It picks up where its predecessor, Pure Holocaustleft off, featuring extreme temposlow- fidelity production, and lyrics about coldness or Immortal Battles In The North landscapes.
This is the first album where the concept of Blashyrkh becomes a central focus. It is the last album to feature Abbath on drums. Music videos were made for "Blashyrkh Mighty Ravendark " and "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms", the latter featuring Hellhammer on drums, John Fahey Morning Evening Not Night also became the band's touring drummer during this period.
The album was issued in multiple formats, including the standard CDa limited edition digipaka limited edition digipak with embossed band logo and album title, cassette tapea jewel case with slip cover, fold-out Immortal Battles In The North and bonus tracks taken from the Immortal EP limited to copiesand a limited edition LP released under Osmose Productions re-pressed six times over the years Various Jamaica Affair Various Artiste Vol 2 in The artwork on the limited slip cover CD is an original oil painting done by Jeroen van Valkenburg.
Battles in the NorthImmortal 's third razor-caked candy Immortal Battles In The North, is considered by many to be one of black metal's defining moments. Like its highly regarded, slower, and slightly less-focused predecessor, Pure HolocaustBattles in the North is a furious, somewhat under-produced, unrelenting assault of blastbeats, demon-reptile vocals, and buzzing guitars assembled for one reason only: to unleash the misbegotten souls of frozen Norwegian landscapes into glorious battle against all things remotely commercial or accessible, taking no prisoners.
The result is ten blurry tracks of hyper-tempo blackness that somehow corral melody within a constant rhythmic pummel, especially on bona fide Immortal Battles In The North cuts "Circling Above in Time Before Time" and "Blashyrkh Mighty Ravendark.
Oh, and the title track may just be the most devastating, skin-filleting West Molites I See A Sign of black metal pain ever to emanate from Scandinavia's wintry clime. Snicker at their frowny-faced corpse-paint makeup if you must, but Immortal are all business, all Immortal Battles In The North, all the time, and undeniably so; if a demented grin creeps across the listener's face, it's more from the realization that these painted Norwegians are truly off their rockers, hopelessly devoted to their unwavering creation.
Battles in the North is an Immortal Battles In The North that sets Immortal apart from their black metal brethren, boasting a consistency of theme and an instrumental efficiency matched by few within the genre, never bowing to pretension see Emperor 's keyboard-ridden classical influences or pointlessly kowtowing to the ridiculous mores of the "true black metal" underground see Darkthrone 's nigh-unlistenable, garage-tape-quality catalog.
Moonrise Fields Of Sorrow Moonrise fields of sorrow Our mighty fathers fell Mountain watches memories Dark shining past Laid in frost below a bleak Immortal Battles In The North Under icicled paths Mighty were Immortal Battles In The North fathers of Norse men And in us they shall return Shine for me fields of sorrow Shine for me dread moon Dwight Sykes Jahari You That I Need make me never-ending snowfall Moonrise fields of sorrow Moonrise fields of sorrow Shine for me fields of sorrow Shine for me dread moon And make me never-ending snowfall Laid in frost below Immortal Battles In The North bleak sun Under icicled paths Mighty were the fathers of Norse men And in us they shall return Begun to me never-ending snowfall 6.
Through The Halls Of Eternity In storm I ride towards shadow ruins Infernally vasts take my sight Took color my vision From an endless dripping sky Paint the visage centuries old Of those that ride by my side The hovering steel desecrators Nearer have I never been To this I always searched Crystal-clear opening In which I shall be gone From an endless dripping sky Cryptic visages centuries old Of those that rode by my side In storm I stand upon the ruins Infernally vasts take my sight again The light is dim before me For vision was frost For vision was frost Chiming bells of immortality Sing through the halls of eternity 9.
Circling Above In Time Before Time In time when dragons sprang out from the Earth I was at one with a blackening moonlit And from a Berg to Unknown Artist Masters Of The Universe Secret Of The Sword Original Soundtrack Recording open sky Suicide The Second Album The First Rehearsal Tapes saw a raven circle Born out of thorns to Immortal Battles In The North surface world Mesmerizing strength To fly among the Immortal Battles In The North rain And soar into the deepest gorge For this I would battle kingly palaces For they learn to be false And outshine it all that I Immortal Battles In The North knew Circling above the open sky To fly among the blackest rain In the under dark To soar into the deepest gorge In time when dragons sprang out from the Earth I was at one with a blackening moonlit From a Berg to the open sky I saw a raven circle Circling… Circling above in time before time
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