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In 2000 Finland’s frozen grounds spat out a bunch of Norsemen who flocked together to become what is now known as one of Finland’s most renowned metal-outfits: NORTHER. Petri Lindroos (who also joined Ensiferum as lead vocalist/guitarist in 2004) and some friends had made their first attempts at walking the metal earth under the moniker Requiem back in 1996 until Kristian Ranta ... Read more in Amazon's Norther Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • ASIN: B000063S2I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Norther - Dreams of Endless War

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By Hedon on 23 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Is this really Norther?

That was my initial reaction after listening to Dreams of Endless War.

Norther fan-boys and -girls will round up the torches and pitchforks when I say this, but I’ve always seen this band as a lowest-common-denominator kinda thing. They have all the basics of Finnish extreme power metal but lack the flair and complexity that makes a Kalmah, an Omnium Gatherum or a Wintersun. I’ve spent many a fun hour with Mirror of Madness and N, but nothing like my times with Swampsong or New World Shadows. Well, Dreams of Endless War has both flair and complexity, and it’s a shame the band didn’t continue down this road.

Overall, I would say this sounds like a combination of Tales of A Thousand Lakes by Amorphis and Walls of Jericho by Helloween; Tales from a Thousand lakes in the haunting melodies and quintessential Finnish atmosphere of gloom and doom and Walls of Jericho in its thrashy speed metal riffs, intertwining guitar parts and complexity (albeit with solely black metal vocals, of course). Although I wouldn’t really call this heavy, this is for me, the darkest and most aggressive Norther have ever been. It’s thrashy, its fast, it’s melodic and its just brilliant. While the band would go on two write simpler and more accessible songs, Dreams… is packed with time changes and slick riffing, even with some songs hitting the 6 minute mark effortlessly. Its also worth noting that several tracks, such as victorious one, have some strong baroque/theatrical influences that remind one of earlier Eternal Tears of Sorrow. Even the vocals, which tended to go the screechy cat route in later years, sound furious and demonic. Plus, the absence of the Gary Numen style cleans singing which reared its head on Till Death Unites US is a good thing.
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By A Customer on 20 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd is just great, not as 'bouncy' as Death Unlimited but sheer brilliance still!
If you love Bodom, great solo's, great growls and awesome fast beats then you'll fookin love this.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this Album a few months ago from a cd store in Japan. My first impression was that it sounded almost identical to children of bodom. Its great headbanging music with crazy drums, alot of keyboard and guitar solos and the traditional death metal vocals. Its not exactly a masterpiece but if you're into children of bodom and other death metal bands, its worth your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOTALLY worth the extra bucks 13 Feb 2005
By Sam Allen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Norther's debut, 'Dreams of Endless War,' was released in 2002. Ultimately, the look of this band might make you look at them like they're a Children of Bodom clone. This is not so. Though both bands are from Finland, both are melodic death crews, and both are quintets made up in the same way (singer/guitarist, guitarist, bassist, keyboard vrituoso, drummer), they each have peronsalities reflected in their sounds that make them unique. Both bands really can play, which is certainly not something you see in a majority of the younger metal bands out there today. I must say, the addition of the cover of classic hair metal anthem "The Final Countdown" (originally done by Europe) adds an interesting touch to an already teriffic melodic death CD. COB fans, rejoice, this is not a clone, it is merely a close cousin, and an equally talented one at that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great METAL band, a UNIQUE and awsome debutant 4 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite cds that i have of death, speed metal, and i must tell you i was a fan of CHILDREN OF BODOM, still am but these guys soar on top, VERY VERY FAST and catchy guitar riffs, great rythem and awsome vocalist better than c.o.b i must say these guys are very talented for it being their debut album, they deserve a try and a risk for the $$$
i mean if you like C.O.B you will LOVE these guys, take a shot like i did, their awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great album Period!! 11 Feb 2008
By Nexus05 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This cd rocks, yes, what people say may be true about them sounding like children of bodom, yet to me norther seems less cheesier more serious sound. i would like to compare to kalmah, but even they are yet more rough.
all great bands i'll never take that away from any of them... but this norther album is my favorite along with the "death unlimited" simply awesome, pretty quick and flows well with the keyboard solos with guitar solos and rhythms as a whole and drums throughout the cd...keyboard playing is inmense i feel i like norther better than bodom in my opinion...kalmah is first though.
i love the story line this album follows too, all songs seem to connect and as you listen and understand the lyrics the music flows through you its just a great album oh and the voice is just as great too....perfect work. Try them out id start with this particular album and Death unlimited too you wont be dissapointed.............
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Simply amazing 9 Dec 2003
By Jippy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I never heard of these guys until a few days ago but I must admit, as a die hard Children Of Bodom fan, I automatically fell in love with this band. This album is the album I hoped the last Bodom album would sound like. I was sort of disappointed with HCDR but Norther have the same sound as Bodoms Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper. It would be to compare Soilwork to In Flames as Norther to Bodom. Any Bodom fan would really enjoy these guys.
Incredible CD! A must-own for any metal collection! 30 April 2014
By Brian - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great CD! Worth every penny! Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys metal! If you enjoy metal, you have to aggressively search to find the gems, as the radio plays the same old crap over and over, and while Sirius is much better, they hardly ever play most of the gems I've found by looking at metal label websites and metal magazine reviews online. Check-out some of the CDs that I have reviewed in my past, and I guarantee you will find something you may not have ever heard of! Stay metal and support our metal community! If you discover something you like on my past review list, click "yes" on where it says: "was this review helpful?"!
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