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Sons Of Northern Darkness

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Sons Of Northern Darkness

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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Black
1. One By One
2. Sons Of Northern Darkness
3. Tyrants
4. Demonium
5. Within The Dark Mind
6. In My Kingdom Cold
7. Antarctica
8. Beyond The North Waves

Review by Krys on January 31, 2002.

“The icy dawn lifts with a horizon like nordens on fire...
This ride will be the one...”

This is the one, indeed. Immortal on “Sons of Northern Darkness” takes you on a ride through 8 amazing tracks that can only be described as breathtaking glorious hymns that will make your fists pump in the air and you heart jump out of your chest in the most celebrated victory dance you’ve ever experienced.

I truly don’t know if I can describe this album and give you at least a glimpse of how powerful and astounding this masterpiece is. If I could use only one word and move on to the next release I would use “perfect,” but I can’t. “Sons of Northern Darkness” took over my heart and soul and I’m having hell of a hard time taking it from my player and replacing it with something else.

Compared to what our Bergen-based outfit did on their previous releases, “Sons of Northern Darkness” takes every single department to another level and shows that the full month spent in Peter’s Abyss studio was not wasted ‘cause everything, and I mean everything, is perfect here. From song structures, arrangements, atmosphere to production I can’t find even the smallest imperfection, but this album is not about finding mistakes or any faults of any kind it’s about taking heavy metal to another level of immortality and glory.

That’s not just black metal, but heavy metal as a whole genre. This opus has more pure traditional metal influences than any Immortal album had ever before, and while black metal is the main core, 80’s thrash or even pure rock riffs are incorporated into every track with such precision and tact that anyone who doubted this band of having excellent composing ability will change his mind and join the forces of the army of northern sons.

From the ripping guitar lines of Abbath on ‘One by One’ or the majestic ‘Beyond the North Waves’ to the thunderous drumming on title track or ‘Demonium’, Immortal’s trio sets the bar so high that even though 2002 has just begun, I find it hard to imagine someone surpassing “Sons of Northern Darkness” as the album of the year. Brutal but with irresistible melodies mixed with acoustic, atmospheric parts, I pronounce “Sons of Northern Darkness” as the epic of the new millennium.

Bottom Line: I don’t know if you ever had this feeling of being proud, victorious and on top of the world after listening to an album, but I had and it was after “Sons of Northern Darkness”. If this CD doesn’t make its way into your collection, you’ll be making enemies.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 10
Originality: 10
Overall: 10

Rating: 10 out of 10