Mysterium

by Temple of Baal

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Ippocalyptica
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Ippocalyptica This is one of the most overlooked modern black metal albums, and also one of the most rewarding upon initial listening as well as with repeated exposure. We could say that Mysterium sounds a lot like late-era Aosoth with a stronger death metal influence, and that should be enough to persuade you, but what makes Mysterium special is its total mastery of dynamics. The multi-textured black metal assault, regardless of tempo, never gets boring, and every musician here is performing at their peak. Favorite track: Divine Scythe.
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Jarak I can't quite put my finger on what it is that's great about this album, but I really like it. I have some really good music in my meagre Bandcamp collection, but this sits above most of the other death-y albums I have.

Be sure to check out the outro to 'All in Your Name' - it's a heck of a way to close out the album. Favorite track: All in Your Name.
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Analbead Steve Good job fellas. Favorite track: All in Your Name.
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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.

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released October 2, 2015

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The album is available in following formats:

- 6 panel digipak CD
- Limited to 150 copies double 12"vinyl (one black, one picture)
- Limited to 350 copies double black vinyl

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