Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Full Length Review: Immortal "Sons of Northern Darkness" (Nuclear Blast) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Immortal
Country: Norway
Genre: Black metal
Full length: Sons of Northern Darkness
Format: CD
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: February 4, 2002
Wanting to listen to some black metal, I made my way to YouTube to see what the underbelly of the interwebs had to offer. I scrolled through a handful of bands, and most of them I figured seemed “too dark” for my current mood and mindset. Eventually, I came to Immortal’s “Sons of Northern Darkness”! Even though I have been listening to black metal for years, I never did get into Immortal. I mean, I have listened to them a handful of times in the past, but I never “fan girled” for them, if you know what I mean. With that said, the cover art was appealing, and after listening I can state that the vibes were perfect, and overall this album was just what the doctor ordered!
The guitar work is cold and atmospheric, the percussion is stead-fast and pummeling, and the vocals have the perfect rasp. My only “regret” is that I didn’t pray for snow, as listening during a blizzard would have been perfect!
Again, I don’t know as much about Immortal as I probably should as a black metal fan, but this is their 2002 offering. I know they have loads more material, so after I listen to this album a few times I will for sure be looking into more from the band. If you haven’t listened to Immortal, if you are a fan of BM I think that you should. I have no reason/excuse for not getting into them sooner, and if I could go back in time—I wouldn’t change a thing, because if I did, this first “full” listen probably wouldn’t feel as damn epic! -Devin J. Meaney

Abbath: Vocals, guitars, bass
Iscariah: Bass (track 1)
Horgh: Drums
Demonaz: Lyrics

Track list:
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

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