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on 6 December 2008
Ahh, Norther... often ridiculed as a 'Children of Bodom cover-band' or hailed as Finland's finest... i've always been rather confused with why every some seems to go for one extreme or the other becuase, although i enjoy them, i do find them only slightly above-average.

You know, i'm probably a bit too hard on Norher, and i've realised perhaps it is not fair to compare them to other bands of this genre that i like more. In their own context, Norther are a good band that play Finnish-style melodic death metal (Children of who?) and are fairly similar to certain other bands from their homeland. Mirror of Madness has a good ear for melody throughout which is reflected in the leads and the keyboards and manage to keep the energy levels consistnely high for the duration of this little romp. Petri lindross may not have the most extreme set of lungs on the planet, but he does a good job of screaming his little heart out and it suits the music well. Overall, song structures are fairly simple and often predictable, but its still a damn good album to listen to and worth your time. they may not have the brutality, the technical prowess or the ethereal atmospherics of some of their peers, but it doesn't stop Norther from being a good band in their own right. Just not a great band in my humble opinion

I'm sorry Norther, i really wish i could like you more. try to think of it as a parent who's hard on their child only because they know they can do better...sometimes you're just too poppy and accessable for your own good!

Sure, i'd take 'Spectral' by Skyfire, 'Since the Day it all came Down' by Insomnium, 'Stained' by Imperanon, 'Swampsong' by Kalmah or 'An Epic Definace' by Detonation over this any day, but i'll still give Mirror of Madness a blast every once in a while. Norther fans will probably love this, and any looking to get into this style has found a good place to start
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on 22 January 2005
I first heard about norther somethime last year when i had no idea of the whole melodic death metal scene, i was instantly amazed by the blackhearted riff and although not hearing much of the song i raced down to the shop and bought it. I can honestly say to this day that it is one of the best albums i have ever bought even though my cd collection of these brilliant bands from finnland has grown significantly. I am now truly dedicated to the genre and believe it is the best type of music there is, amazing guitars, evil growling vocals and drums and keyboards that are out of this world. i reccomend anyone that likes music with melody or true virtuocity with instruments should buy this cd now.
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on 22 January 2005
I first heard about norther sometime last year when i had no idea of the whole melodic death metal scene, i was instantly amazed by the blackhearted riff and although not hearing much of the song i raced down to the shop and bought it. I can honestly say to this day that it is one of the best albums i have ever bought even though my cd collection of these brilliant bands from finnland has grown significantly. I am now truly dedicated to the genre and believe it is the best type of music there is, amazing guitars, evil growling vocals and drums and keyboards that are out of this world. i reccomend anyone that likes music with melody or true virtuocity to buy this cd now.
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on 25 October 2003
Staight to the point: take Children of Bodom, add the trademark keyboard atmospherics of Germany's awsome Dark Age, and if you know your music and are into the genre, you'll be wetting yourself right about now...
No fillers here; every song is perfectly crafted and irresistably listenable. Right from the out, with impressive opener "Blackhearted", the guitar work is tight and the keyboard effects add that oh so important ingredient that makes melodic black metal so appealing.
Oh, and there's a cover of the Offsping's "Smash" as a bonus track... interesting!
I'll be keeping this one in my cd player for some time.
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