Ancient - _The Cainian Chronicle_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Started in 1992 in Norway as a solo project by Aphazel, Ancient have since evolved into a formidable beast. _The Cainian Chronicle_ is Ancient's second full length record, and the first to appear on Metal Blade. This record features a new line up that has increased the strength of the band twenty-fold. Taking on the vocal duties (and the occasional drumming stint) is Lord Kaiaphas hailing from Virginia (of all places). Nevertheless, the Lord is no poseur. All lyrical work on this album is his, and they are, without a shadow of a doubt, the best part of this album. The main part of this record is a four-part story (told over the course of four songs) called "The Cainian Chronicle". It details the events after the banishment of Cain for the murder of his brother. The rest of the songs deal with other parts of mythology and are excellently written since the Lord is a native English speaker. The music on this disc is pretty much standard black metal fare, but talent is definitely present. Another plus for the Lord is his supreme vocal abilities. Definitely an album you all should check out, and make sure your read the lyrics!
(article published 7/17/1996)
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