Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale


8.6 | 234 votes |
Release date: 16 June 2008
Style: Psychedelic doom metal, Funeral doom metal

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Disc I
01. Circle
02. Beneath This Face
03. Quickening
04. Caucus Of Mind

Disc II
01. Silence
02. The Order Of Destiny
03. Ignotum Per Ignotius

Top 20 albums of 2008: 15

Line-up
Gordon Bicknell - guitar
Mark Bodossian - bass
Greg Chandler - vocals, guitar
Joe Fletcher - drums
Olivier Goyet - keyboards

Additional info
Written and produced by Esoteric.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler/Esoteric at Priority Recording Studios.
Vinyl master cut by Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters.
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
Layout by Mauro Berchi.

Staff review by
jupitreas
Rating:
N/A
Who needs a soul anyway?

For the last 16 years or so and with every consecutive release, Esoteric get just a little bit closer to finally condemning us all to hell, and I personally respect any band with a disposition this sunny. The Maniacal Vale is not only another step in this tortured evolution - it is the band's ultimate masterpiece and an experience so overwhelming that it will completely blow the mind and shatter the senses. Yes, for all intents and purposes, this is a perfect album and one that will be remembered for a long time as a phenomenal achievement in every way.

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published 11.07.2008 | Comments (40)

01.05.2010
The Maniacal Vale is, in my humble opinion, the single most devastating release ever.

It lures the listener in with "Circle", which has possibly the most emotive opening ever written. Within moments, the mood has shifted completely and you find yourself spiraling downwards a column of fire. There is no escape, there is no return. A hundred minutes later your soul has completely perished and your now lifeless body will crave salvation. Alas, those that have visited the abyss are condemned to dwell in hellfire forever.

It is hellfire.

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24.03.2014 - 07:16
Rating: 10
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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24.03.2014 - 21:26
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by ZafÞ on 24.03.2014 at 07:16

I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.

Midway through Circle, Caucus of Mind's build up, Beneath This Face's climax outro and Ignotum Per Ignotius's solo. I can feel you bro
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 21:30
Rating: 10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.03.2014 - 21:51
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:30

I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.

I get a circus-like feeling from that part!
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 21:57
Rating: 10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 21:51

Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:30

I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.

I get a circus-like feeling from that part!


Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.03.2014 - 21:59
Rating: 10
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 21:26

Written by ZafÞ on 24.03.2014 at 07:16

I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.

Midway through Circle, Caucus of Mind's build up, Beneath This Face's climax outro and Ignotum Per Ignotius's solo. I can feel you bro

Those are definitely some of the points where it happens.
Also, the intro to Circle is so beautiful it makes me sad. Few bands can pull that off.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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24.03.2014 - 22:04
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:57

Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:


When this sort of thing happens it means that it's been too long since I last listened to the album

Written by ZafÞ on 24.03.2014 at 21:59

Those are definitely some of the points where it happens.
Also, the intro to Circle is so beautiful it makes me sad. Few bands can pull that off.

One if the greatest intros ever!
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 22:05
Rating: 10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 22:04

Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:57

Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:


When this sort of thing happens it means that it's been too long since I last listened to the album


Yeah, I'm pretty sure you got the parts switched. But yeah, this album is ok!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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06.06.2014 - 10:26
Maco
Carnivore
Fucking wow! This is HUGE.
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By blood... Resurrection?
By body... Redemption?
By God... Domination?
By Pilate... Crucifixion!
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19.06.2014 - 06:36
Rating: 10
Death_95
Without a doubt the best album ever made, I don't have a fucking doubt in my mind about this.
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01.09.2014 - 02:47
Rating: 10
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
Music should not be able to make me feel so shit.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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01.09.2014 - 03:01
Rating: 10
ZafÞ
Phlegmish
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 22:04

One if the greatest intros ever!

And so simple too...
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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15.02.2015 - 03:02
Rating: 8
God Alone
So freaking huge and absorbing. I love it.
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18.03.2015 - 13:57
Timmeh
Dudeman
Finally cracked Funeral Doom, so much feel.
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06.09.2017 - 00:14
VIG
Viggg
I think this could slowly be becoming my favorite album... of all time.
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06.09.2017 - 00:58
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by VIG on 06.09.2017 at 00:14

I think this could slowly be becoming my favorite album... of all time.

The club welcomes you
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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10.01.2018 - 06:27
Maco
Carnivore
Written by VIG on 06.09.2017 at 00:14

I think this could slowly be becoming my favorite album... of all time.

Your 8 is an #insult.
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By blood... Resurrection?
By body... Redemption?
By God... Domination?
By Pilate... Crucifixion!
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10.01.2018 - 14:29
VIG
Viggg
Written by Maco on 10.01.2018 at 06:27

Written by VIG on 06.09.2017 at 00:14

I think this could slowly be becoming my favorite album... of all time.

Your 8 is an #insult.

I #changedmymind bitch
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22.02.2018 - 19:31
Metren
Donkey Hotte
Well, this was an experience of pure awesomeness. Never thought I'd say this about any album other than Lurker Of Chalice, but I feel like complementing this album in-depth is a bit pointless, like complementing the universe. Yes, the universe is "amazing", but it is also amazingly indifferent to how amazing you think it is. So I'll just say this album defeated me. I didn't even feel its length tbh, at some point I was just thinking: if this goes on forever, let it, I'm fine with that.

I do think one thing should be mentioned that I didn't notice mentioned in this thread, which is that the production is just perfect. This album couldn't sound any better if it tried.

Thanks VIG for the recommendation, I owe you one.
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I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".
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23.03.2018 - 11:50
DeliciousDishes
Ok yeah I'll give in. This is fucking mindblowingly good.
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03.07.2018 - 19:40
Maco
Carnivore
This album was released 10 years ago.
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By blood... Resurrection?
By body... Redemption?
By God... Domination?
By Pilate... Crucifixion!
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03.07.2018 - 21:07
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Maco on 03.07.2018 at 19:40

This album was released 10 years ago.

and it hasn't aged a bit
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I am awake"
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04.07.2018 - 02:04
Rating: 10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
How the fuck did I miss the date.
One of my favorite albums EVER.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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04.07.2018 - 02:07
Rating: 9
BitterCOld
waltrsobchakheit
Still a monstrous entity only consumed occasionally.
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get the fuck off my lawn.

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05.07.2018 - 22:06
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
And they don't do any 10th-anniversary show, nothing.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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05.11.2019 - 14:25
Rating: 9
Paulh
A twisted, dark journey through the realms of insanity.

Worth putting the 1hr 41min aside to consume in 1 sitting!
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