Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L

 


LABEL: Gothic Records (1993)/Osmose Productions (1993/1997)/The Crypt & Dark Symphonies (2011-2018)
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 1993
ARTWORK: Timothy Phillips (Queen Of Disques)


TRACK LIST:
1. An Involution Of Thorns
2. Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe)
3. An Equinox Of Fathomless Disheartenment
4. The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal
5. Infinite And Profane Thrones
6. Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act II)]
7. An Evolution Of Horns

BONUS TRACKS ON DIGIPAK VERSION:

8. The Coming Of War (Live)

9. The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal (Live)

10. Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle (Live)


LINE-UP:
Shaftiel - Electric Guitar & Voice
Daviel Athron Mysticia - Electric Guitar
Emperor Proscriptor Magikus - Percussives, Voice & Poetic Ways
Lord Equitant Alastor - Bass Guitar & FX
Black Massith - Synthesizer & 16-Bit Sampling Rates

Additional Musicians:
Lynette Mitchell - Additional Vocals on Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe)

LINE-UP ON LIVE TRACKS:
Shaftiel - Guitar & Vocals
Lord Equitant Alastor - Guitar
Mezzadurus - Bass & Vocals
Emperor Proscriptor Magikus - Drums & Vocals

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
The original “Queen Of Disques” painting drawn by Timothy Phillips was supposed to be the cover artwork and it took Gothic Records three attempts to make cover appear correctly; both times featured the ABSU logo cut off, as the color contrast was very weak as well. The full name of this release is "Barathrum: Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem," which is an alchemical motto that translates to "Visit the interior of the earth and purifying you will find the hidden stone", and refers to a process of internal spiritual purification. Produced by ABSU and Gothic Records. Executive production by Osmose Productions. Recorded in 1993. Original CD by Gothic Records was limited to 900 copies and did not feature either the band's logo nor the album's title on it. However, there is also a Gothic Records version with the album title on the front cover. Picture LP limited to 800 copies. (Bestial Onslaught Productions - 200 copies including a shirt and a patch)  Re-released by Dark Symphonies in 2017 remastered without bonus tracks, but packaged with information from the LP box set. Re-released again by Dark Symphonies on CD without bonus tracks in 2017 and a 25th Anniversary Edition LP in 2018.

LP BOX SET DETAILS: Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. was re-released in January, 2011 as a 3-LP box set limited to 500 numbered-copies (200 black & 300 red/black marbled), two gatefold sleeves, original cover art, posters and booklet pressed on 180-gram vinyl. A single LP version (no bonus tracks inclusive) was issued by The Crypt/Dark Symphonies in August 2014.

TRACK LIST:
LP 1 - Side One: Original Studio Album
An Involution Of Thorns
Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe)
An Equinox Of Fathomless Disheartenment
The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal

Side Two:
Infinite And Profane Thrones
Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act II)]
An Evolution Of Horns

LP 2 - Side Three: Live Tracks (From Osmose Productions Collector's Edition: Volume 2)
The Coming Of War
The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal
Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

Side Four: Alternate Album Mix
Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe)
An Equinox Of Fathomless Disheartenment
The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal
Infinite And Profane Thrones

LP 3 - Side Five:
Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act II)]
The Temples Of Offal - EP
Immortal Sorcery
Sumerian Sands (The Silence)
Disembodied

Side Six: Return Of The Ancients - Demo
Immortal Sorcery
Eternal Rest
Sea Of Glasya
Dawn Of Invocation
Abhorred Xul (Azathoth Composing Session – Pre-ABSU Rehearsal)

The Sun Of Tiphareth

LABEL: Osmose Productions (1995)/The Crypt (2013/2016)
RELEASE DATE: March 1st, 1995
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp

TRACK LIST:
1. Apzu
2. Feis Mor Tir Na N'og (Across The North Sea To Visnech)
3. Cyntefyn's Fountain
4. A Quest Into The 77th Novel
5. Our Lust For Lunar Plains (Nox Luna Inlustris)
6. The Coming Of War  
7. The Sun Of Tiphareth

LINE-UP:
Proscriptor - All Percussives, Synthesizers, Flute, Voice & Lyrical Magick
Equitant Ifernain Dal Gais - Electric Lead Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar & Lyrical Obscurity
Shaftiel (Lord Of Shadows) - Electric Lead Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar & Voice

Additional Musicians:
Lynette Mitchell - Additional Vocals on ApzuA Quest Into The 77th Novel & The Coming Of War

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Recorded in September 1994 at Reel-To-Reel Studios and in October 1994 at Goodnight Studios - Dallas, Texas. Engineered by Danny Brown. All music produced, composed and written by Absu. All lyrics written by Proscriptor and Equitant. Executive production: Osmose Productions. The Coming Of War was originally composed by Trent White, (Morbid Scream) but here was re-adapted by Proscriptor. The blue vinyl version is limited to 300 copies. (Also released on black vinyl and CD) May 2006: Collector’s Edition Picture LP Re-release on Agonia Records. CD released in 2017 by Osmose Productions with new track order and remixed production.

