8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2001
This album is absolutly great and cant help but appeal to anyone with a fondness for black metal. It may well have a rather ropey production by todays standards but this just adds to the overall rawness. From first track "Unsilent storms in the north abyss" all the way through to the end of the album the music is totally uncompromising, hellishly fast and wonderfully evil sounding. Icy cold harsh riffs,a hailstorm of drums,and Abbath's sneering demonic vocals. My personal favourite song on this album is "The sun no longer rises," a malevolent classic.
It's not an album that will appeal to the average metal fan, even people who are into the more recent releases from Cradle of Filth,or Dimmu Borgir may find this particular ebony pill a litle hard to swallow as it has more in common with vintage metal like Bathory and Celtic frost. However I will urge you to give it a try as the qualiy of the songs and the savagery of the delivery (should that be devilry???) cannot be faulted.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2000
Another fine release from Immortal. After the relatively mid-paced black metal of Diabolical FUllmoon Mysticism, Pure Holocaust is exactly that! The super fast black metal of Immortal started with this, but it was Battles In the North that really took them to the next level. The songs on here are really good. Even though Erik is meant to be the drummer for this, it was actually Abbath that did the drums. He managed to creats an excellent style which is used a lot for black metal, and is really good for the music.
Somngs like The Unsilent Storms in The North Abyss, A sign For The Norse Hoardes To Ride, The Sun No Longer Rises, Pure Holocaust, and Riding Through Red Clouds And Holocaustwinds set the scene for all future immortal releases, by bieng excellent. Again the production is cold, and this really gives the lyrics a good basis.
Another essential purchase!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2006
This is one of the most essential Black Metal albums. It's a whirlwind of violent, aggressive riffs, drums, and BM vocals creating an unreal atmosphere that transports you to a horrifying world. Unsilent Storms sets the unbelievable pace for most of the album with some amazingly evil riffing from a band that truly understood their genre. The near-relentless speed is occasionally varied keeping things interesting, and slowed down to more epic pace for Eternity Opens.
Never has an album title been so descriptive of its content. It's only around 33 minutes but the length suits the material - beyond that it might get a bit much! Immortal have become one of the legendary Black Metal bands and this is the best album to start with, unless you prefer slower BM, in which case you might like to try Sons of Northern Darkness, their brilliant final (at time of writing) album.