March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse
Label: Nuclear Blast - NB 2434-5,Nuclear Blast - 27361 24345 • Format: CD Album Box Set Limited Edition, Numbered • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Black Metal, Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. The songwriting's similar, the production's similar, the lyrical content's similar. Naturally, I'm over the moon.
Between Two Worlds lyrics courtesy of the man in question is, in my rarely-humble opinion, the best album of and one of the best five of the last decade. It's no small wonder then that I'm as excited about March Of The Norse being released as I was for Immortal's last opus 's admirable All Shall Fallas it's clear from the opening moments that this album is that's spiritual sequel: as Abbath is Demonaz's 'demon brother', so too are Between Two Worlds and March Of The Norse siblings of metal majesty.
If you've heard that album, you'll know what to expect: pounding rhythm driving remorseless guitar work. Demonaz whose vocals here aren't a million miles removed from Abbath's, mercifully sparing us from the spectacle of witnessing a talented guitarist failing horribly whilst trying his hand at fronting a record deals in fierce metal only, and March Of The Norse sees him on top form, crafting furious slabs of icy riffing without a moment wasted on retrospection or rock balladry.
The record opens with "Northern Hymn", a song that does not belie its title. Demonaz's soulfully intoned vocals and a simply strummed acoustic section make the triumphant onslaught of "All Blackened Sky" all the more exciting.
If that opening riff wasn't enjoyable enough, the simplicity of the overlaid second melody instantly hits you with the notion that this album is going to be stuck on your, er, music program for some time to come. By the time that second melody is replicated on keyboards and with a viking chorus of voices, you'll feel your purchase has been validated already. As with Between Two Worlds forgive the constant comparison, but the albums bear such comparison so readilyit is these basic combinations and harmonies that make this music so appealing.
It's quite a bit removed from Immortal: the arrangements are less tricky and the playing confidently restrained. With that said, there's a riff that starts not two minutes into that first song proper that could get the Venus De Milo's head banging. So the metal, again, comes in spades those spades March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse haven't been filled with the glacial snow of inspirational permafrost, that is.
And again last time, I swearas with Between Two Worlds, the best track here is the one with the word mountains in the title. It boasts the best riffs and the most pleasingly victorious fade out in recent memory. The bonus track "Dying Sun" is less a full song than a nod to the past it says on the packaging that it was written in : Demonaz doesn't even appear on it. Instead, Dale and Armagedda take us through this slow, plodding collection of riffs that veer from album-outro winding down one moment to Celtic Frost menace the next.
Where it falls a little short of I's masterpiece is in the lack of variety. Naturally, if you like the style on offer you'll be thrilled to March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse , but that the songs all sound so similar could put off those in search of an album with more to it. Still, this is a worthwhile effort from Demonaz and has enough Immortal in it to tide fans over to the next album proper, and enough awesome in it to satisfy just about everyone March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse . Demonaz Doom Occulta needs no introduction, nor need I to recall the reasons why this icon plays no longer with Immortal.
A decade after his departure from the band he formed along with Olve Eikemo, Demonaz got us with our pants down and out of nowhere, and released a demo of his homonym new project. This promotional release seemed promising, mainly because it was nothing like Immortal reloaded or shit. But hey, Twist And Shout - Call 66 / Telefon - Looking Back / Vol.
1 - Dance Rock Session all wanted at least one full length album before judging this monster, right? One could be mistaken as well, I was. Now, sadly, none of the songs works by itself; being simple as they are, and the same way it happens with most of bm and vm albums, you Slade - Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply to lay down and embrace the music to quite appreciate it.
How a guitarist unable to play guitar ought to proceed is an interesting conundrum, but the solution is a fairly simple one — after making a career as a lyricist, he is finally singing his own words. Containing elements of black, viking and traditional metal, but not enough of any to be fully pegged as such, it is a CD that will no doubt turn off some purists from any of those movements, but captivate those who appreciate a bit of fluidity between genre boundaries.
Steadfastly March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse riffs inexorably drive things along a frozen trail, while echoic choirs and scything melodic guitar segments convey a desolate atmosphere. The short running time of 40 Ive Got Enough - Various - Say Hi To Northern Soul counting the worthwhile instrumental bonus track is a good fit for this approach, and prevents the CD from wearing out its welcome.
Let's get some things clear. I'm in love with this record. I'm not a fanboy of Demonaz and I'm not a huge fan of black metal. The album gives of a really cold-sounding production as heard on Immortal albums and isn't a huge departure from the usual work of Demonaz. There's a galloping rhythm section going on with the guitars and some very nice guitar harmonies. The songs are what you would call mid-tempo and the structures are almost identical, so there's not much variety at all.
I still can't stop myself from listening to it, but I can very easily see that someone would be really turned off by this fact, and I won't judge you. The lyrics are inspired by the great rascals of the north, Vikings, and the vocals are of the Various - fRoots #18, black metal kind They're not over the top and there are loads of epic choir-baking vocals happening throughout the album.
The album itself is pretty atmospheric and connects with me on a subconscious level. I really love this album despite its flaws. I'd say that Matinda - Franco et LO.K. Jazz* - À Paris give it a try and if you like a song, you will probably like the whole album. It's just a Leave Me - Who Dies In Siberian Slush - Вitterness Of The Years That Are Lost of if you can stand to listen to that many identical songs in a row.
Give it a try. I fucking love it. Coldness and darkness has a charm all its own, independent of whatever tale may be caught in its grasp. If the atmosphere fits and the feel is glorious to the point of being approved by the 4 winds March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse to by Manowar, there is little reason to complain. These topics Stick To Your Guns - Various - Sturm Über Deutschland come up whenever anyone connected to the Immortal franchise is concerned, and original composer and continued lyricist Demonaz Doom Occulta could be seen as the next in a generation of storytellers to arise since Quorthon popularized the Nordic trend of frosty landscapes and Viking lore.
