Battle Magic

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Battle Magic
Bal-Sagoth Battle Magic.jpg
Studio album by Bal-Sagoth
Released November 2, 1998
Recorded October–December 1997 at Academy Music Studio, Yorkshire, England
Genre Symphonic black metal
Length 49:54
Label Cacophonous
Producer Mags
Bal-Sagoth chronology
Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule
(1996)Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule1996
Battle Magic
(1998)
The Power Cosmic
(1999)The Power Cosmic1999

Battle Magic is the third album by Bal-Sagoth, released in 1998 on Cacophonous Records, and is their last recording for that company before they signed to Nuclear Blast.

It is the last album to feature Jonny Maudling on drums, who following this album would go on to concentrate fully on playing the keyboards. The cover artwork for the album features the fantasy character "Caylen-Tor", created by Bal-Sagoth vocalist/lyricist Byron Roberts.

The band were awarded one full month to record, much of which was spent on the orchestral arrangements. The keyboards in "Blood Slakes the Sand at the Circus Maximus" alone took six full days to complete.[1] The opening of "Blood Slakes the Sand at the Circus Maximus" is identical to the score for the film Spartacus composed by Alex North.

On 16 September 2016, Battle Magic was reissued on CD by Cacophonous Records, featuring remastered audio, an expanded lyric booklet and new cover artwork.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Byron Roberts and Jonny and Chris Maudling.

No. Title Length
1. "Battle Magic" 02:45
2. "Naked Steel (The Warrior's Saga)" 04:44
3. "A Tale from the Deep Woods" 05:36
4. "Return to the Praesidium of Ys" 06:29
5. "Crystal Shards" 02:17
6. "The Dark Liege of Chaos Is Unleashed at the Ensorcelled Shrine of A'zura-Kai (The Splendour of a Thousand Swords Gleaming Beneath the Blazon of the Hyperborean Empire, Part II)" 04:14
7. "When Rides the Scion of the Storms" 06:16
8. "Blood Slakes the Sand at the Circus Maximus" 08:53
9. "Thwarted by the Dark (Blade of the Vampyre Hunter)" 06:18
10. "And Atlantis Falls..." 02:22
Total length: 49:54

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mags – producer, engineering
  • Jeroen van Valkenburg – artwork (inner inlay)
  • J.C. Dhien – photography
  • Simon Lee – artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Bal-Sagoth Discography". bal-sagoth.freeserve.co.uk. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.