Thursday, November 10, 2016

Temple of Baal

Temple of Baal is a black metal band from France that was formed in 1998. The most recent album is called Mysterium (2015). The album reveals the band's experience in the dark arts. It is a professional recording and it shows that the band means business and is ready to give any band--any band!--a run for their money. Go to the first link below to hear in its entirety the album Mysterium. This is the band's discography, according to Metal Archives.
OFFICIAL: As the album's title suggests, "Mysterium" dwells on the topics of spirituality and religiosity. "From the opener, Lord Of Knowledge And Death, to the closing number, All In Your Name, every inch of this record drips with it" - comments the band."Mysterium can be seen a collection of meditations and prayers over the mysteries of Faith, directed towards the gods of the left hand path".
Musically, TEMPLE OF BAAL's Black Metal roots are back in full force, allowing the atmospheres to develop through songs of epic proportions, mostly clocking around 8 or 9 minutes each. "Mysterium" covers a wide musical specter, from slower ritualistic parts, to furious blasts and thrashy riffs or the surprisingly melodic choirs of "Magna Gloria Tua" and "Hosanna", each song taking the listener into a spiritual journey, evolving through various climates, keeping the listener's mind awake. "I never got that much into monotonous, uniform albums" - says band's leader Amduscias. "I like music to take my mind from one point to another. Even if I have a strict view of what TEMPLE OF BAAL should be, stagnation is not something I'm very fond of."
The recording of "Mysterium" took place in Hybreed Studios with long-time sound engineer, Andrew Guillotin (Glorior Belli, Mourning Dawn), who managed to capture the band's trademark massive sounding, magnifying it through a warm and organic production. Cover artwork and layout have been prepared by David Fitt (Aosoth, Secrets of the Moon, Svart Crown) and Maria Yakhnenko.
Paying tribute to their old school roots, TEMPLE OF BAAL covers Bathory for the second time, with the song "The Golden Walls Of Heaven" closing the vinyl edition as a bonus track.
Satanas Lux Solis Demo 1999
Unholy Chants of Darkness / Faces of the Void Split 2001
Black Unholy Presence Demo 2002
Rituals of Black Plague Live album 2003
Servants of the Beast Full-length 2003
Sargeist / Temple of Baal Split 2004
Traitors to Mankind Full-length 2005
Ancestral Fog / Temple of Baal Split 2006
Temple of Baal / Aosoth Split 2007
Lightslaying Rituals Full-length 2009
The Vision of Fading Mankind Split 2011
Verses of Fire Full-length 2013
Mysterium Full-length 2015

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