It might be difficult to construe this as being a complement for any reputable band putting forth a blackened metal album, but what has been rendered here is something that is probably fitter for radio than anything popular bands like Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir.
Apart from some esoteric types who occasionally like to lose themselves in elaborate lyrical illustrations about a mostly familiar subject, this is still something that is exclusively oriented towards a non-hipster audience. This is an album that fully embraces the one dimensional tendencies of this sort of endeavor and makes it work.
The acoustic passages are all interrelated with each other thematically, the pace is generally upper mid-tempo, and melodic expositions and recapitulations can be found from start to finish. Ultimately, despite being a very praiseworthy work for a guy who has been largely out of the music writing business for a while, this is largely a rock solid yet not quite astounding work.
Originally submitted to www. Which resulted in this solo effort on his part obviously. And so, with all that said, how does it fare in the scheme of things beyond the permafrost of Blashyrk?
I could probably give it an A for effort, but even then, I might be stretching it. The Doom Occulta brotherhood of one Demonaz and Abbath have come back to life in recent times, bringing us a long-awaited Immortal return and the quite fucking marvellous I album "Between Two Worlds", but now it's time for the side-project of chief lyricist and erstwhile Immortal Blue Girl - Manning - The View From My Window manager Demonaz to step back into the musical limelight with his debut solo offering.
In what will be of no little surprise to anyone who knows the history of Immortal and to a lesser extent, Ithe epically charged, medium-paced riffing at the heart of "All Shall Fall" and "Between Two Worlds" is central to this album's Bathory tinged core. Opening introduction "Northern Hymn" has all the pomp of an "Odin's Ride Over Nordland", while not only do songs like "A Son of the Sword" and "Where Gods Once Rode" rally along at such a beat it is impossible not to nod to your head, they possess chorus vocal lines dutifully set up for March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse show singsongs should Demonaz ever take this show on the road.
The clean 'woahahs' and acoustic passages, which were just March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse small element of the other-worldly greatness of Viking-era Bathory, are found aplenty throughout "Ode to Battle" being especially charged in it's one minute ; not necessarily the most imaginative of soundscape building methods but for something as reverential as the album feels on the whole its works wonders.
One area they will not be however is Demonaz' croaky yet decipherable vocals what with him having always remained in Abbath's shadow. Average they are at best as an accompaniment to Ice Dale's excellent performance but we can let the man off for this misdemeanour - he's never claimed himself to be a real vocalist — as his enthusiasm more than carries the job thrugh.
Now, I wonder if Demonaz and I could ever tie down a tour together? Originally written for www. If Demonaz Doom Occulta's first solo effort sounds like some pseudo sequel to I's debut Between Two Worlds, that's because it is aesthetically quite similar.
Bridging the epic Viking black tradition of latter day Immortal and the traditional, hard hitting heavy metal of 80s enthusiasts like Manowar, Heavy Load, Brocas Helm and Manilla Road, he's crafted yet another successful experience of elegant, powerful fare with the rare ability to soothe one's heart while crushing his spirit across the winter wastes. If you enjoyed Between Two Worlds, or Immortal's latest albums All Shall Fall and Sons of Northern Darkness, then you'll be quite comfy with such accessible hooks and strong, simple songwriting.
Now, Demonaz himself did not perform on Between Two Worlds, but he did Panic - Amy Jo Johnson - Imperfect the lyrics, and his partners here, guitarist Ice Dale and drummer Armagedda were both culled from that other project's lineup.
A natural fit, as the extended Immortal family seems to have a long legacy of lasting friendships that seems so rare in the seething hate-scape of the black metal scene, and it continues to work well through the March of the Norse. Climactic elevations of melodic power and weighted rhythms dominate cuts like the pumping title track and the soaring "Where Gods Once Rode", with all the blunt folk mysticism of Bathory's post-Hammerheart continuum thrash misfires aside.
Demonaz himself has a slightly grimier form of address than Abbath uses in I or Immortal, but its nonetheless emotionally enduring and effective. There's really not a bad song in this bunch, but my preference lies towards the dramatic "Over the Mountains" with the solemn guitar hooks in the verses, and the instrumental bonus track "Dying Sun" which flows like runoff from a Summer heated Les Roses Blanches - Les Sunlights - Les Roses Blanches melancholic March Of The Norse - Demonaz - March Of The Norse rock well suited to any sorrow choked circumstance.
If it's glory you seek, though, you'll be hard pressed to take "Legends of Fire and Ice", "All Blackened Sky", or those mentioned in the second 'graph for granted. The riffs are rarely subtle or intricate, but the splice of open, ringing chords and strings casts the same icy glamour as Between Two Worlds or All Shall Fall, so even when the most predictable pattern is being practiced, it still seems to function within the trio's capable handiwork.
I felt that the material was more immediately accessible than I, which took me some time to develop a fondness towards, and ultimately not quite that strong, but I can't think of any reason a fan of that would avoid March of the Norse.
The lyrical themes might seem as if they've run their course by now Demonaz has been scribing Immortal lyrics for well over a decadebut driven by such wanderlust as the atmosphere of this album provides, there is a timeless appeal unlikely to interfere with the audience's appreciation.
The production is superb, the songs have a lot of replay value. Viking as fuck. Memorable, gleaming metal set against a night black background. Fit for every soul that has ever stared across a snowy expanse, tracing the sun's course upon the frost, and wondered.
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