Rating:
7.8
Norther - Dreams Of Endless War
2002


01. Darkest Time
02. Last Breath
03. Released
04. Endless War
05. Dream
06. Victorious One
07. Nothing Left
08. The Last Night
09. Final Countdown [Europe cover]


Hail Finland! I often wonder what they feed their young in that country because it seems they grow up to be big and strong and then go join a metal band. The past few years [probably longer!] Finland has been a hotbed of excitement in the Metal world.

When I ordered Norther's debut Dreams of Endless War I had no idea what I was getting into. Fans of Kalmah and Children of Bodom will seriously destroy themselves over this album. Just smash Kalmah and COB together and you get Norther. It takes a lot for me to go nuts over an album as I am pretty picky, but this one caught me off guard.

The first track 'Darkest Time' attacks your senses, then continues on with 'Last Breath', 'Released', 'Endless War', 'Dream', 'Victorious', 'Nothing Left', 'The Last Night', and... Ok before I say the last track let me set it up. At first listen I kind of laughed, but do you remember a little 80's band called Europe? Remember their most popular track... 'Final Countdown'? Well Dreams of Endless War ends with that little track... redone of course. It's a cheesy song but at least Norther make some good out of it.

I rate this album as I did when I first heard Kalmah's Swamplord. Finland to say the least is producing top-notch Metal bands. SO I command thee to go get this album!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8


Band profile: Norther
Album: Dreams Of Endless War


 


written by fade | 18.09.2003



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Warman - 20.06.2007 at 15:49  
Without doubt one of the best albums of all time, without any doubt! Great in every way and will always remain as a important release for me!
Abattoir - 30.06.2007 at 18:05  
I think the album deserves more than 7.8 . It's great album, but not my favourite from them. I prefer Death Unlimited
Powerslavex - 30.09.2008 at 16:06  
originalty 6? it's there first album 8.5 for sure
Vitriolic Hate - 12.12.2008 at 02:37  
Powerful debut album!!!
Janne - 18.02.2009 at 20:22  
I fell in love with this album after the 1st listening! So bad I've only discovered early Norther albums by now..
Megadeth88 - 21.11.2009 at 05:46  
I agree with the rating. "Dreams Of Endless War" is one of those albums that was kick ass at first listen, But after many listens of this album I get bored with it very quickly. Their second album "Mirror Of Madness" is their best album in my opinion!

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