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Mirror of Madness Import

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  • Audio CD (20 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • ASIN: B00009XBXD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9368f564) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934a90f0) out of 5 stars Truely out of this world 30 Sept. 2003
By Matt Stoessel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD definetely has to be one of VERY few CDs in my opinion and collection that gets around 6,000 stars. I just can't find anything wrong with it! One thing that might catch you from the beginning is having a bonus video clip for the title track. It's got a great barren/icy/tundra Finnish atmosphere, but clips like "Kiss of Judas" and "Glory to the Brave" showcase acting where this video just shows the band playing.

Many of you might be wondering just how much you'll love this album because you love Children of Bodom but can't figure out what they do that sounds like Children of Bodom. For starters, you'll think Alexi is on vocals - this guy sounds that much like C.o.B.'s main singer. However, this BEATS Children of Bodom in my opinion. Their new CD is thrashy and too heavy. Also, Alexi sounds more like a hardcore vocalist too often. Back on Follow the Reaper, Children of Bodom was a great death power band. Combine the style of older Children of Bodom keyboards with normal death metal music and you should get Norther. Anyone heard of Skyfire? They also fit into this equation of keyboard-death metal. You should find the music to be not too heavy, nor guitar driven. You won't hear Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, or Amon Amarth at all. This is completely melodic - no hardcore. For the most part, if Children of Bodom is your favorite band for that reason, then Norther is bound to be your new at least second favorite.

The biggest way Norther sounds like Children of Bodom is that this is mainly power metal (Sinergy comes to mind here) with OUTSTANDING keyboards and a death vocalist. Also, the guitarring that is here is very melodic. The bass isn't that bone-crunching heavy, which can be a turn-off with the aforementioned bands (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, and Amon Amarth). Those bands also don't put keyboards to full use, thus showing lagging composition skills in comparison with Norther. The overall speed of the CD is much like Children of Bodom's new CD, Hate Crew Deathroll.

Onto the cover art. It should set the stage for an arctic feeling, right? Well, it does! So imagine combining Sonata Artica's capabilities (I can't say to combine HOW Sonata Artica does it) with, again, Children of Bodom, and you arrive at the new wonder, Norther.

On their previous (and first) album, Norther covered Europe's, Final Countdown. (I incorrectly originally posted that Final Countdown was featured in one of the Rocky movies. Apparently, I'm not the only one who made that mistake.)

Do me a favor: Did this review help you? If so, say so! Also, I've been reviewing albums a lot lately, so check out some of my other ones.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934a933c) out of 5 stars Great melodic death metal 9 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finland definately has some great bands that comes out from its fridgid temperatures yearly. Amorphis, Children of Bodom, Sentenced, Kalmah, are just a few. However, when I purchased Norther's Mirror of Madness, I found yet another great album and band from Finland.
Now, I should get this out of the way first and foremost before going on. Norther does sound like Children of Bodom on Bodom's album Follow the Reaper, but only in two aspects. Number one, the vocals. The vocals definately sound like Alexi Laiho, I mean, almost indestinguishable. Not that this is a bad thing, but people could get confused if they don't know who Bodom is to begin with. Like COB, Norther uses a dual guitar attack with melodic and harmonizing keyboards. Unlike Children of Bodom however, Norther uses their keyboards more as a seperate independent entity, meaning the keyboards are more in the background then in Children of Bodom, who uses their keyboards heavily to influence the guitars, especially the leads. Norther uses the keyboards not to necessarily flow with the guitars, but to compliment them in certain fills, and to be used as a completely seperate instrument.
As I mentioned eariler, vocalist Petri Lindroos sounds almost exactly like Alexi. However, he also plays lead guitar, like Alexi...but hes an excellent guitarist with some blazing solos on this album. Now even though he even looks like Alexi, could probably pass as his long lost brother, right down to the black painted finger nails, this is only a very eerie thing I am pointing out to anyone who watches the bonus video that comes on the USA version.
Now the music itself. Norther's music is much more mid tempo and mid paced then bands like Kalmah and Children of Bodom. Where as Kalmah is more black metal, and Bodom is much more fast paced thrash, Norther goes inbetween and blends very nicely, a mixture of mid paced, melodic thrash black metal. The guitars, like a lot of Finland bands, sounds like there is a lot of chorus or reverb on them to give them that special "Finland" sound. Even though some of the songs on this album are mid paced, Norther does pick it up pretty damn fast in songs such as "Blackhearted" and the title track "Mirror of Madness". The bass on this album is heavy hitting, with some impressive lines that compliment the hammering drums nicely.
The one thing that makes Norther stand above Children of Bodom are the lyrics. Where as Children of Bodom's lyrics are very short, not seemingly to be well thought out, and just thrown onto an album as an after thought, Norther's lyrics are much more in depth, and more well written.
Is Norther better then Children of Bodom? In my opinion no, but they sound great anyway and I look forward to many more releases from this band.
Memorable Tracks: Blackhearted, Unleash Hell, Mirror of Madness
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934a96cc) out of 5 stars Only Through The Celestial Mirror 27 April 2006
By OzzyApu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a very harsh beginning, Norther was finally able to reach a standing debut entitled -Dreams Of Endless War-. It was a rounding success, but Norther was acclaimed as Children Of Bodom rip-offs or sound-alikes. To me, Norther has their own uniqueness that separates them totally from what Children Of Bodom offer. First of all, COB shred fast with blazing solos and chugging riffs that pound the living daylights out of the listener, while atop Alexi's one and only vocals. Norther however, takes a more melodic approach with less speed and more dynamics, while atop vocals that are shy of Alexi's. One thing for sure, these guys are almost unheard on an international level, although since their latest one they have been garnering attention in Europe and Japan, rather than just Finland.

