Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods



8.4 | 233 votes |
Release date: 6 July 2018
Style: Black metal

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01. Northern Chaos Gods
02. Into Battle Ride
03. Gates To Blashyrkh
04. Grim And Dark
05. Called To Ice
06. Where Mountains Rise
07. Blacker Of Worlds
08. Mighty Ravendark

Top 20 albums of 2018: 12

Line-up
Harald Nævdal - guitars, vocals
Reidar Horghagen - drums

Session musicians
Peter Tägtgren - bass

Additional info
Produced and mixed by Peter Tägtgren. Music and Lyrics by Demonaz.

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.0
Immortal have suffered for too long in the dreary melodrama of legal scrutiny. All Shall Fall was nine years ago already, and it was 21 years ago that Demonaz made his last appearance on an Immortal album. Abbath, amidst storms of public upset, returned to the music world in 2016 with a tumultuous dud. Northern Chaos Gods might just be the album Immortal needs at this moment.

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published 05.07.2018 | Comments (21)

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21.04.2018 - 06:13
Rating: 6
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
All shall fall was kinda disappointing, hoping this is better.
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23.04.2018 - 08:42
Tapping The Vein
I was disappointed in All Shall Fall when it first came out, but it's grown on me a lot over time.

It's going to be weird to have an Immortal album without Abbath on it, but I hope it's good. I loved March of the Norse, so I have no reason to think this won't be somewhere on that level with Demonaz at the helm. It's also pretty cool that Peter Tagtgren played bass for them on this one.
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Congratulations. God hates your guts!
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11.05.2018 - 20:36
Vombatus
Potorro


Sooo, after 9 years and no Abbath, this is what Immortal sounds like. Overproduced Battles In The North/Blizzard Beasts? Good enough for me consider it's 2018.
Btw, the single alone is better than anything on the Abbath solo album...
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05.07.2018 - 02:37
Maco
Handbanana
Wow this is gonna be released tomorrow. Gotta be ready.
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I'm derp.
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06.07.2018 - 09:55
Rating: 7
Nicko's Nose
I guess Demonaz has some serious fanboys.
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06.07.2018 - 11:18
Rating: 10
Olethros
Fantastic album. Considered that Pure Holocaust is my fav album from Immortal, this is closely my 2nd favorite already. Fantastic atmosphere and riffs. Chaos and Blashyrkh! 10/10
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06.07.2018 - 12:29
Rating: 9
Hellcult
I have to say it is a very good album, i was expecting something very average and here We are with a solid new record from Immortal despite Abbath's absence, nice!
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And I see the blade fall down upon the head of lord in heaven
And Darkness falls upon the end of history
While I drink the milk of the Black Goddess and cry over the mankind

Black Moses is my name...
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06.07.2018 - 17:28
Mercurial
It's not bad, a servicable replica of days gone, but the modern production and lack of Abbath on vocals sucks out some of the soul of this. There's just so much more exciting black metal around since this comeback. Arguably better than All Shall Fall though. Arguably.
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06.07.2018 - 20:26
Rating: 9
ManiacBlasphemer
Black Knight
I am the last person who would join a hype, but this album is damn good. Much better than All Shall Fall. If Abbath would've sung it, I would've given it full marks. Demonaz is not bad at vocals though. Abbath should learn from this. His album was kinda bland.
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07.07.2018 - 13:27
Rating: 9
Himedal
Love it. it's faster and darker than all shall fall. too bad Abbath is not in the band anymore.
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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08.07.2018 - 09:19
Rating: 6
Mesen90
The main factor that makes me always love Immortal is it's original style while they are getting over themselves with every single album. This album is nothing more than Battles in the North\Blizzard Beasts with modern sound...
I was very excited for new line-up that majorly led by Demonaz but i think i'm gonna miss Abbath. Even All Shall Fall was more successful than this album because of it's own uniqueness...
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09.07.2018 - 09:39
DieH@rd
I've listened to this album... and then Winamp switched to the "At the Heart of Winter". The difference in style/quality is to me astronomical. The old albums are much more grim and frostbitten.
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His is a name the world will never forget... He is Dargor!
-Rhapsody-
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10.07.2018 - 05:30
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
If you think this is the best black metal album of the year thus far, you need to listen to more black metal
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This is the water, and this is the well
Drink full and descend
The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within
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10.07.2018 - 10:41
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Apothecary on 10.07.2018 at 05:30

If you think this is the best black metal album of the year thus far, you need to listen to more black metal

Or, alternatively, people are entitled to like whatever they like
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Now loving:
Tribulation - The Lament
Tribulation - Nightbound
Tribulation - Subterranea
Tribulation - The World
Tribulation - Here Be Dragons
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10.07.2018 - 18:50
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Daniell on 10.07.2018 at 10:41

Or, alternatively, people are entitled to like whatever they like

I don't think my comment suggested that I don't think that, so I'll ignore the straw man and you implying that I'm somehow trying to police what people listen to/enjoy. I simply think that in this case the "whatever they like" you're mentioning is incredibly mediocre and generic
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This is the water, and this is the well
Drink full and descend
The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within
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12.07.2018 - 14:55
Rating: 7
Metren
Dreadrealm 2.0
Written by Mercurial on 06.07.2018 at 17:28

It's not bad, a servicable replica of days gone, but the modern production and lack of Abbath on vocals sucks out some of the soul of this. There's just so much more exciting black metal around since this comeback. Arguably better than All Shall Fall though. Arguably.


I prefer All Shall Fall, but everything else I totally agree with.
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12.07.2018 - 15:06
Mercurial
Written by Metren on 12.07.2018 at 14:55


I prefer All Shall Fall, but everything else I totally agree with.

