MetalBite Review by Jack on 2/15/2003
The somber prelude greets us as the beginnings of 'Shores of Flames'
did in "Hammerheart"
. Epic, majestic and hundreds of other grand adjectives. Ok, so before all we get too excited "Nordland I"
isnít as good as "Hammerheart"
or "Twilight of the Gods"
. Itís an exciting album that blows away "Destroyer of Worlds"
and contains all the great ingredients that made the two aforementioned albums so great. Rat-shit production, Quorthon's feeble attempts at clean vocals (which everyone knows is really bad, but enjoy nonetheless), hammerhead drumming, and epic soaring passages in combination with somber melodic doodling.
The major problems with "Nordland I"
are the monotony factors. Everything is either 100% supercharged drum blasting (allowing little room for music to breathe) or more melancholic passages that tend to get a little dry or dull. With "Nordland I"
Quorthon seems to pick a formula and stick almost religiously by it, through thick and thin. I mean, the formula works to an extent... but things can get tired eventually.
That all being said, "Nordland I"
is a worthy album to add to your Bathory
collection. Not super stuff, but not too shabby either.
Well here you have it folks, Bathory
returns to us in fine, fine form. Shit awful production, horrible clarity, but an aura and atmosphere that returns us to the days or lore... of Vikings and ice. This is Bathory
, what more can you expect? But more to the point, what more do you want?
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10