November 25, 1996 - 2021: 25 years of: Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule.
Epic epicness of epic proportions !
From England, them again, comes the audacious eerie crusade of Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule. The immortal BATHORY initiated the migration into viking-metal with 1990's Hammerheart CD. We now dwell beyond after forever ...please welcome, the symphonic lone wolfs of medieval-metal: BAL-SAGOTH.
The cold and bombastic "Black Dragons Soar Above The Mountain Of Shadows (Prologue)" intro sets the mood and "To Dethrone The Witch-Queen Of Mytos K'unn (The Legend Of The Battle Of Blackhelm Vale)" kicks the celebrations into full Armageddon.
Galloping rhythms and symphonic keyboards usually never mixes, yet the warriors of BAL-SAGOTH crafts pure metal-magic. Metal-wise, hints of MANOWAR and darkness-wise, hints of MORTIIS ...yes it's that wide.
The "Journey To The Isle Of Mists (Over The Moonless Depths Of Night-Dark Seas)" interlude resets the pace for the gigantic "And Lo, When The Imperium Marches Against Gul-Kothoth, Then Dark Sorceries Shall Enshroud The Citadel Of The Obsidian Crown" to take over any standing souls left.
Majestic moods and magical themes, just like the Legend and Indiana Jones movie-scores ...just add Euro-powermetal wizardry to the equation. Classic-wise, hints of Gustav Holst and horror-wise, hints of Wendy Carlos ...yes it's that wide.
The lenghty song-titles are and attraction on their own. Not other band has yet to push the epicness into Biblical proportion such as these brigand Brits. Not actual blackmetal, not actual powermetal, but all the esthetics and production-tone of, all packaged under the Dungeons & Dragons board-game mindset.
From the icy hills of the Hyperborean lands, they bring you swords, snow and infinite winds. The grandiose experience of BAL-SAGOTH, the sights and sounds of the Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule CD, is a unique stand-alone show-stopper. Nothing comes even close.
The cover-art is a Joe Petagno creation, the same artist from the long-lasting MOTÖRHEAD legacy. The initial trilogy shall conclude and the madness shall be back on 1998's gnome infested Battle Magic CD.
Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule = full CD
Live in Switzerland in 1997
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