the movie “Lord Of The Rings” and the fantasy literature that inspires the band!|
of all, I heard your latest album, which I think is an excellent
symphonic epic metal album and I really liked it. Tell us all the latest
news from the band.
B: HAIL! At the moment we are beginning the preliminary writing process for the forthcoming 6th album, and also planning to do some more UK and European shows in the spring. We'd like to get another European tour arranged, and then we'll begin preparations for the recording of the sixth opus.
believe that you like very much to write epic symphonic music and I can
say that you do it Very well and with a unic and specific way!!!I wonder
what are the things that insired you to write such a majestic music?
B: The Bal-Sagoth concept was something which I dreamed up a long time ago... back in the 1980's. I wanted to form an extreme metal band which would create powerfully symphonic, bombastic and dark black/death metal, all entwined in and guided by a grand lyrical concept. It took me many years to finally locate personnel who were suitable to enlist, and in 1993 we recorded a very brutal, raw demo tape which only hinted at the greatness to come. The thing which inspired me the most was the desire to create such a symphonic odyssey of dark metal, and it was cool that I found Jonny & Chris Maudling who had the willingness and the musical ability to help me in this quest.
do the lyrics talk about? Which are your favorite lyrics subjects?
lyrics are the manna which sustains this mammoth cosmic engine... they
are the coruscating crystals of power which energize the Bal-Sagoth
war-machine. All the Bal-Sagoth lyrics are part of the same grand saga,
a saga that encompasses the entire vista of creation from the beginnings
of the universe to the cataclysmic end of all there is. They are
tales of ancient kingdoms, epic battles, distant worlds, dark
sorcery, diabolical demons, rogue gods, and incredible journeys beyond
the parameters of humanity to spheres of existence unparalleled in the
annals of the cosmos. My tales are born of the imagination and are
inspired by many things, including ancient myths and legends, arcane
history, dreams, and a myriad other sources. The alternate-universe of
my lyrics is a fantastic place teeming with dark and sublime
wonders, a place complete with its own unique history, theology,
geography, mythology and cosmology... a place of glorious carnage, epic
adventure and unparalleled darkness. The saga is eternal and there are
countless stories yet to be told...
mostly listen to black, death and thrash metal, as well as classical
music and epic film soundtracks. That's about all I listen to, as I
don't really like any other kinds of music!
you see the movie Lord Of The Rings? I think that it was a great
movie!!! Do you believe that Bal Sagoth could handle to write the
sountrack for such a movie? Personally I would like to hear that Bal
Sagoth have written the soundtrack for a movie. Are there any plans to
do such a thing?
Yes indeed, the first LOTR movie was great. The photography, acting
and SFX were all excellent. It was a wonderful adaptation of the first
book and I'm very much looking forward to the next two films.
the stories and titles for the sixth album are complete, but they won't
be disclosed until much closer to the release date.
B: Bathory: Blood Fire Death
If you were the DJ on a "high society's" party where it was
full of VIP's, which 5 songs would you choose to play in order to wake
them up and make them "high", or make them to freak out
Bathory: Of Doom
to the end, please tell us what it is that occurs to you with regard to
the following classics: a) Venom - Black Metal, b) AC/DC - High Voltage
c) Death - Individuals Thought Patterns d) Hawkwind - Hall Of The
Mountain Grill e) Judas Priest - British Steel?
a)This is a cool album, and a work, which inspired a great many extreme metal bands over the years.
thanks for this cool interview, and hail to all our supporters reading
this. Hope to see you later this year for some further live carnage!!
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