Nordic Metal: A Tribute To Euronymous InternationalCountry Of Origin: International
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De Profundis Mors Vas Cousumet - Abruptum
The Freezing Moon - Mayhem
Where Dead Angels Lie - Dissection
Moon Over Kara-Shehr - Emperor
Kingdom Comes - Mysticum
Untrodden Paths (Wolves Pt. II) - Marduk
AErie Descends - Thorns
Pagan Fears - Mayhem
Elizabeth Bathori - Dissection
Deathcrush - Ophthalamia
Loke - Enslaved
Rodt Of Svart - Arcturus
In Your Grave - Mysticum
The Ancient Queen - Emperor
Unreleased Outro - Mortiis

Type: Various Artists
Release Date: 1995
Label: Necropolis Records

MetalBite Review by Luka on 8/27/2001
The complexity and mystery regarding the early roots of the Norwegian black metal scene is somewhat clarified by this significant album. Oystein Aarseth (Euronymous) and Paul Thind (Typhon) were planning to introduce these black metal bands to the world with "Nordic Metal" long before the former was killed by Varg, and not only is this a testament to the early seeds of black metal, it is a true tribute to Euronymous, featuring the early work of giants-to-be like Emperor, Dissection, Marduk, Arcturus, and Enslaved. I would have liked to see some Satyricon and Ulver here as well, where were they at this time?

Even this early in the scene, it was obvious who the real talents were in black metal. The two songs from Dissection and Emperor blow the rest of the album away. Dissectionís 'Where Dead Angels Lie' is still my favorite black metal song ever. Honorable mentions definitely go for Arcturus and Marduk. The former for itís innovative, atmospheric creation, and the Marduk for creating the true black metal sound of speed, chaos, and destruction that has yet to be matched. The rest range from horrible and talentless (Ophthalamia) to adequate (Euronymousí own-Mayhem). Itís all in the same genre, but definitely not in the same range of quality.

This compilation doesnít seem nearly as concerned with music as with promoting Euronymousí ideals. The Anti-Christian philosophy is pushed to extremes here, not Norse Paganism which Varg represented. Anti-Varg slogans and over-biased ideas in the booklet are just insane, on the actual CD is a crossed picture of Varg, and any artist who wrote in the booklet made sure to say "Fuck Cunt Khrisna!". Iíll admit I donít like Burzum but a good deal of bands here are just as bad.

Bottom Line: It may not be the best stuff but you need to have this if you call yourself any kind of black metal fan.

Rating: 6 out of 10