The Chthonic Chronicles
|The Chthonic Chronicles|
|Studio album by Bal-Sagoth|
|Released||March 10, 2006|
|Recorded||January 2003 - December 2005|
|Genre||Symphonic black metal|
The Chthonic Chronicles is the sixth studio album by English metal band Bal-Sagoth. The first in five years since 2001's Atlantis Ascendant, it is rumoured to be their last album. This album was released in Europe on 10 March 2006 through Nuclear Blast and in the US on 16 May through Candlelight Records, with a remastered digipak edition from Metal Mind Productions following in October 2011.
The Chthonic Chronicles is rumoured to be the band's final album. Their first album's introduction song is called "Hatheg-Kla", and the final song on The Chthonic Chronicles is called "Return to Hatheg-Kla", perhaps making their vision of an epic Hexalogy come full circle. Although Bal-Sagoth vocalist-lyricist Byron Roberts most often refers to The Chthonic Chronicles as "the end of the Hexalogy", this could also refer to the end of this particular set of stories. Byron has stated himself that there is an abundance of lyrical material left for the possible continuation of Bal-Sagoth.
The obscurely-worded album title refers to a key story element in the lyrics, and the chronicles themselves are a pure work of fiction from lyrics writer Roberts. The very rare word has been used in literature by T. S. Eliot, C. F. Keary and M. McCarthy, and is Greek in origin, meaning "earthly", specifically dealing with the underworld and spirits. (For more information, see Chthonic).
Bal-Sagoth's now-established tradition of lyrics revolving around antediluvian settings, such as Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu, is once again present, and song titles such as "Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu" indicate that a heavy H. P. Lovecraft inspiration is present too. The band continues previous storylines (which began on previous albums) in the songs "Invocations Beyond the Outer-World Night", "The Obsidian Crown Unbound" and "Unfettering the Hoary Sentinels of Karnak".
In November 2011, The Chthonic Chronicles 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.
|1.||"The Sixth Adulation of His Chthonic Majesty"||04:20|
|2.||"Invocations Beyond the Outer-World Night"||05:26|
|3.||"Six Score and Ten Oblations to a Malefic Avatar"||06:08|
|4.||"The Obsidian Crown Unbound"||05:58|
|5.||"The Fallen Kingdoms of the Abyssal Plain"||04:38|
|6.||"Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu"||04:02|
|7.||"The Hammer of the Emperor"||06:58|
|8.||"Unfettering the Hoary Sentinels of Karnak"||04:22|
|9.||"To Storm the Cyclopean Gates of Byzantium"||04:57|
|11.||"Beneath the Crimson Vaults of Cydonia"||05:15|
|12.||"Return to Hatheg-Kla"||03:28|
- Byron Roberts – vocals, artwork concept
- Chris Maudling – guitars
- Jonny Maudling – keyboards
- Mark Greenwell – bass
- Dan "Storm" Mullins – drums
- Henderson, Alex. "The Chthonic Chronicles - Bal-Sagoth : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012.