LP BOX SET DETAILS: The Sun Of Tiphareth was re-released again in December, 2012 as a 3-LP box set limited to 666 hand-numbered copies (222 black/222 white/222 blue), three gatefold sleeves, original cover art, posters, booklet, 180-gram vinyl and a bonus replica of the 7" EP ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh... EP. A double-LP version with the original mix and 2012 remix was released by The Crypt in August 2016. Re-released by Osmose Productions in a remixed format in 2017. (See Alternate Mix Information Below)

TRACK LIST:
LP 1 - Side One: Original Studio Album: 1995
Apzu
Feis Mor Tir Na N’og (Across The North Sea To Visnech)
Cyntefyn’s Fountain

Side Two:
A Quest Into The 77th Novel
Our Lust For Lunar Plains (Nox Luna Inlustris)
The Coming Of War
The Sun Of Tiphareth

LP 2 - Side Three: The Sun Of Tiphareth – Alternate Mix: 2012 (Original Sequence)
Cyntefyn’s Fountain
Apzu
Feis Mor Tir Na N’og (Across The North Sea To Visnech)

Side Four:
A Quest Into The 77th Novel
The Coming Of War
The Sun Of Tiphareth
Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

LP 3 - Side Five:  The Sun Of Tiphareth – Rehearsal Session: 1993
Book Of Splendour
Tasseomancy
A Quest Into The 77th Novel

Side Six:
The Coming Of War
The Sun Of Tiphareth
Akhera Goiti – Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)

7” EP - Side Sumeria
…And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh…including Prelusion To Cythrául

Side Allaxitonia/Thoth
Akhera Goiti – Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)
 

OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS 2017 RE-RELEASE CD TRACK LIST:

Tracks are from The Crypt 2012 LP Box Set Release - 2012 Alternate Mix

1. Cyntefyn’s Fountain
2. Apzu
3. Feis Mor Tir Na N’og (Across The North Sea To Visnech)
4. A Quest Into The 77th Novel
5. The Coming Of War
6. The Sun Of Tiphareth
7. Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

The Third Storm Of Cythrául

   
LABEL: Osmose Productions (1997/2003)/The Crypt (2013/2017)
RELEASE DATE: January 27th, 1997
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp

TRACK LIST:
1. Prelusion To Cythrául Including ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh...
2. Highland Tyrant Attack
3. A Magician's Lapis-Lazuli
4. Swords And Leather
5. The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms Of Mist)
6. Morbid Scream 
7. Customs Of Tasseomancy [Quoth the Sky, Nevermore (Act I)]
8. Intelligence Towards The Crown
9. ...Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born... Including Terminus (...In The Eyes Of Ioldánach)

 

BONUS TRACK ON DIGIPAK VERSION:
10. Akhera Goiti - Akhera Beiti (One Black Opalith For Tomorrow)

LINE-UP:
Shaftiel - Electric Lead Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar & Voice
Equitant Ifernain - Electric Lead Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar & Lyrical Obscurity
Sir Proscriptor McGovern - Trap Kit, Dumbeck, Gong, Ice Bells, Octotron, Voices & Lyrical Magic(k)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Recorded in July and August 1996 at Nomad Recording Studios - Carrollton, Texas, USA. All music produced, composed and arranged by ABSU Lyrics written by Equitant and Proscriptor. LP version limited to 1000 copies. Picture-LP version limited to 300 copies. Track 10 is a bonus on the limited edition Digipak version. (with different cover artwork) This track originally appears on the ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh... 7." Picture-LP version re-released in May 2006 by Agonia Records.

