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Review: Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

by Aleksandar Saradžić
Immortal
Immortal

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

1. Northern Chaos Gods
2. Into Battle Ride
3. Gates to Blashyrkh
4. Grim and Dark
5. Called to Ice
6. Where Mountains Rise
7. Blacker of Worlds
8. Mighty Ravendark

Label: Nuclear Blast
Date: July 6, 2018

New album of Norwegian black metal titans is upon us! Gates of Blashyrkh are opened again!

We waited for almost ten years (nine to be precise) for new albums of this originators of grim and cold as snow black metal. We all also know that Abbath has left the band and many of us (including me) thought that Immortal is finished. But we were wrong, deadly wrong and Demonaz Doom Occulta proved us that.

In front of us is the ninth full-length album of Immortal and I can tell you that is an ABSOLUTE KILLER of an album. Band is totally in “back to the roots” momentum with this material. It is like someone took “Battles in the North” and “Blizzard Beasts” and enriched them with great production, there is no sloppy seconds on this work of art. Demonaz brings back grimness and coldness into the kingdom of Blashyrkh.

I stopped listening to Immortal after their “Blizzard Beasts” album, after that all were weak and shallow for me, from this band; especially “All Shall Fall” full-length. But with this album I am again hooked up on their sound. They really worked their asses off to make “nineties feeling” black metal album again. If you are into that nostalgia sound nowadays, this is album for you definitely.

From production side on this album, you can’t find a spot on work of now already legendary Peter Tägtgren and his The Abyss studio. Guitars and drums are sharp as a sword and you can hear the smallest details in their sound. Also Peter played session bass guitar for this album.

Horgh and Demonaz worked all arrangements on the album. And boy, they made a great job with this one. In guitar sound structure there is a lot of “Battles…” moments memorabilia which is great and fitted perfectly into this new one material. It is really appreciably that they took time with this one to made it perfect and announce new era of Immortal.

In the end we must come to a moment where we need to speak about vocals on this album. Abbath was and still is one of the most iconic voices in black metal genre. His almost raven-like voice is recognized instantly, and when he left the band there was no black metal fan that thought that new Immortal will be this much good album.

Now when I listened “Northern Chaos Gods” ten times, I can safely say that Demonaz made brilliant work with vocal duties and really push sound and concept of Immortal into new dimensions of grimness, coldness… Into kingdom of Blashyrkh.

If you are into black metal with feeling of glorious nineties and lyrics that praising the power of winter and North winds, this album must be on your list.

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