I relistened to that one and I'm not so sure now. All Shall Fall has much more of an "Immortal" feel to it than this one does so that would probably win out after all.
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14.07.2018 - 11:29
Rating: 6
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
What a shame the rest of the tracks are not even comparable to the opener and that makes it the only song worth listening and hence this total album is slightly worse than All Shall Fall, what a waste. Should've rather released only a single.
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15.07.2018 - 15:36
Bad English
Masterchief
This is best BM not in this year but last decade (even no) , but in principle, roots and not so popular site of BM lyrics, this album is insult to st. annists and if this will win msa it would be insult to elitrists and smart asses. Amazing album
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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18.07.2018 - 16:45
Mercurial
Written by Bad English on 15.07.2018 at 15:36

This is best BM not in this year but last decade (even no) , but in principle, roots and not so popular site of BM lyrics, this album is insult to st. annists and if this will win msa it would be insult to elitrists and smart asses. Amazing album

Smart asses and elites won't give a crap if this wins
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18.07.2018 - 16:50
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Mercurial on 18.07.2018 at 16:45

Written by Bad English on 15.07.2018 at 15:36

This is best BM not in this year but last decade (even no) , but in principle, roots and not so popular site of BM lyrics, this album is insult to st. annists and if this will win msa it would be insult to elitrists and smart asses. Amazing album

Smart asses and elites won't give a crap if this wins


They will , they will try to not let it win I know the system ....
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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18.07.2018 - 16:53
Mercurial
Written by Bad English on 18.07.2018 at 16:50


They will , they will try to not let it win I know the system ....

If the staff vote it through it will win purely on popularity. Not sure what you think people are capable of doing to prevent that...
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18.07.2018 - 16:58
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Mercurial on 18.07.2018 at 16:53

Written by Bad English on 18.07.2018 at 16:50


They will , they will try to not let it win I know the system ....

If the staff vote it through it will win purely on popularity. Not sure what you think people are capable of doing to prevent that...


Did I talk about staff? and if you mentioned staff they nominate what they likes

dead one? jooe? great BM lost songs
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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18.07.2018 - 17:00
Mercurial
Written by Bad English on 18.07.2018 at 16:58

Did I talk about staff? and if you mentioned staff they nominate what they likes

dead one? jooe? great BM lost songs

Staff nominating what they like. Yeah, that's how it's done and has always been done. There's no conspiracy.
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21.07.2018 - 00:04
Rating: 9
Zykloncrawaxx
I expected this album would be mediocre at best from the moment they announced they were in the studio and all the way until they posted the opening song, and rightly so considering that everything was pointing toward that being the outcome. It had been over 15 years since Abbath and Demonaz gave us a great album, either by working together or separately. Abbath's solo album was apparently what they were working on since All Shall Fall and it was almost completely forgettable, so Demonaz writing it himself seemed like it would be half as good as that because Demonaz's solo album was consistent but not the most memorable. Abbath split and Demonaz said that he was taking over guitar and vocal duties. Demonaz's vocals sounded decent on his solo album but we haven't heard his guitar playing since Blizzard Beasts, and that certainly didn't inspire confidence whether his surgery had truly fixed his tendonitis or not. Everyone involved with Immortal, including Abbath, are all in their late 40s so it seemed like the well was dry considering all they did for the last decade and a half. From the time they entered the studio they hardly said a word until they said recording was done, and then they hardly said a word until they were about to release their first single. All the silence seemed like they might be trying to hide something, and in fact they were. In retrospect, I can see why they didn't want to say anything when they were completely confident that the songs would speak for themselves when they were ready. That was for the best because they didn't want to deal with any of the public negativity surrounding the the band and what they would do next, which I fully admit I agreed with until I heard what they made.

I expected they would take a more old school approach to this album, but I didn't expect it to the extent they went and I expected it to be a mess regardless. The song Northern Chaos Gods sure seemed to change a lot of people's minds about what to expect, including myself. Demonaz and Horgh have returned with greater ferocity and aggression than arguably anything that has been produced by either of them or Abbath since Blizzard Beasts but this time presented in a precise, harsh, frostbitten, and chillingly evil production in the dead of summer. An odd choice for a release date, but even in the warmth of summer I can feel the snow with this album. Again in retrospect it all makes sense because all the information was there, but it was all buried in everyone's low expectations and I'm still kind of scratching my head wondering how Immortal pulled this off so well. The album feels like it came right from the mid to late 90s but with better production. I feel like it has completely captured the essence of what Immortal always was (both during the previous Demonaz era and Abbath era) and what it always should be. Yes, this album leans much further towards sounding like the Demonaz albums, but there are still enough sections which incorporate the more mid pace epic and atmospheric elements from the Abbath albums. I don't think this album could have been much better all things considered, and even if you ignore all of that, this is the best album that Demonaz and/or Abbath have made in the last 16 years. There is a passion and energy here that we haven't heard from these guys in a very VERY long time. Demonaz and the Immortal name have reclaimed their rightful throne. I just hope this isn't the last they have to offer, however for the first time this decade I can say I am looking forward to whatever Immortal does next and I'll be listening to what they've just done for quite some time until then.

Favorite tracks: Where Mountains Rise, Northern Chaos Gods, Blacker Of Worlds, Gates To Blashyrkh
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30.07.2018 - 17:33
Alondate
It's much better than expectations. I think it is on par with Demonaz's solo album. Where Mountains Rise is an epic song though
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06.08.2018 - 20:13
Rating: 9
infernalius
Didn't gave much attention to this one at first. The Abbath leaving thing, made me think Immortal was basically over.
How wrong i was! Great album!
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20.09.2018 - 02:01
Rating: 8
Jack_Torrance
Much better than I thought it would be. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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