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Release date: 29 April 2013
Style: Progressive black metal

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7.5 | 57 votes

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01. The Inception
02. Resentment
03. Against The Paradoxical Guild
04. In Self-Ruin
05. Sceptre To Control The World
06. Intermezzo
07. Triumphalism
08. Dust Of A Gun Barrel
09. When Scorn Can Scourge No More

Lyrics (7)


Line-up
Greg Chandler - vocals
Vortigern - guitars, chants, organ, keyboards
Thomas "T. J. F." Vallely - drums, percussion
Benjamin "Aran" "Tristan" König - bass


Additional info
The album was released on CD (Mordgrimm Records) and LP (Gilead Media).

The album was recorded intermittently both at Eidola Studios (Dorset) and Priory Studios (Staffordshire) between April and August 2012. Mixed and Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Studios.

All music and lyrics were written by Vortigern.

Staff pick by
!J.O.O.E.!

10.05.2013 Ever wondered what Esoteric might sound like if they played black metal? Well wonder no more. Featuring Esoteric's Greg Chandler, as well as members from UK black metal masterclasses Archaicus and Omega Centauri, this has literally become the crème de la crème of England's extreme metal talent. The result is quite incredible and I predict this will top most people's black metal lists this year.



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!J.O.O.E.! - 10.05.2013 at 22:29  
Rating: 9 If this doesn't make black metal album of the year I'll be surprised.
InnerSelf - 10.05.2013 at 22:38  
Rating: 9 Sceptre To Control The World alone already topped my black metal lists this year.
Boxcar Willy - 11.05.2013 at 01:25  
Rating: 7 Saaaaweeeeeeeet
Chobo_jokeR - 11.05.2013 at 04:48  
Rating: 8 Wow...that was a truly fantastic album. Ever-changing and never repetitive. Very high quality release. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks JOOE.
OnyxValkyrja - 11.05.2013 at 05:56  
Rating: 10 Maybe it's just me, but there seems to be more a few more artists moving towards or experimenting with this "style" of black metal (not really sure how to categorize it, lol), and I absolutely adore it.
Great sound, great execution, and brutal as fuck. n_n
mz - 11.05.2013 at 12:23  
Rating: 6 The firs time I saw band name mistook it for lykate LOL.
Will check this out asap
Nefarious - 11.05.2013 at 13:09  
Rating: 8 This was probably my most anticipated release of 2013 ever since I came across 'Sceptre to Control the World' on bandcamp back in March. The album not only lived up to my expectations, but actually exceed them. Fantastic stuff. CD+Shirt package is in the mail on it's way to me, looking forward to getting my hands on it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.05.2013 at 14:35  
Rating: 9 I just realised, I get a huge Opeth vibe from this record. Those moments when Opeth build up and shit gets going. It's like a whole album of that. Well, apart from the driving black metal moments of course.

[EDIT]

Yep, listen to "When Scorn Can Scourge No More" and tell me that the whole thing doesn't reek of Opeth. Everything about those riffs and chord progressions is Blackwater Park Opeth (perhaps with the tone of Orchid. being vaguely black metal of course) to my ears. Lovely stuff.
Vombatus - 11.05.2013 at 17:17  
  It's cool & all... but wasn't blow away. Maybe reading the comments did affect me, will listen more carefully before final opinion.
Alex Fenger - 11.05.2013 at 18:43  
Rating: 8 Every time I hear an album this year that I think can't be beaten, some band comes out and releases a fucking masterpiece.
EDIT: Does not hold much replay value. Whatever I thought made this a masterpiece a few months ago seems to have a faded. Still a great album, just not 9 worthy.
mz - 11.05.2013 at 22:17  
Rating: 6 Black metal+old opeth+esoteric? count me in
MechanisT - 12.05.2013 at 01:48  
  THIS warrants a full-scale listen.
Chobo_jokeR - 12.05.2013 at 03:37  
Rating: 8 There's a lot in this album that stands out to me, but dammit, I can never get enough of Greg Chandler's vocals. The man is extremely talented, and it's always a treat to hear him on an album I've never heard before.
InnerSelf - 12.05.2013 at 20:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Alex Fenger on 11.05.2013 at 18:43

Everytime I hear an album this year that I think can't be beaten, some band comes out and releases a fucking masterpiece.

This

Written by Chobo_jokeR on 12.05.2013 at 03:37

There's a lot in this album that stands out to me, but dammit, I can never get enough of Greg Chandler's vocals. The man is extremely talented, and it's always a treat to hear him on an album I've never heard before.

And this .

