Bal Sagoth are a band from England that has been featured before in this zine and are a band known for fantasy and epic approach to black metal and this is a review of their 1993 demo "Aprocryphal Tales" which was re-issued by Godreah Records which displays the beginnings of their epic metal sound with a more raw approach.
"Intro" starts off the demo with some sound effects, spoken word samples, demonic vocals and epic keyboards and serves as an introduction to what is going to come.
"Dreaming Of Atlantean Spires" the first official song on the demo opens with heavy black metal guitar and bass riffs and drums along with some screams before some dark sounding keyboards start making its way into the song along with some death metal influences and death metal growls along with some classical music elements as well as a mixture of fast and slow parts and towards the end there is a brief use of dark sounding guitar leads that come in for a few seconds along with some blast beats and thrash influences.
"Bye The Blaze Of Of The Fire Jewels" begins with some dark sounding guitar riffs, drums and keyboards before the black metal screams kick in along with some death metal influenced guitar riffing and deep growls along with a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as a brief use of blast beats and towards the end the guitars start utilizing some melody and you can hear the bass guitars in the background.
"A Shadow In Th Mist" which is also the last song on the demo starts off with some heavy death metal guitar riffs, drums and deep growls and then some psychedelic sounding keyboards start kicking in along with some slower riffing and then the song starts alternating between the different style of riffing and towards the end of the song you can hear a brief use of melodic elements.
"Hyperborean Requiem is an experimental piece that was recorded in 2004 and utilizes some keyboards and avant garde soundscapes while still having epic elements.
"Byond Hatheg-Kla" which is also the last song on the cd opens up with some epic keyboards and dark soundscapes along with some animal sounds and the song also has some classical influences and is an instrumental.
Song lyrics cover Atlantis, Fantasy, Occult, and Science Fiction themes, while the production on the demo was more raw sounding than the albums that came out after that but the newer songs and bonus tracks have a very strong, powerful and epic sound to them.
In my opinion this was a great sounding recording from Bal Sagoth and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this demo re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dreaming Of Atlantean Spires" and "A Shadow In Th Mist". RECOMMENDED BUY.