|Genre (s)||Extreme metal|
|Lord of Aeveron|
|Steve the Mechanix (1994-1996)|
|Nigel Chad (1996-1997)|
Bass , guitar
The band was founded in 1994 by Gorgoroth, an Australian-born son of Macedonian immigrants, who is also active with Buio Omega along with some members of the Italian band Mortifier. He leads the band as a solo project and repeatedly gets session musicians for recordings and performances. In 1995 the debut album Macedonian Darkness and Evil was released on the Battlegod Productions label founded by the band leader.
The second album Zaginatiot Grad ( Eng . 'The Lost City') was released in 1997 and is a concept album about Pella , the capital of Macedonia. In 2000 the album Kral Na Dva Svetoj ( Eng . 'King of Two Worlds') and Makedonski Boj ('Macedonian War') were released. The EP Macedonians Liegions Rise was released in 2004 on From Beyond Productions, Baltak's last release to date.
Music and lyrics
Musically, Baltak is based on Black Metal . Because of the Macedonian lyrics, Gorgoroth himself occasionally calls the style "Ancient Macedonian Cultural War Metal". The music is played very quickly. The guttural singing of Gorgoroth, which is a very high-pitched screeching, is characteristic. The high-pitched vocals and the monotony of the publications in particular put off many reviewers.
Gorgoroth claims to have dealt with satanism and magic , the topics Black Metal deals with in the past, but is more interested in his Macedonian heritage and the history that goes with it. According to his own statements, he follows the pre-Christian Macedonian gods.
The texts are in Macedonian language and script and deal with ancient Macedonia , especially at the time of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great . Only two texts were written and sung in English, these are from Darko from Vampir Magazine in Skopje. Gorgoroth states that he wants to inform everyone about the customs of Macedonia and that the Macedonians were the first on the Balkan Peninsula ; Macedonia had never been, wasn't and never will be Greece. Gorgoroth says he hates politics, but it is always part of Macedonia and is also treated by Baltak. He also claims to keep his name a secret because he “has many opponents because of [his] political mission”. His nationalism and historical revisionism have an irritating and fanatical effect on many interviewees, such as Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann from Rock Hard . He gave the motivation for his concept album Zaginatiot Grad to have the hope "that the Macedonians will at some point rise against those who have destroyed their country".
- 1995: Macedonian Darkness and Evil (Battlegod Production)
- 1997: Zaginatiot Grad (The Lost City) (Battlegod Production)
- 2000: Kral Na Dva Svetoj (King of Two Worlds) (Battlegod Productions)
- 2003: Makedonski Boj (Macedonian War) (Battlegod Productions)
- 2004: Macedonian Legions Rise! (EP, From beyond Productions)
- Armando Mutilator: BALTAK ( Memento of the original from December 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. .
- Philip Schnitker: Battlegod Productions (GORGOROTH) Interview. (No longer available online.) September 4, 2005, formerly in the original ; Retrieved March 6, 2012 . ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann: 2,500 years later. (No longer available online.) Rock Hard , archived from the original on March 7, 2012 ; Retrieved March 6, 2012 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Andi Bauer: Review of Macedonian War. Voices from the Darkside, accessed March 6, 2012 .
- Baltak - Macedonian War. Schwermetall.ch, accessed on March 6, 2012 .
- Baltak - Macedonian War. Metalspheres.de, accessed on March 6, 2012 .
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