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The second studio opus of meticulously crafted epic Black Metal from Katatonia's Anders ‘Blackheim’ Nyström.
Released in 1997, The Phantom Lodge was the second of four albums from this symphonic extreme Metal solo-project (before the band was ended in September 2004).
Diabolical Masquerade was based primarily around symphonic/melodic Black Metal. Strong atmospheres were created through layered guitar and keyboards (and notably, flute, on this album), and Blackheim’s compositions contained more up tempo and extreme elements than those of Katatonia, with cold, dark riffs with a firm emphasis on mood, given life with strong fantasy-based lyrics.
The Phantom Lodge was a natural progression from debut album Ravendusk In My Heart; delving further into the realm of experimentation and atmospherics.
The album was recorded at Unisound, September 1996 and was produced and mixed by Dan Swano (Opeth, Marduk, Dissection) and Blackheim.
1 Astray Within The Coffinwood Mill
2 The Puzzling Constellation Of A Deathrune
4 The Walk Of The Hunchbacked
5 Cloaked By The Moonshine Mist
6 Across The Open Vault And Away...
8 The Blazing Demondome Of Murmurs And Secrecy
9 Upon The Salty Wall Of The Broody Gargoyle