Atlantis Ascendant

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Atlantis Ascendant
Studio album by Bal-Sagoth
Released April 17, 2001
Recorded November–December 2000
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 48:53
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Mags
Bal-Sagoth chronology
The Power Cosmic
Atlantis Ascendant
The Chthonic Chronicles

Atlantis Ascendant is the fifth studio album by English metal band Bal-Sagoth. It was released in April 2001 through Nuclear Blast. This was the first Bal-Sagoth album to be recorded (albeit only partially) with digital recording technology.

The album's primary story and lyrical concept as written by vocalist-lyricist Byron Roberts centres on the exploits of a fictional nineteenth century British archaeologist and adventurer named Professor Caleb Blackthorne III, who has dedicated his life to the field of antediluvian anthropology and to seeking out evidence as to the true nature of mankind's origin. As with many protagonists in the Lovecraftian fashion, his investigations lead to madness and death.

In November 2011, Atlantis Ascendant was reissued as a limited edition digipak by Nuclear Blast's affiliate label Metal Mind Productions. The reissue featured an expanded lyric booklet, additional artwork and remastered audio.

In July 2013, Atlantis Ascendant was released on CD in Argentina via Icarus Music under license from Nuclear Blast GmbH.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Byron Roberts, Jonny Maudling and Chris Maudling.

No. Title Length
1. "The Epsilon Exordium" 3:37
2. "Atlantis Ascendant" 5:27
3. "Draconis Albionensis" 6:18
4. "Star-Maps of the Ancient Cosmographers" 5:12
5. "The Ghosts of Angkor Wat" 2:22
6. "The Splendour of a Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath the Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire, Part III" 7:18
7. "The Dreamer in the Catacombs of Ur" 5:16
8. "In Search of the Lost Cities of Antarctica" 5:42
9. "The Chronicle of Shadows" 5:34
10. "Six Keys to the Onyx Pyramid" 2:08
Total length: 48:53

These bonus tracks were taken from the 1993 demo.


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mags – engineering, mixing, producer
  • Martin Hanford – cover art, artwork (illustrations)
  • Simon Lee – photography