NORDLAND “The Dead Stones”

NORDLAND
“The Dead Stones”
(Satanath Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I didn’t really reflect on it the last time I reviewed NORDLAND that the band name is actually albums by Bathory. I did have hopes that NORDLAND would carry the torch of Bathory but apparently they/he didn’t do so on the “European Paganism” album. I didn’t seem to mind too much the last time and I hope I won’t this time either. Something that hit me as I listened to this is how much it at times reminds me of latter day Satyricon. And I mean that in a positive way. This is one of those albums that aren’t that direct. Had I not given it a full listen I would have passed on it. The tempo is relatively slow and it isn’t brutal at all. But at the same time there is a vibe to this that creeps up on you like the mist in the night. I like what I hear. Anders Ekdahl

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