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on 8 September 2004
I dont really understand why people are giving bad reviews because of the production of the album. Its a given that when listening early black metal the production is not as good as the later stuff. The fact the music works despite the production says alot for the quality of the song writing on here and you could even argue the harsh production adds to the songs...the sounds complimenting the battles during blizards type images found in the lyrics and bringing them alive in a vivid way.
That said, partly because of the production and partly because this is alot heavier and faster than later releases I would suggest that if people want to get their first Immortal album go for one of the later ones like At the Heart of Winter, as they are easier to get into for casual metal fans.
If however you are into your black metal and know what to expect then I cant stress enough what a good album this is. Its one of the all time greatest black metal albums by one of the genres best bands.
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on 24 December 2001
From the outset this album is pure aggression.The songs are more intricate, the guitars are more precise, and the lyrics are better, and deeper.

You cannot get a harder start for an album, not only does this continue on to the end of the album, but you also see the progression from their last album - Pure Holocaust.
And the last song Blashryk - Mighty Ravendark is just brilliant.They slow the song down to bring a suffocating air to the song. This also gives the band a whole other feel, a much 'deeper' and personal feel.
To give a point -abbath - who took over the drumming from Eric, on the last album, had to slow down for his next album, as the bones in his arms were starting to give up.
This is definatley their best album to date, though At the heart of winter comes pretty close.
If you are thinking of getting any Immortal album buy this.
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on 29 May 2003
Battles in the North has been one of my favourite recordings for a few years now. When I first heard it I was absolutely blown away. What amazed me most was that there is a lot more to each of the tracks than just thrashing out a few chords and screaming over the top - there is a massive amount of depth here. You have to relax and let it take you over. Chord changes happen so quickly that they become melodies in themselves. There is just an amazing amount of emotional and spiritual energy coming through in this music. This is the good stuff and it's beautiful.
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on 11 December 2000
One of the most surprising Black metal releases of all time. Battles In the North has the shortes balck metal somngs I have ever heard. The intensity of the instruments on this are amazing! The drums are completely mental, curtosy of Abbath, and his vocals are again cold. The speed of the riffs is so fast that some respite is really needed, and on tracks like Blashyrkh, you really get the chill down the spine on some of these. There's even a solo by Abbath on this one.
If you ever buy anything from Immortal, you'll be happy, but this is the best.
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on 10 January 2004
This is a good example of the better material of the nordic black metal scene. Its a short, intense maelstrom of an album, brutal as an avalanche from start to finish. The production sound is a little rough, as most of the genre favours, but not so bad as to spoil it for what it is.
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on 22 July 2001
Battles in the north was on first listen a major disappointment. I say this because the production of the recordings are poor and low quality. The guitar sounds very muffled and unclear, which did not enable me to enjoy a recommended band. In contrast bands such as Emperor have excellent recordings where all parts of the song are clearly audible and discernible from each other. On a further listen to the battles in the north cd, I realised that this band have attempted to aim for complexity and technique in their playing style and in the process forgot to write songs!!
Again bands such as Emperor and Cradle of filth marry technical precision and exemplary songwriting ability. In future I would recommend borrowing an Immortal recording from a friend before shelling out on any recordings of theirs.
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