It's only for this album (the lyrical change from vampyrism and darkness to ancient times -ed), "Ancient Pride". It was something we wanted to do like a tribute, let's say, to the lost ancient moral values of the past which do not exist anymore. It was only for this album and, in "Ancient Pride", let's say, "Shaman" and "For The Light Of My Darkness", even though it is an erotic song I would say, there are many dark elements. But the whole concept was only for that album as a tribute.
Magus Wampyr Daoloth / Varathron interview, Altars of Metal, 1997
The cover photo is Der Wächter (The Guardsman / Guardian), a 40-ton relief created by Arno Breker in 1941. The original was tracked down in 2015, you can read an article on Der Spiegel.