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Album Review

Immortal's Nuclear Blast debut, and this Norwegian trio's seventh album to date, Sons of Northern Darkness, marks a monumental statement that reverberates throughout the black metal community. Sons of Northern Darkness is arguably one of the best black metal releases ever put forth, as it fully articulates what many other bands of this nature fail to embrace. Thick, meaty riffs dominate the album, as guitarist Abbath shreds the competition with mind-blowing melody and relentlessly brutal power. Abbath also controls vocal duty, and though his voice is darkly sinister, it holds a slight fringe of harmony that fleshes out each song. Add to that Iscariah's fiendish bass playing underlying Sons of Northern Darkness with an evil authority, while Horge's drumming decimates the competition with jackhammer beats. The fantastical lyrics allow the band to venture into fictitious territory, and each song carries the feeling that you are witnessing a marvelous novel unfold in front of your eyes. Songs like the epic "Tyrants" build to an earth-shattering crescendo of outlandish noise, yet one is never left disappointed. Sons of Northern Darkness is a masterpiece that any fan of black metal should own, yet also has an undeniable flair that even new listeners can find appealing. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi

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within MY dark mind

absolutley brilliant and powerful! SOND is a kick in the nuts and is a MUST-HAVE for black metal afficianodos everywhere. yoy may have mayhem, you may have darkthrone, but if you dont have immortal you just dont have the UMPH your black metal collection needs. if you cant buy the whole ablum buy - tyrants, one by one, demonium, antartica

Electrifying Atmospheric Black Metal

As a result of intricate effects and editing, this album balances a sense of black metal fury hearkening back to greats like Darkthrone and Mayhem with a brilliant atmosphere of melody and outlandish sound effects. This is best demonstrated on tracks such as Antarctica and Beyond the North Waves, whereas the aforementioned fury is relentlessly interwoven into the first three tracks. This calibre of work is what cemented Immortal as a favorite black metal band of mine, along with such greats as Emperor and the previously mentioned Darkthrone and Mayhem. Although not quite as pioneering as Euronymous or Quorthon, Abbath and company's work here is phenomenal and inspiring in a genre overrun by stereotypical satanic imagery. As always, I must conclude by observing the incredible talent of extreme metal bands as compared to mainstream musicians. Despite a recurring excess of violent themes in the extreme metal field, all these styles of music prevail as testaments to real talent in a world overrun with emo trash.

Winter Metal

If you like winter, black metal, weapons, and unforgiving brutal musicianship that will represent the preceding three with an assassin's precision, this is your album. One by One, Tyrants, and Antarctica are reasons enough to by the album. The kicker is that every other track is still as amazing as the stand-out tracks. You'll find new favorites everytime you listen. No frills black metal with production that still allows you to distinguish how much talent made it onto wax. Enjoy. Your black metal collection cannot be complete without it.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Death Metal/Black Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Of all the Norwegian black metal bands, Immortal has, arguably, stuck the closest to the mystical, occult-inspired vision of the scene: the bandmembers kept the evil-Kiss makeup throughout the band's existence, rarely experimented outside of the traditional guitars-drums-bass instrumental configuration, and never revealed their real names. Brothers in pseudonyms only, vocalist/bassist Abbath Doom Occulta and guitarist Demonaz Doom Occulta formed Immortal in Bergen, Norway, in 1990. Abbath was originally...
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