LP BOX SET DETAILS: The Third Storm Of Cythrául was re-released again as a 3-LP box set limited to 666 hand-numbered copies (222 black/222 silver/222 blue & white marble), three gatefold sleeves, original cover art, posters, booklet, 180-gram vinyl, (which includes the original plus a new mix of the album) the In The Eyes Of Ioldánach EP and other bonus tracks. All Tracks Mastered For Vinyl By Dan Lowndes/Resonance Sound.  Re-released by Osmose Productions in a remixed format in 2017. (See Information Below)

TRACK LIST:
LP 1 - Side One: Original Studio Album: 1997
Prelusion To Cythrául Including ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh...
Highland Tyrant Attack
A Magician's Lapis-Lazuli
Swords And Leather
The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms Of Mist)

Side Two:
Morbid Scream
Customs Of Tasseomancy [Quoth the Sky, Nevermore (Act I)]
Intelligence Towards The Crown
...Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born... Including Terminus (...In The Eyes Of Ioldánach)

LP 2 - Side Three: The Third Storm of Cythrául – Remix: 2013
...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh...
Highland Tyrant Attack
A Magician's Lapis-Lazuli
Swords And Leather

Side Four:
The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms Of Mist)
Morbid Scream  
Customs Of Tasseomancy [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act I)]
...Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born...

LP 3 - Side Five: In The Eyes Of Ioldánach – EP – 1998 
V.I.T.R.I.O.L
Hallstatt
Manannán
Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

Side Six: Rare & Live Tracks
The Gold Torques Of Uláid (Studio Version - From the Gummo Movie Soundtrack)
…And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh… (Live)*
Fantasizing To The Third Of The Pagan Vision/…Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born (Live)*
Drum Solo (Live)*
The Gold Torques Of Uláid (Live)*
* = Live In Toulouse, France – April 28, 1997

 

OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS 2017 RE-RELEASE CD TRACK LISTING:

Tracks are from The Crypt 2013 LP Box Set Release - 2013 Remix

1. ...And Shineth Unto The Cold Cometh...
2. Highland Tyrant Attack
3. A Magician's Lapis-Lazuli
4. Swords And Leather
5. The Winter Zephyr (...Within Kingdoms Of Mist)
6. Morbid Scream 
7. Customs Of Tasseomancy [Quoth The Sky, Nevermore (Act I)]
8. ...Of Celtic Fire, We Are Born...

Tara

 

 

LABEL: Osmose Productions (2001/2009/2017)/Olympic Recordings (2002)/The Crypt (2014/2017)
RELEASE DATE: May 24rd, 2001
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp

TRACK LIST:
Phase One: Ioldánach's Pedagogy
1. Tara
2. Pillars Of Mercy
3. A Shield With An Iron Face
4. Manannán
5. The Cognate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath
6. She Cries The Quiet Lake
7. Yrp Lluyddawc
Phase Two: The Cythrául Klan's Scrutiny
8. From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash)
9. Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
10. Vorago (Spell 182)
11. Bron (Of The Waves)
12. Stone Of Destiny (...For Magh Slécht And Ard Righ)
13. Tara (Recapitulation)

 

BONUS TRACKS ON DIGIPAK VERSION:
14. V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
15. Hallstatt
16. Manannán
17. Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle

LINE-UP:
Sir Proscriptor McGovern - All Voices, Drums/Percussives, Analog VC3, Mercury & Lyrical Magic(k)
Shaftiel - Electric Lead/Rythym Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitars & Voice
Equitant Ifernain - Electric Bass Guitar, Delineation, Thunder & Lyrical Obscurity

Additional Musicians:
David Harbour - Keyboards & Piano
Sir Vincent Rossi - Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin On Bron (Of The Waves)
King Diamond (Credited As Masthema Mazzaqim) - Additional Vocals On The Cognate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath & She Cries The Quiet Lake
Ashmedi - Additional Vocals On Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
Ronnie Trent - Additional Vocals On Stone Of Destiny (...For Magh Slécht And Ard Righ)"
Sir Don Shannon - Bagpipes On Tara and Tara (Recapitulation)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Produced by Kol Marshall and ABSU. Recorded by Kol Marshall between September-December 2000 at Nomad Recording Studios, Carrollton, Texas. All music composed and written by Shaftiel excluding Tara and Tara (Recapitulation) written and performed by Sir Don Shannon. All arrangements by Proscriptor.  All lyrics by Proscriptor and Equitant. King Diamond could not be credited properly on the album due to contractual restrictions with Metal Blade Records; therefore, the pseudonym of Masthema Mazzaqim was utilized, which had previously been used by the vocalist on Dolmen's release On The Eve Of War in 1989. Manannán is a re-recorded version of the song that appears on the In The Eyes Of Ioldánach EP. The vinyl version is limited to 1000 copies. May 2006 : Collector's Edition Picture-LP re-released on Agonia Records. September 2007: remastered Digipak reissue with In The Eyes Of Ioldánach EP as bonus tracks.

