Esoteric (album)

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For the Al Haig album reissued as Esoteric, see Al Haig Trio (Esoteric).
Studio album by Skyfire
Released 14 September 2009
Genre Melodic death metal, symphonic power metal
Length 55:58
Label Pivotal Rockordings
Producer Skyfire
Skyfire chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth 8.5/10 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 7.5/10 stars[2]

Esoteric is the fourth studio album by Swedish metal band Skyfire. It was released on 14 September in the United Kingdom, 18 September for the rest of Europe and October 13, 2009 in North America,[3] through Pivotal Rockordings.[4] The cover artwork was made by Pär Olofsson who also created the artwork for other acts such as The Faceless, Psycroptic and Spawn of Possession along with the layout by Erik Olofsson of Cult of Luna.[4] Martin Hanner revealed that the album is a concept album and that "The cover is basically a guy who is being initiated by a cult," he further responded with:

The band was also going for an epic sound inspired by the likes of Symphony X and Bal-Sagoth.[4] A choir and orchestra was said to be added to their overall sound but it is unclear as to what extent they would be used.[4] As for bonus tracks, the band and label decided on releasing material previously unheard by the public from their demo Within Reach.[4] At this time, the band used clean vocals as opposed to growling vocals.[4]

The album has been distributed via Koch Distribution, in cooperation with Listenable Records. The album encountered a delay for the North American release due to a scheduling issue.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Deathlike Overture (Intro)" 1:26
2. "Esoteric" 4:45
3. "Rise and Decay" 6:11
4. "Let the Old World Burn" 4:11
5. "Darkness Descending" 7:09
6. "Seclusion" 3:57
7. "Misery's Supremacy" 7:10
8. "Under a Pitch Black Sky" 4:52
9. "Linger in Doubt" 5:19
10. "The Legacy of the Defeated" 7:22
11. "Within Reach" (bonus track) 3:36


Band members[edit]


Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 14 September 2009
Europe 18 September 2009
North America October 13, 2009