May 4, 2009

Immortal - Battles in the North

Genre(s) - Black metal
Origin - Norway
Year of release - 1995
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 31.74 MB

Though I quickly grew tired of the old Norwegian sound and scene, it produced a few albums that still deserve our undivided attention and Immortal has been responsible for a couple of those. I am not even going to discuss the comedic aspect of this band, you've seen the artwork and can draw your own conclusions. I bought Battles in the North as a 14 or 15 year old and didn't know what hit me. Totally chaotic hyperspeed blasts courtesy of Abbath, unretracable screechy guitar lines treated with a production cold, sharp and thin like shards of ice, and vocals - wait, I wasn't going to deal with the funny parts. Anyway, it works! Not in the same way as a Lunar Aurora does, for instance, but it's just as grim and almost as hypnotic. Let the artwork and track titles be a warning - put on your gloves and a woollen hat before listening!
  1. Battles in the north
  2. At the stormy gates of mist
  3. Through the halls of eternity
  4. Moonrise fields of sorrow
  5. Cursed realms of the winterdemons
  6. Throned by blackstorms
  7. Grim and frostbitten kingdoms
  8. Descent into eminent silence
  9. Circle above in time before time
  10. Blashyrkh (mighty ravendark)
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