 

LP BOX SET DETAILS: Tara was re-released as a four-LP Box Set - this ultimate edition contains well over two hours of “mythological occult metal” on 4 x 180 gram heavy vinyl LPs, strictly limited to a one time only pressing of 666 hand-numbered copies (222 black,/222 bronze,/222 black/olive with green splatter). These killer slabs of wax come housed in 2 x 350 gram semi-gloss gatefold jackets featuring the original Osmose cover and layout, as well as the original unused Tara cover artwork, a photo montage of the step by step progression of all the artwork used for Tara, a double-sided insert and new, extensive liner notes by both Proscriptor and artist Kris Verwimp. Each gatefold will contain a huge poster of each respective original Kris Verwimp cover artwork. Mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound - 2013.

TRACK LIST:
LP 1 & 2 - Original Studio Album: 2001
Phase One: Ioldanach’s Pedagacy
Tara
Pillars of Mercy
A Shield With An Iron Face
Manannan
The Congate House of Courtly Witches Lies West of County Meath
She Cries The Quiet Lake
Yrp Lluyddawc
Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan’s Scrutiny
From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn to Ash)
Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
Vorago (Spell 182)
Bron (of the Waves)
Stone of Destiny (…for Magh Slecht and Ard Righ)
Tara (Recaitulation)

LP 3 – Alternate Mix (December 3, 2000)
Phase One: Ioldanach’s Pedagacy
Tara
Pillars of Mercy
A Shield With An Iron Face
Manannan
The Congate House of Courtly Witches Lies West of County Meath
She Cries The Quiet Lake
Phase Two: The Cythraul Klan’s Scrutiny
From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn to Ash)
Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
Vorago (Spell 182)
Stone of Destiny (…for Magh Slecht and Ard Righ)
Tara (Recapitulation)

LP 4 – Pre-Production (July 7, 2000) 
Phase One: Ioldanach’s Pedagacy
Pillars Of Mercy
A Shield With An Iron Face
Manannán
The Congate House Of Courtly Witches Lies West Of County Meath
She Cries The Quiet Lake
Phase Two: The Cythrául Klan’s Scrutiny
From Ancient Times (Starless Skies Burn To Ash)
Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)
Vorago (Spell 182)

Absu

LABEL: Candlelight Records (2009)
RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2009
ARTWORK: Kris Verwimp (CD) & Michael Riddick (LP & CD/DVD Limited Edition Set)

TRACK LIST:
1. Between The Absu Of Eridu & Erech
2. Night Fire Canonization
3. Amy
4. Nunbarshegunu
5. 13 Globes
6. ...Of The Dead Who Never Rest In Their Tombs Are The Attendance Of Familiar Spirits...Including:

  • Diversified Signs Inscribed 

  • Our Earth Of Black 

  • Voor 

7. Magic(k) Square Cipher
8. In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee
9. Girra's Temple
10. Those Of The Void Will Re-Enter
11. Sceptre Command
12. Ye Uttuku Spells
13. Twix Yesterday, The Day & The Morrow

LINE-UP:
Proscriptor - Voices, Drums/Percussion, Guitar Solo on "13 Globes", Mellotron & Lyrical Magick
Zawicizuz - Electric Lead/Rhythm/Bass Guitars & Sythesizers/Programming
Aethyris - Electric Lead/Rhythm/Acoustic/Bass Guitars & Mellotron

Additional Musicians:
Blasphemer - Guitar Solos On Night Fire Canonization & Girra's Temple
Michael Harris - Guitar Solos On In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee & Those Of The Void Will Re-Enter
David Harbour - Synthesizer Solo On Our Earth of Black
Mindwalker - Backing Vocals & Ceremonial Tibetan Horn On 13 Globes
Nornagest - Backing Vocals On Amy & Night Fire Canonization
Vorskaath - Backing Vocals, Brake Disc Gates, Greek Bell & Vibraslap on Amy & Diversified Signs Inscribed
Ashmedi - Lyrics For Nunbarshegunu, Those Of The Void Will Re-Enter & Ye Uttuku Spells
Equitant - Programming on Twix Yesterday, The Day & The Morrow
Vastator Terrarum - Musical Contributions On Nunbarshegunu, In The Name Of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee, Those of the Void Will Re-Enter & Ye Uttuku Spells
Shaftiel - Musical Contributions On Night Fire Canonization and Girra's Temple

