Britain's BAL-SAGOTH have commenced work on the group's sixth full-length album, which is tentatively due to be recorded in late summer/early fall for an early 2003 release. The follow-up to 2001's Atlantis Ascendant will reportedly be far darker and more intense than anything that has come before, harkening back in many ways to the barbaric early days of the band's work, according to an official press release. The cover art will once again be painted by the renowned Games Workshop fantasy artist Martin Hanford.In other news, BAL-SAGOTH have been confirmed for the Metal Therapy Festival in Amneville, France on June 22nd. Also appearing on the bill are DEICIDE, BLIND GUARDIAN, ANCIENT RITES, ANCIENT CEREMONY, and PRIMORDIAL, among others. The group will also perform at the Bloodstock 02 Festival in Derby, England on August 31st alongside BLIND GUARDIAN (in their first-ever UK show) and Martin Walkyier's RETURN TO THE SABBAT, with more acts to be confirmed soon.
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