21 Years Ago: Immortal Release ‘Sons of Northern Darkness’

By late 2001, Immortal had released six scorching albums and underwent several sonic and compositional changes. As they gathered their tools and weapons and began preparing for their seventh album, they were reeling and battle-scarred, but either fully prepared or one massive final onslaught. I was taking a long and expired break before.That strategic barrage came with Sons of Northern Darknessreleased by Immortal on February 4, 2002.

Original guitarist Demonaz, who had suffered from severe tendonitis, continued to hand over all guitar duties for the third album to Abbas. Blast not only does he show off beats, tremolo guitars and separcral vocals, but the band uses a variety of catchy slashes in his riffs, counters his melodies, and even blacks out elongated chords that defy metal’s traditional tenets. pattern has been integrated. While much of “One By One” and “Demonium” galloped at the speed of machine gun fire, “Tyrants” was slow and sluggish, emphasizing atmosphere over speed. Intrusion successful.

“I think so Sons of Northern Darkness “There’s a lot of links to things we’ve done before, but there were some things that were way back in the ’80s and were more basic thrash,” Abbas told Metalkings.com. “But it’s important to us.” That is what inspired us and made us who we are today.”

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Sons of Northern Darkness It was Immortal’s third album, produced by Hypocrisy and Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren. This album is by far the band’s sharpest, most clearly defined release. Sons of Northern Darkness It also marked Immortal’s first album with a new deal with Nuclear Blast, giving them greater distribution and complete creative freedom than Osmose could offer.

“It’s time for us to move on and let go of Osmose,” says Abbath. “For example, Osmose is not yet available in the US. Nuclear Blast is a loyal and powerful ally.”

Abbas and drummer Hogue wrote many songs, Sons of Northern Darkness From the ground up, some of the more experimental and thrash passages had been written for past releases, but didn’t fit the mood of the music.

“Some of the ‘Beyond the North Waves’ riffs have been around for quite some time, but some of the ‘In My Kingdom Cold’ riffs have been around for a few years,” said Abbath. “We never had the right ideas or feelings to make those songs. And we’re still working on it. Sons of Northern Darkness I came up with a riff that I had to put in the freezer and wait to see if it would fit on the next album.

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It will be a while before Abbath gets to try the “freezer riff” on Immortal. fans and critics Sons of Northern Darkness, a division grew within the band that could not be repaired for years. Bassist Iscaria quit after recording just one song, leaving Abbas to work on bass and all vocals and guitars in the studio. And while Demonaz provided all the colorful and imaginative lyrics, his inability to play with the band or on tour led to a rift with Abbas.

“The spirit of the band just wasn’t there,” Abbas told Revolver. Me and Horgh, we went out, built the studio, did the music, toured, everything, and Demonaz wrote all the lyrics. … we were fed up. especially me. We could have kept going and made more money, but that’s not the band’s first problem. Immortality is about brotherhood. Immortality is sacred, isn’t it just for money? ”

In mid-2005, Abbas, Demonaz, and original Immortal drummer Armagedda worked with Gorgoroth bassist King of Hell and Enslaved guitarist Arvey Isdal on an album for a band they called I. they released an album. between two worlds From November 2006 through the summer of 2007, Immortal played reunion shows, paving the way for their 2009 album. All Shall Fall.

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