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 the 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.
“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.
By The Magus words:
“This is definitely the most organic and complex album I have ever done. After a few listens the darkness which includes crawls into your skin and then into your soul. From the straight black metal blasts to the ritual parts and from nightmarish harmonies to grandiose theatrics and Luciferian glorification. It will mark you, it will haunt you.
You have been warned.”
The Magus – June 2023
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