|Review: Bal-Sagoth - Apocryphal Tales|
Label: Godreah Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)
This is a repressing of the classic Bal-Sagoth demos from 1993, with a couple of added bits to pad it out. These demo tracks were famously bashed out in one day in a crap studio on crap equipment, with a primitive mastering job and no real remaster added for this release. I suspect they have been punched up a bit, as they don't sound muffled enough for an early 90's recording.
This is Bal-Sagoth at their most primitive, so there is almost none of the symphonic sweep of their later material, but these remain fun songs. Byron's vocal style has not evolved into its full form, and he bellows and shrieks his way through this, without the trademark narration. The guitar sound is nice and heavy, and the demo quality adds a certain arcane feel that you can't really fake. This is really only of great interest to people who are already fans of the band, but it gives a good value.
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