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
European release on February 16, 2009, US release on February 24, 2009. Recorded and mixed April-July 2008 at Nomad Recording Studios, Carrollton, Texas. All lyrics by Proscriptor. All music composed by Aethyris, Shaftiel, Vastator, Zawicizuz and Proscriptor from 2002-2007. Produced by Absu. Executive Production: Candlelight Records. Pre-production by Zawicizuz. Engineered by Absu. Drum engineering by Gary Long and Sterling Winfield. Mixed by J.T. Longoria. Mastered and edited by Proscriptor. Limited edition 180-gram grey and more limited blue double vinyl releases with different artwork released by Back On Black. Limited slipcase CD edition (different artwork) with Live DVD: Montreal, Canada June 19, 2009, released in the US on 26 January 2010. Picture Disque released by Hammerheart Records on January 21, 2013.

LIVE DVD TRACK LIST:
1. An Involution Of Thorns (Intro)/Descent To Acheron (Evolving Into The Progression Of Woe)
2. Apzu
3. Night Fire Canonization
4. The Thrice Is Greatest To Ninnigal
5. 13 Globes
6. Amy
7. Nunbarshegunu
8. Voor [Instrumental]/Swords and Leather
9. Four Crossed Wands (Spell 181)/Vorago (Spell 182)
10. Manannán
11. Twix Yesderday, The Day & The Morrow [Instrumental]/Girra's Temple
12. Highland Tyrant Attack
13. Encore: The Coming Of War
14. Encore Deux: Magic(k) Square Cipher

LINE-UP ON LIVE DVD:
Aethyris - Electric Lead Guitar
Ezezu - Electric Bass Guitar & Voice
Proscriptor - Drums & Voice
Zawicizuz - Electric Lead Guitar & Backing Voice
 

Abzu

 


LABEL: Candlelight Records (2011)
RELEASE DATE: October 10th, 2011 (Europe)/October 11th, 2011 (North America)
ARTWORK: Zbigniew Bielak

TRACK LIST:
1. Earth Ripper
2. Circles Of The Oath
3. Abraxas Connexus
4. Skrying In The Spirit Vision
5. Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
6. A Song For EA Including:

  • E-A

  • A Myriad Of Portals

  • Third Tablet 

  • Warren Of Imhullu

  • The Waters – The Denizens

  • E-A (Reprise)


LINE-UP:
Proscriptor – Voice, Drums/Percussion, Mellotron & Implements
Ezezû – Voice, Bass Guitar & Mellotron


Additional Musicians:
Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen – All Guitar Solos

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
This record was chronicled and mixed under the 2011th enchantment of Abzu from March through May @ Nomad Recording Studios – Carrollton, Texas – USA. All music composed/written by Ezezû from April to December 2010. Picture Disque released by Hammerheart Records; February 18th, 2013.

Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû

 


LABEL: Agonia Records
RELEASE DATE: TBA
ARTWORK: Zbigniew Bielak

TRACK LIST:

1. Amenta: Accelerando: Azyn including Hierophantasmal Expounder
2. Esoterically Excoriating The Exoteric
3. Quasaric Pestilence
4. Mirroracles
5. In-Betweeness Gateway Commuters
6. Jupiter In Capricornus
7. Dedicated To Thoth, But Azathoth Wasn’t Listening (A Necroloquy)
8. Caliginous Whorl
9. The Coagulating Respite
10. Prana: Therion: Akasha
11. Tantrums Of Azag-Kkû
12. Every Watchtower Within Is The Axis Of A Watchtower Without including Totemic Thresholds
 


LINE UP:
Proscriptor McGovern – Drums/Percussion, Lyricism, Maestro Echoplex, Papago Flute, (Analogue & Digital) Synthesizers & Voices (1st Person Protagonist)

Vaggreaz – Electric Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitar (2nd Person Inquisitor)
Vorskaath – (Analogue & Digital) Synthesizers, Classical/Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron & Signal Generator  

Ezezû – Electric Bass Guitar, Implements & Voices (3rd Person Omniscient) 
 

Additional Musicians:

Ross Friedman - Soloist

Rune Eriksen - Soloist

Alex Colin-Tocquaine - Soloist

The Dark - Soloist


ADDITIONAL NOTES: TBA