"Blackhearted" and "Betrayed" are almost identical in riffs, but their tunes separate with the fast rhythm and keys. "Cry" is my second favorite, chugs with a great riff and chorus. The two highlights are the keyboard solo, which is beautiful and majestic in all aspects, and the guitar solo, which by no means breaks any new grounds, but is extremely catchy and fun. "Dead" is entirely slow and begins with a riff similar to In Flames' "Bullet Ride". The break is the keyboard turn and the guitar solo in the middle.

My favorite comes last with the title track, "Mirror Of Madness". This was their only video from this album for a good reason. A very frosty riff and guitar backdrop linger behind Petri's pissed off vocals. The guitar solos in this are very exquisite and fast. The album ends with the track playing one of the best endings, with fast shredding and a lasting tune after the words "Forever Gone!"

Whether you are Thrash, Death, Black, or Power, any Metal fan would not be content without this record in his or her library. Yes, it is worth it to get the version that has bonus tracks, as those tracks have signature tunes to them as well. Nine tracks of devotion, emotion, and pure Metal from one of Finland's finest.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934a98dc) out of 5 stars excellent melodic death 13 May 2006
By Ms. C. A. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to buying an album in the death metal catergory I always look for melodeath and clear strutured melodic riffs. I found all I wanted in this album. I was not disappointed at all as it was definitely an album that "caught my ear" as you might say. This is definitely a striking album well worth buying, which is what I am pleased about. The melodies combined within the music fit perfectly and are structured so uniqely. Mirror of Madness is one of my favourite songs here because it is so different in parts,almost epic. Unleash Hell, just from that powerful beginning gets my heart thudding.However this is not some of their heavy stuff , it is certainly amongst the most blatantly melodic and admirable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934a9a38) out of 5 stars Great if you're looking for a melodic onslaught 26 Nov. 2005
By Bodom86 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, like many others have said, Norther does sound like Children of Bodom in many ways, but they do have their own sound, it just doesn't jump out at you right away. But if you listen closely and more than once, you will find that Norther is not a "Bodom ripoff" as some have said. The keyboards are used for more than just dueling solos and the guitars are not tuned down on this album, as opposed to COB who does tune lower. There is a lot of melodic riffing and soloing, with some very harsh vocals to boot. Petri Lindroos is a strong vocalist in the vein of Alexi Laiho, but again, with a few listens, you'll be able to distinguish his voice from Alexi's. Overall, a good listen and worth your money - I still prefer Children of Bodom over this band, but that doesn't take away from the skill that this Finnish band has. Check 'em out.
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