The name Demonaz should be familiar to most hardened black metal fans.
Along with Abbath, he led the mighty
to glory in the 90's, and thus he can
truly be considered one of the early pioneers
of Norwegian black metal.
He retired from active playing in 1997 due to tendinitis, remaining
behind the scenes with Immortal as a sometimes lyricist and band manager.
Now, in 2011, he returns to the spotlight with his first
solo album, March Of The Norse
Classic Norse black metal this isn't, as this is closer to the Viking
though less epic.
A similar work might be the post-Immortal album
Between Two Worlds
which isn't surprising since Demonaz provided lyrics for that album
and the other two guys here also played on that album.
There are scattered nods to his past, but by and large this shouldn't
be compared to Immortal.
To his credit, he's not simply rehashing old Immortal riffs, and
the overall vibe here is fine, though there seems to be a lack of variation
and urgency in the songs.
Overall, a fine first effort, and it's nice to see him back in action.
March Of The Norse
Reviews: Metal Review
Lords Of Metal
Angry Metal Guy
- Northern Hymn
- All Blackened Sky
- March of the Norse
- A Son of the Sword
- Where Gods Once Rode
- Under the Great Fires
- Over the Mountains
- Ode to Battle
- Legends of Fire and Ice
- Dying Sun [Digipak bonus track]
- Arve Isdal