De Profundis Mars Vas Consument
The Freezing Moon
Where Dead Angels Lie
Moon Over Kara-Shehr
Untrodden Paths (Wolves Pt. II)
Rodt Og Svart
In Your Grave
The Ancient Queen
Metal: a Tribute to Euronymous" Karmageddon
distributed in CH by Irascible Distribution
review by Boris "Azrael" Witta ___
album is cult. Pure cult. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuult!! Originally,
“Nordic Metal” was the idea of Euronymous (R.I.P.) and his friend
Paul “Typhon” Thind from Necropolis Records. Euronymous wanted to
release a collection-album of bands, in which he believed. Because Varg
“Count Grishnackh” Vikernes murdered Euronymous in 1993, the release
was delayed and the album came out for the first time in 1996. This
is now the re-release, but it’s exactly the same album as the first
edition. If you listen to “Nordic Metal”, you can feel and breathe
the spirit of earls, minimalistic Black Metal. Every song is very
intense, extremely hateful, misanthropic and spreads a dark, an origin,
an anxious atmosphere, you feel the pure essence of evil. Someone who is
in Black Metal will worship this album, and during the listening of
“Nordic Metal”, you get the impression if yourself would be in
Norway, a cold wind blows, churches are burning. Logically, the
line-up of the band is the who-is-who of the early Black Metal-scene.
From Mayhem, there are two songs, “The Freezing Moon” and “Pagan
Fears, both from the classic “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, and the
most macabre thing is, that in this album, Euronymous and his murder
Varg play together, Euronymous the guitar and Varg the bass. There are
rumours, that someone else re-played Vargs bass-lines before “De
Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” came out, but actually, that’s not true.
I listened to the Emperor-songs on this album for the first time, I
didn’t recognize them. “Moon Over Kara-Shehr” and “The
Ancient Queen” are just fantastic True Black Metal, cold,
aggressive, with a hysteric voice, a minimalistic underground-production
and they are just the best I ever heard from Emperor, and of course
these two tracks are from their first demo “Wrath Of The Tyrant”,
which was also essential for the development of Black Metal.
Another well-known band is Marduk. Here, they play “Untrodden Paths
(Wolves Pt. II)” from the album “Opus Nocturne”. Morgan Steinmeyer
Hakansson, mastermind of Marduk, was a good friend of Euronymous and so
it’s logical that his band appears on “Nordic Metal”. For me it
was interesting to listen to this song, because I never heard Marduk
without Legion, and on “Opus Nocturne”, Joakim Grave was the singer.
“Untrodden Paths…” is a typical Marduk-song, fast, with
lots of blastbeats and supreme guitars of Morgan.
sickest band on this album is certainly Abruptum (quotation: “This is
not music, only pure evil!”). “De Profundis Mors Vas Consumet”
sounds, if a very hateful, a suicidal and indeed sick person created
this song, and the vocals are absolutely inhuman, a song, which isn’t
easy to describe. This song is a challenge for the listener, it’s not
easy to survive “De Profundis Vas Consumet”.
different are some other bands. Dissection for example: They
always played a very mystic version of Black Metal, always with great
melodies, and their two songs are “Where Dead Angels Lie”
(from “Storm Of The Light’s Bane” – also classic!) and “Elizabeth
Bathori” from the EP “Where Dead Angels Lie”. Just don’t
think about what Jon Nödveidt did (he’s still arrested in prison for
murderer), then you really can enjoy Dissection.
is a real progressive and experimental band – today. “Loke”
is straight, aggressive, fast and hateful, brutal and destroying. I
don’t see very big differences to Black Metal, but Enslaved play
“Viking Metal exclusively”.
special thing is, that also Thorns is on this album, I mean, the mainman
of this band, Snorre Ruch, helped Varg Vikernes to kill Euronymous. But
anyway, “Aerie Descends” is great in its way, it’s very
cold, kind of simple, but very effective.
band which I didn’t know until I heard “Nordic Metal” was
Ophtalamia. Actually, I still don’t know much about them, besides they
come from Sweden and play a great version of Mayhem’s cult-song “Deathcrush”;
which is actually very thrashy and a bit reminding to Thrash-heroes like
Sodom and Destruction, and these two bands also were very accepted in
the 90s Black Metal-scene.
the last band is Mysticum, and I have to say that was the best surprise,
because I never heard anything of this band. Both songs (“Kingdom
Comes” and “In Your Grave”) are very aggressive, very
harsh and really a fist in the face. Unfortunately, Mysticum split up a
short time ago.
An unreleased, great, dark, and perfect Outro of Mortiis (Ex-Emperor) finishes the album, and I have to say that “Nordic Metal” is the best piece of True Black Metal I heard for the last years.
in peace, brother, we will see you soon…
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