The Cainian Chronicle

The Cainian Chronicle

The Cainian Chronicle
Released 1996
Genre Black metal
Length 66:06
Label Metal Blade Records
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The Cainian Chronicle is Ancient’s second full length release. The album has some sort of a twisted legacy attached to it with the case of Jarno Elg, a Finnish Satanist who allegedly listened to the album[1] while instigating others to torture a victim and having them eat body parts of the 23-year old man. On another note, the album’s length is 66 minutes and six seconds long, which brings on the number of the Beast, 666, from numerology.

The concept of the first part of the record (tracks 1-4) is a retelling of the fall of Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve and first murderer. It chronicles his casting out, his relations with the demon angel Lilith and the leading to the procreation of their children, the Disciplines of Cain. "At the Infernal Portal" contains lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy, and the rest of the album is based on traditional Paganism.

Track listing

All music by Aphazel except for 5 by Aphazel and Alex Kurtagić and 9 by Kaiaphas.
All lyrics by Kaiaphas except 5 taken from Dante’s Divine Comedy.

No. Title Length
1. "Ponderous Moonlighting"   2:23
2. "The Cainian Chronicle Part I: The Curse"   4:48
3. "The Cainian Chronicle Part II: Lilith’s Embrace"   6:15
4. "The Cainian Chronicle Part III & IV: Disciplines of Caine / Zillah and the Crone"   5:53
5. "At the Infernal Portal (Canto III)"   7:06
6. "Cry of Mariamne"   3:03
7. "Prophecy of Gehenna"   4:04
8. "Song of Kaiaphas"   8:47
9. "Exu"   2:52
10. "The Pagan Cycle"   7:30
11. "Homage to Pan"   13:25


  • Aphazel - All guitars, bass and synth
  • Kimberly Goss - Vocals and synth
  • Kjetil - Drums
  • Lord Kaiaphas - Vocals, drums on tracks 5, 8, 9 and 11
  • Produced by Dan Swanö and Ancient
  • Engineered / Mixed by Dan Swanö