The essence of BAL-SAGOTH originally began in the late 1980’s as the idea of vocalist/lyricist Byron Roberts... a high concept project intended to take the form of a sublimely symphonic black/death metal band swathed in a lyrical concept of dark fantasy & science-fiction, inspired by the celebrated style of the grand pulp horror and fantasy literature of the 1930’s, whilst simultaneously being infused with the baroque and arcane mysteries of ages long past and Byron’s enduring fascination with ancient mythology and occultism.
After several attempts by Byron to get the project up and running, the idea was finally put into action when Alistair MacLatchy introduced Byron to the brothers Jonny and Chris Maudling, who were jamming cover versions with friends and also looking to start a serious metal band. The inception of the band took place during the summer of 1993, and after releasing a mysteriously apocryphal demo in the deep winter, Bal-Sagoth signed to London’s Cacophonous Records, a sub-label of Vinyl Solution. Over the course of five years Bal-Sagoth recorded their celebrated First Trilogy of albums, comprising 1995’s “A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria”, 1996’s “Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule”, and 1998’s “Battle Magic”.
The band then signed to the German label Nuclear Blast and began the process of completing their planned six part saga, beginning with 1999's “The Power Cosmic”. This was followed up in 2001 with the band’s fifth full length album, “Atlantis Ascendant”.
In mid 2003 the band locked themselves away to write their much anticipated sixth album. The long awaited cataclysmic conclusion to the band's epic hexalogy, "The Chthonic Chronicles", was finally released through Nuclear Blast during the first quarter 2006, and received outstanding reviews from the worldwide music press.
Bal-Sagoth transcend all boundaries, striding over the limitations of the black metal genre like a great steel-thewed colossus. The mammoth Bal-Sagoth engine is fuelled with the mana of genius; epic and baroque sagas of darkest fantasy & science fiction set against a stirring orchestral metal soundtrack, multifaceted and exciting stories given the spark of thespian life and resonating within this grandiose musical soundscape... the key to a sublime artistic odyssey taking listeners on a journey to the infinite realms beyond. This is pure sinister and bombastic art the likes of which the world has never before seen! The peerless power of the mighty Bal-Sagoth is truly a wondrous and sublimely disturbing thrill-ride for all those brave and imaginitive souls who have ever craved music which is exciting, entertaining, enchanting and wholly enthralling!
No other band captures the imagination like Bal-Sagoth... no other band has carved for themselves such a unique place in the annals of musical history, reigning supreme as the true kings of bombastic baroque Britannic battle-metal! All hail Bal-Sagoth!