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Sons of Northern Darkness Original recording reissued, CD+DVD

4.7 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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This album was the band's 7th an final full-length release. Included are 8 audio tracks on CD and a DVD live at B.B. King's club, New York, 2003, and exclusive photo gallery.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, CD+DVD
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00005V6QB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Norton on March 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan of a wide range of metal styles, but never liked anything referred to as "black metal". I happened to read an article on Immortal, thought they looked a little silly with the makeup, but decided to check out a few sound clips to see what the big deal was. I ended up buying the CD and was surprised at how much I love it! No keyboards and a great mix of fast and slow tempos give these songs just the right kick that should satisfy any death metal fan (not limited to "black metal" fans!). Abbath's growl and unbelievably fast and tight guitar playing make this CD a must-have for anyone who loves real metal (The drumming is amazing as well - I gotta see this guy!). I have since bought 3 other Immortal CD's and look forward to seeing them live here in North America. This will probably go down as my surprise favorite of 2002!
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I had a chance to see them in Chicago with Halford and I failed to go...Little did I know that it would be my last chance to see one of my most highly revered bands! Curse me to hell!!!
Anyway...The CD...Yes, an awesome sounding finale to their repertoire of music. As already stated, the guitars really stand out and sound very good. Excellent production all around. This is my favorite Immortal album, although they are ALL worth having in your collection. Is it black metal? Who cares??? We get so damn tied up into labels and categories that it becomes a detriment...Just listen and decide: Do I like it? If so, then let it be! It truly is a very heavy CD and if you like Immortal, you should love this one!
So sad they are gone. Nothing in this world ever lasts...Abbath shares some vocals on the new Dimmu Borgir (Death Cult Armageddon - get it) CD though.
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Holy hell! As much as I really love black metal as a whole, I never really expected a regular, run-of-the-mill black metal band like Immortal to pull off an album as technical and as complex as this one without the symphonic sound of their peers Emperor or Dimmu Borgir.

While black metal is known for having unconventional song structures with seemingly monotone blast-beat drumming with repetitive, tightly-tuned guitar chord progressions (and not to mention a near-absence of guitar solos), Immortal refrains from these traditional elements on many levels. Many of the songs, particularly the longer ones toward the end of the album, exhibit frequent changes in tempo and rhythm, making the listener wonder what sort of tricks they are going to pull off next. I also thought it was amazing that these guys even tend to slow the music down somewhat and even sound almost relaxing, that is, by black metal standards.

The vocal work is what I like to describe as pure resemblance of demonic menace, be it it loud or soft in volume, yet still adhering to the usual dark atmospheric black metal tone. The guitar, bass, and drums, as simple as a lineup as that may sound, sync perfectly with eachother, and can all be heard as a distinctive team of instruments working together to create dark musical magic.

I highly recommend this album to any true fan of black metal, as it is a clear representation of the more progressive and technical side of the genre, while still retaining the rawness that all black metal is known for. BUY IT!
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Less overtly death metal influenced than the previous album Damned In Black, Sons Of Northern Darkness walks a fine line between death metal and more melodic black metal. Perhaps its the best described by what Immortal themselves called their music: holocaust metal. The songs range from blast beat freak outs to slower Celtic Frost/Viking metal like pummelling such as the fantastic album closer "Beyond The North Waves" There is a lot of variety here within each song, lots of change ups in the music, LOTS of power, melody and even groove. I think writing wise this may be Immortals finest album, at least since Pure Holocaust. Much of this album is violence inducing and sublime. Where the hell's my longboat? Thematically SOND is pretty much what we've come to expect from Immortal, songs about Blashyrk (or however you spell it), war, triumph and cold wastelands. With song titles like "Antartica", "In My Kingdom Cold", or "Tyrants" you pretty much know what Immortal are about lyrically. Holocaust metal indeed.

The album sounds hugely powerful, seductively so. The guitars are huge, there's just the right amount of bottom end to the mix, the drums are defined and powerful and the vocals sit perfectly within the framework of the music. Necro sounding this isn't, its monstrous. They've never sounded better.

Horgh is an fantastic drummer and this is his best work. Abbath's vocals and guitar playing are completely fantastic. I think he's got the best voice in black metal. Iscariah sounds great, his bass provides a distorted powerful bottom end. Sons of Northern Darkness is Immortals most satisfying album since Pure Holocaust and is a great final work for a fantastic band. They went out on top of their game.
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Immortal plays as heavy and cold as any of the so-called "black metal" bands but they transcend the cliche's about anti-Christianity and satanism lyrics of retarded crap bands like Gorgoroth. Immortal uses dark, cold and brutal fantasy lyrics about their own created mythology. When you couple this with the fact their records feature fantastic production sound and the right balance of brutal playing and melodic thrash you get the best dark band alive. These guys are smart too. They are more accessible to a bigger fanbase without resorting to shock tactics like gore and the anti-religious political b.s. that alienates people (and, really, that shtick is just so tired and ignorant). I've read many reviews that contain the line "I don't really black metal but I like this band" and you can count me among those that think this is just a great artistic band without the baggage. I would really categorize this as "cold, dark metal" rather than "black metal" because black metal pretty much gets it's name for pretending to be satanic or being overtly anti-Christian. Immortal may feel that way personally (I dunno or care) but don't pollute their music with it. This is why their popularity continues to grow.

"Sons Of Northern Darkness" was my second purchase on Immortal. I first got "All Shall Fall" and I was absolutely blown aware by the atmospheric power of their playing and the cold, wintery sound. I find myself playing it start to finish on repeat. I've now purchased every Immortal cd I could get my hands on. I really hope they don't change but continue doing their thing and now what their so-called peers are doing.
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