11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2006
While not the first Black Metal album by a long shot, Immortal's Sons Of Northern Darkness is an excellent starting point for anyone intrested for it has all the key elements, the buzzing guitar riff's, blastbeats and lyric's about Grim and Frostbitten kingdoms. However it is also well produced and a lot more accessible than many other Black Metal albums which may seem a little too harsh for unaccustomed ears for instance Darkthrone and early Bathory albums (which you should no doubt purchase). Anyway Immortal's Sons Of Northern Darkness is a excellent collection of Black Metal which I thoroughly recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2004
One of my first black metal albums and still one of my favourites. This is the last album from Immortal which is a shame because their sound had gradually improved over the years and I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up. However for a final album this does the job, especially the final track 'Beyond the North Waves' which owes a lot to 'One Rode to Asa Bay' without ripping it off. Other favourites are the title track and 'In My Kingdom Cold'. Best thing about the album though is that its accessible to all metal fans, so if you want an introduction to black metal I'd suggest this (even though some would claim its not very black metal).
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2007
The first Immortal CD i bought was "at the heart of winter" which is a total classic also i may add. and after that i bought the others, and i now have heard or own all of their cds. but i wasnt ready for how [...] BRILLIANT this cd was going to be.
I primarily like heavy/thrash/power but i do have a soft spot for immortal and a select few other black bands. and when i popped this CD in, it was like a mix thrash heavy and black, and i was completley blown away. i was in love after the first listen.
every song is better than the previous. the only one i dont like is demonium, and its still okay... but doesnt really fit in with the rest of the CD
my fave tracks are "one by one, in my kingdom cold, antarctica, beyond the north waves and tyrants"
beyond the north waves is a musical journey, its one of the most fascinatingly atmospheric songs ive EVER heard...
this CD really is a buy or die my friends...
a future classic.. wait, its already a classic.
on 10 September 2011
After purchasing and loving All Shall Fall I wanted more Immortal! At the recommendation from a number of people and several reviews of others I finally purchased Sons Of Northern Darkness. I knew that One By One was a live favourite and hoped it would live up to my expectations and it certainly did. One By One is truly amazing as an album opener, a black metal track and a bonafide metal classic that WILL stand the test of time! And we're still on the first track of the album!!! Sons Of Northern Darkness just continued to blow me away with its icy melodic black metal. Tracks like Tyrants, In My Kingdom Cold, Antarctica and Beyond The Northern Waves are quite simply amazing! My personal favourites are Tyrants, with its slow tempo melodic mid section, and Antartica with its chilling polar wind/synthesizer intro giving way to bombastic rhythm and guitar harmonising.
The only negative (and its a minute negative) I have is that I find myself skipping Demonium and Within The Dark Mind to get to other tracks on the album as I simply like them more. Thats it. Nothing major to worry about.
I cannot praise this album enough! Not only has Sons Of Northern Darkness made me a massive Immortal fan it has changed my life. I know that sounds cheesey but it truly has! I knew little of black metal until I encountered Immortal! May they continue onwards for many years to come!
Just buy this metal masterpiece!
on 23 February 2014
I bought this as a download on a whim when Amazon told me I had MP3 credit due to expire, as it turns out this cheaper download was a better purchase than Autopsy's "Severed Survival", which I bought as a CD at a greater cost.
First of all, the guitar work sounds like black metal guitar, only it doesn't.
It has that cold raspy sound we know and love but does so without sounding like an angry wasp trapped in a shed, I find that kind of sound annoying and distracts me from the rest of the instruments, and with that absent, how well written the other instruments' parts are is just so clear and obvious. Abbath's "singing", is clearly his, he doesn't sound like a generic BM rasper from today's scene trying to sound like a first wave vocalist. I listened to this back to back at work with "At the Heart of Winter", and whilst I couldn't get enough of ATHOW when I bought it, to my great surprise "Sons of Northern Darkness" sounds even better!
on 21 February 2009
A classic album from the black metal legends Immortal. It has all the dark atmosphere of a black metal album without the poor production and the 'tinny' sound that most black metal albums have making it a good album to start with if you are just getting into black metal. There are some melodic and thrashy elements and some cool riffs. I really love this album and would reccomend it to any bm or thrash fan.
on 25 March 2011
amazing album back to front... perfect combination of black metal with hints of kreator style thrash, melodic but not too melodic.
Took a while to get to me though as I live in the UK and brought it from the US, and there was a minor scratch (not crack) on the front of the plastic case, but its not enough for me to be unhappy with it. I'm still yet to watch the bonus DVD though
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2002
Bleak,cold actually quite accesible<--- some adjectives to describe 'Sons of northern darkness.' this is a black metal album with a difference, they mix parts of theyre historic sound (pure holocaust) with such slower proto-black metal sounds of venom and bathory. Abbaths guitaring has never sounded so vile and clear since Beelzebub knows. also horgh's drumming is exelent, perfect timing and is at the same level as erik,
Immortal Start this album off With the whirlwhind that is 'one by one' with its furied drumming and truely necro guitar riffs.
'sons of northern darkness' is the next track and it is the shortest, it shows a side of immortal that shows their roots aswell as showig their individual sound off.
'tyrants' is my favorite track, it has a amazing beat, furious shredding, great double kick drumming and underlying keyboard parts that add to the coldness.
the album grows heavyer and the songs grow longer. the longer reacks are good but not great it meanders but finds itself with antartica and truely rocks the world with beyond the north waves.
put simply: a return to form from black metal godz
on 1 July 2015
The dark knights of the northern darkness rule..
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2004
This is one of the heaviest albums ever written. The sound is just huge. And every song is excellent - memorable. This almost scales the heights of albums like In the Nightside Eclipse and Wolfs Lair Abyss.