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Strong debut but not great
on August 26, 2002
The 1992 debut album from Immortal, purveyors of their unique blend of Norwegian black/death metal for the past 10 years and seven albums.
DFM is an ambitious debut, with longer, more complicated songs than the short, furious blasts that their subsequent albums consisted of. The finale here, "A perfect vision of the rising northland," even stretches to near 10 minutes. There are also several acoustic and keyboard passages dispersed throughout the album.
Overall though, this is your basic hard and angry metal, with little melody or flash. It's a consistently interesting listen, and those into heavy guitar will enjoy it. This was a important early album in the development of the Norwegian scene and should be a must for Immortal fans as it does contain several classics, including "Call of the Wintermoon" and "Blacker than Darkness". However, this album is not the place for those wanting to see what this band is all about, better to check out the latest "Sons of Northern Darkness". If you're building an Immortal collection, wait to get this one and Battles in the North until last as I think all of the other albums are stronger than these two.