Surprise of 1999 ? Hell yes !!! Immortal has "lost"
Demonaz and all of a sudden everybody is more or less sure that Immortal
will not survive without him, at least their music will not be as good
as previously. Wrong bet ! Best Immortal album ? As of today no doubt
about it. Black metal merged with traditional heavy metal riff (even some
"progressive moments" on "Solarfall", "Tragedies
Blows At Horizon" & "Years Of Silent Sorrow"). 6 songs
(only!) on this "diamond" for a 46 black metal minutes, around
7 to 8 minutes per song ! Really new compare to their previous albums.
With "At The Heart Of Winter" Immortal has "almost"
redefined the "black-metal" style and sound. Peter "Tagtgren"
has produced again a good sound, but I still think that he can do better
with Immortal. Epic songs, wall of "apocalyptic" guitars, which
are also mixed with killing riffs (believe it or not, but typical Maiden's
melodies have been included). Music is much more present compare to lyrics,
but somehow "logical" with songs that have been "extended"
from 3 minutes to 7-8 minutes. The overall "ambiance" is cold
and oppressive, but I wasn't expecting such a good result with this mixture
of "black meets traditional heavy". Vocals are coming straight
from hell and this "devil" voice fits perfectly well to this
kind of music. Well done "Winter Demons".
Killing Songs :
Withstand The Fall, Solarfall, Years Of Silent Sorrow
|Danny quoted 95 / 100|
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