Hyping albums is not something I usually do but goddamn this albums is massive, it's not only likely to top my end of year list but might be one of the finest BM albums I've had the pleasure to listen to.
Rodney - 14.05.2013 at 09:09  
  I feel like I'm missing something here. It's seems good, but not nearly so much as it's getting hyped up to be. This doesn't sound all that much better than most of the BM I hear these days, at least not to my ears. But that's just my opinion. Maybe I got to hyped reading the comments?
Chobo_jokeR - 15.05.2013 at 05:02  
Rating: 8
Written by Rodney on 14.05.2013 at 09:09

I feel like I'm missing something here. It's seems good, but not nearly so much as it's getting hyped up to be. This doesn't sound all that much better than most of the BM I hear these days, at least not to my ears. But that's just my opinion. Maybe I got to hyped reading the comments?


Well I know all the people who have commented on the album love Esoteric. So hearing Greg Chandler do vocals on a black metal album, may be the reason for alot of the praise. But I don't know, I find that there is an amazing flow to the album. I turn it on, the album flies by, its over, and I repeat it. I've found the replay value to be excellent. I find tons of variation in the songs. Plenty of cool riffs and sections in each song. The comments may have overhyped it for you, which is a shame, but this album had me at "Greg Chandler on Vocals".
Rodney - 15.05.2013 at 07:33  
 
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 15.05.2013 at 05:02

Written by Rodney on 14.05.2013 at 09:09

I feel like I'm missing something here. It's seems good, but not nearly so much as it's getting hyped up to be. This doesn't sound all that much better than most of the BM I hear these days, at least not to my ears. But that's just my opinion. Maybe I got to hyped reading the comments?


Well I know all the people who have commented on the album love Esoteric. So hearing Greg Chandler do vocals on a black metal album, may be the reason for alot of the praise. But I don't know, I find that there is an amazing flow to the album. I turn it on, the album flies by, its over, and I repeat it. I've found the replay value to be excellent. I find tons of variation in the songs. Plenty of cool riffs and sections in each song. The comments may have overhyped it for you, which is a shame, but this album had me at "Greg Chandler on Vocals".


Ah gotcha, I could definitely see how that would work. I'm sure I'll give it another spin sometime, it's not bad by any means. Hopefully I'll feel the magic next time.
InnerSelf - 15.05.2013 at 20:21  
Rating: 9 Aside from our affliction with Greg's vocals, the structure of the album is really fresh and sounds like as if Esoteric are playing Black Metal.
tea[m]ster - 16.05.2013 at 18:29  
  Well, I had to see what all the fuss was about. I listened to a couple of songs, doesn't really melt my butter. I may give this another shot at some point.
Aetherius - 17.05.2013 at 08:15  
Rating: 9 This is good !
Boxcar Willy - 18.05.2013 at 19:49  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 16.05.2013 at 18:29

Well, I had to see what all the fuss was about. I listened to a couple of songs, doesn't really melt my butter. I may give this another shot at some point.

I don't really think this is your thing in all honesty, but it's a pretty solid black output.

I'd definitely give it another shot.
tea[m]ster - 19.05.2013 at 02:22  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.05.2013 at 19:49

I'd definitely give it another shot.


On it.

I am getting into black metal more and more, of course it's along the lines of post-black and atmospheric black but still, give me kudos for trying
Zaphod - 26.05.2013 at 15:49  
Rating: 7 Since the staff pick mentions Esoteric, I'd expected a longer album.
Boxcar Willy - 31.05.2013 at 01:48  
Rating: 7 Don't get the hype.
mz - 07.06.2013 at 17:12  
Rating: 6
Written by Boxcar Willy on 31.05.2013 at 01:48

Don't get the hype.

+1
I listened to this album once and was not that impressed. The only good+ song was Dust of a Gun Barrel. Should definitely give it more spins but I doubt my mind would change
Xnoybis - 15.06.2013 at 11:55  
Rating: 7 Liked it, but was a bit underwhelming really, given the hype and credentials.
Lit. - 15.06.2013 at 20:15  
  It had it's moments. Scepter To Control The World and Dust Of A Gun Barrel are cool.
But, yeah, as said above, overrated.
Góral - 27.06.2013 at 19:08  
Rating: 8 Current "black metal world" needs more something like this.
-DC-002- - 02.07.2013 at 07:15  
 
Written by Xnoybis on 15.06.2013 at 11:55

Liked it, but was a bit underwhelming really, given the hype and credentials.


this
Skyum - 05.08.2013 at 23:47  
Rating: 8 Not sure what to make of this one. Impressed the hell out of me on first listen, but after 7-8 listens over 2-3 months it's merely "good" with moments of greatness here and there. Without Chandler on vocals this would not be as interesting. [7½]
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.09.2014 at 20:32  
Rating: 9 Still a great album. Still very Opeth-y to me.

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