Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods

8.2 | 338 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

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2018
Top 20 albums of 2018: 16

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
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.

published 05.07.2018 | Comments (22)

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02.12.2018 - 16:07
Rating: 7
Decent album, but "Mighty Ravendark" was one of the best moments of the year.
30.03.2019 - 14:22
Rating: 8
Maasai Mara
Still feels like the ghost of Abbath is somewhere in the music. Almost as atmospheric and enjoyable as Sons of Northern Darkness.
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07.07.2019 - 18:05
Rating: 9
People: OmG tHiS aLbUm SuUuUuCkS! nO aBbAtH, nO iMmOrTaL! Then they say that Abbath's new album 'Outstrider' sucks too!
23.08.2019 - 08:38
Troy Killjoy
This is literally what every 90s black metal album would have sounded like if those bands had modern technology.

It's not innovative in any sense of the imagination, but it's a solid black metal album, with absolutely no outside influence aside from their original goal of writing some straightforward, consistent, professional sounding black metal. It's like a bunch of washed up black metal musician friends got together at a bar one night discussing the glory days of the genre and eventually left after crushing about 90 beers between them agreeing to form a new project paying homage to that trve kvlt shit of yore.

For what it is, it's a good album. Basic, but good. But it's also lacking when compared to the rest of the scene and how it's come to evolve over the past couple decades. The kind of album you can justify others losing their mind over out of love or hate, but objectively speaking this is quality black metal at its core. It just so happens that those washed up musicians are all still active members in the scene, currently considered iconic legends in some capacity or other, but have clearly ventured so far beyond what's "in" (without caring to be "in", mind you) that the end result is rather... average. The majority of listeners won't be wowed, and the outlying extremes will make up the seemingly disproportionate, reactionary responses and votes, but at the end of the day we all know this is just a simple by the numbers black metal album with some expertise behind it.
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