THE MAGUS – ΒΥΣΣΟΔΟΜΩΝΤΑΣ (Vissodomontas) – Limited Luxurious Box (100 copies)
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Release date: 07.11.2023
Cat. No: TCM025BOX
Style: Black Metal
ΒΥΣΣΟΔΟΜΩΝΤΑΣ Boxset consists of:
– Exclusive box cover depicting the Septagram as re-imagined by the well known artist, Zbigniew M. Bielak (Carcass, Mayhem, Watain, Ghost, etc)
– Certificate of numbering & authenticity signed by The Magus
– Double Gatefold LP in Smokey color with 8 pages booklet
– Jewel Case CD
– T-shirt with an EXCLUSIVE design ONLY for the box!
– THE MAGUS patch
– Bronze Key Ring with THE MAGUS plain logo on one side and the symbol of Serptagram on the other
– Deluxe Slipmat made of cork with THE MAGUS full logo
-An A4 sized printed CANVAS pinned on a wooden frame portraying the Arch Angel Lucifer (ΑΡΧΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ ΕΩΣΦΟΡΟΣ) drawn exclusively for the box in Byzantine hagiography style by the graphic artist Nikos “Malk” Giamalakis
(Attention: Notice your T-shirt size to the “Customer provided note” section)
The Magus concluding Necromantia‘s chapter with the album “To The Depths We Descend…” -with which he honored his longtime collaborator Baron Blood who passed away so suddenly in 2019- found himself at a crossroads.
He had to choose between retiring after a long and successful musical career and charting a new path. He didn’t hesitate at all. He chose the hard way. Necromantia no longer exists, but the protagonist is here, on the ramparts, ready for new journeys in abyss. For a whole year he secluded himself from worldly affairs and devoted exclusively to the composition of “Vissodomontas“, which is the title that seals the debut album of his new project THE MAGUS.
When we announced the signing with The Magus a few months ago, having only heard a part of the pre-production album, we had written verbatim: “We can assure that The Magus is at his most creative stage. To the question of whether the new material moves in Black Metal era, our answer is yes, but not only. He managed to create an album full of diverse melodies that transcended the rigid clichés of the idiom. Once again The Magus did not follow the easy path and prepared something really enormous from every point of view that will remain underserved in time.”
Well, listening today to the final result, we could add a lot more. Or rather we should ask: Is there room in raging black metal for choirs? For operatic parts? Would Blues fit into Black Metal? Can the legacy of Dead Can Dance be combined with traditional heavy metal riffing when at the same time the abyss trumpets eerie sounds?
All these questions are solved at once when the baguette is in the hands of an experienced composer like The Magus.
Yes, “Vissodomontas” can well be characterized as extreme, raw & aristocratic black metal, but at the same time there is much more that is slowly revealed to the listener.
“Vissodomontas” is an album that is meticulous down to its last detail. Every note, every riff & chorus, is not by chance where it was placed. Except El (Guitars) & Maelstorm (Drums) who make up THE MAGUS, a host of well-known musicians participated adding their personal touch (King Dude, IDVex (1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH), Hel Pyre (W.E.B.), Iraklis Gialatzides (SWAN CHRISTY) & Christos Antoniou (SEPTICFLESH) who did the arrangements for the live choir. At the same time, five graphic designers tackled the artwork of all formats and captured in an exemplary way on paper the nightmarish thoughts of The Magus. Finally, a special mention is needed for the amazing production, mixing & mastering, done at Pentagram Studio by George Emmanuel.
We look forward to reading your opinion when you listen to this masterpiece!
(The Circle Music)
By The Magus words:
as you can see we have decided to open the preorder for the Limited Box FIRST before any other format. This was my personal decision because the release is special to me for the three following reasons:
1 – It is limited in 100 copies ONLY so I want to give the option to our true disciples to be able to get this first before anything else.
2 – The exclusive artwork of the box cover-an esoteric reinterpretation of the Serptagram-is done by none other than the great artist Zbigniew M. Bielak known for his work with other grand bands.
3 – The painting on canvas depicting the Arch Angel Lucifer in Byzantine hagiography style which is included in the box, is done by the renowned comic artist Malk Giamalakis Nikos.
Both of these great artists are fans of NECROMANTIA ‘s music and it was a huge honor for me to work with both of them.
I can only say that is the most organic album I ever made guiding all my black metal influences to a truly horrific, nightmarish path.
Dark melodies unite with feverish worlds to give birth to majestic, aristocratic horrors.
We had the pleasure to work with artists like KING DUDE, IDVex (1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH) and Hel Pyre (W.E.B.) as guest vocalists in order to enhance the atmosphere and the ritualistic parts of the music.
It is also the first time in my musical journey where I used live choir arranged by Christos Antoniou (SEPTIC FLESH).
And to finalize, recordings take place at PENTAGRAM studio with the infamous George Emmanuel (LUCIFER’S CHILD) behind the mixing table and the production.
Like Serpents from the Depths we rise!”
The Magus – May 2023
The Magus – Bass/Voices
El – Guitars
Maelstrom – Drums
1 – This is My Church
2 – The Fall of Man
3 – Lux Tenebrarum: The Illuminating darkness
4- ΒΥΣΣΟΔΟΜΩΝΤΑΣ (Vissodomontas)
5 – Idolatrous Discord
6 – Ama Lilith
7 – Negative Renaissance
8 – The Peacock King
9 – Give the Devil his due: The story