Alright, let’s just get this straight right now…there is metal, all different genres of metal in fact. You may prefer death, black, doom, speed, or maybe thrash. But when the genre of metal magic comes up, there are notable kings. But the clear dominant force of metal magic (in my humble dork opinion) is none other than the infamous Bal-Sagoth!
Born from the flames of the father land…Yorkshire, England, Bal-Sagoth has been spewing forth their niche style magic influenced metal since the early 90’s. Now, realize their path was not always so clear. Bal-Sagoth’s first full length release, A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria, was more of a blackened styled death metal with some fantasy aspects. But it was evident in the early days that Bal-Sagoth was destine for defining new realms of metal by touting musical/lyrical inspirations from some of the finest minds in the fantasy/sci-fi business, “Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and none other than Jack Kirby.”.
The traditional blackened death musings of their first release were but a detour from their true path to enlightenment. In 1996 Bal-Sagoth released the ever classic Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule. If you have ever had a glimmer of interest in this genre of metal and have not heard this album, I cannot recommend it enough. In fact I raise my sword, with hilt high above my brow, and intent to slice my opponent from crown to crotch if they do not gallop hither to their local musical market and gladly pay their weight in fine jewels for this album. Starfire Burning wreaks of Conan influences…you will hear it all over this album…and how can you not enjoy Conan style metal music!
Unfortunately, this YouTube vid is not really a video, but more of a still image with one of Bal-Sagoth’s track playing. Ah, but this is no ordinary Bal-Sagoth tune, this is one of this dork’s particular favorites. Please sit back and listen to all six glorious minutes of A Tale from the Deep Woods!
Make sure to check out all of Bal-Sagoth’s work and news at their official website!