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One of the harshest, most cataclysmic black metal albums ever recorded – EXTREMELY fast, vicious, and aggressive, tearing at you repeatedly like a rabid pack of ice wolves. Also one of this band’s most epic hours, combining Demonaz’s incredibly bizarre sense of melody with enough apocalyptic fervor to end the world a dozen times. Absolutely mandatory for those who would consider themselves knowledgeable about the Norwegian black metal scene of the past…if you like their most recent material, listen to this to learn why they have such a good reputation! Beautiful Norwegian art…

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  • The album is a great black metal album. However, I think the copy I have has a messed up track list on the back of the case because I have seen the video for Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms, and I know that’s track 2, but it is labeled as track 7, so just be wary of that. Otherwise, it’s awesome.

    Posted on December 17, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is one of my favorite albums. Battles in the North is the third album by Norwegian black metal band Immortal. It is similar to its predecessor “Pure Holocaust”, with extreme speed and ice cold production and lyrics. This CD is a classic album in black metal. Abbath’s drumming here are so fast and awesome. Also here the concept of Blashyrk becomes a central focus. The concept continues through all of their subsequent albums.
    In the copy that I bought here there was a mistake in the booklet and in the back cover of the CD, the tracks order are different with the ones that are in the CD. So keep that in mind.

    Posted on December 17, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Amazing drumming. This is a wicked good CD with possibly the best and most intense drumming I’ve ever heard. I definitely recommend this CD to Immortal fans.

    Posted on December 17, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Originally this was not one of my favorite immortal releases, but it’s really grown on me. I can understand people complaining about the production, however in my opinion, it’s perfect for the genre, and specifically this release.

    The drumming is pretty crazy on this one, and the songs are strong. This has turned out to be one of my favorite Immortal releases, and one of the last releases by them with low-end production.

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have supported these guys since they called themselves OLD FUNERAL(with Varg from BURZUM), and I have to say they have yet to disappoint. With the release BATTLES IN THE NORTH, Immortal proved to live up to their name. This contribution to black metal is fierce, raw, and brutal. Immortal slows down for no one and this CD proves it. If the first song, “Battles in the North,” doesn’t grab you and throw you to the floor, then you are either hearing impaired or in an eternal slumber. It slashes and cuts and pounds your ear drums and just when you think it is safe the next song starts and you are being brutalized again. Not for the weak or for those who like predictable rhythyms. For fans of DARKTHRONE, RAGNAROK, DARK FUNERAL, and SATYRICON…

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now