MetalBite Review by Chris on 5/30/2001
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.
If you want to widen you musical horizon, definitely something you should hear.
out of 10