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Demonaz: March of the Norse

March of the Norse is the debut solo album from Demonaz, lyricist for black metal legends Immortal and also their guitarist until tendonitis forced him to step down from that position within the band in 1997. Now in 2011, he's put together a very fun Viking metal album and invited some longtime friends, Enslaved guitarist Ice Dale, and original Immortal drummer Armagedda, to help make it all happen. Demonaz crafts tales of the frozen wilderness and chilling winds, and adds his tortured vocals (a mix of black metal rasps and melodic clean passages) to these guitar heavy songs that bring to mind Bathory, Immortal, Amon Amarth, and Motorhead.

March of the Norse is certainly not a full blown black metal album by any means, though Demonaz comes closest to that on "Northern Hymn". Instead this is pretty melodic fare, musically closer to a traditional metal album, though it's hard not to get that Norwegian feel thanks to the lyrical themes and Ice Dale's excellent guitar work. It's impossible not to enjoy tracks like "Over the Mountain", "All Blackened Sky", and "Ode to Battle", as they are just so majestic and powerful, in addition to being perfectly executed.

Classy stuff indeed, March of the Norse is a real winner from a true legend of the Norwegian black metal scene, and this is a must hear CD for any Immortal fan.

Track Listing
1. Northern Hymn
2. All Blackened Sky
3. March Of The Norse
4. A Son Of The Sword
5. Where Gods Once Rode
6. Under The Great Fires
7. Over The Mountains
8. Ode To Battle
9. Legends Of Fire And Ice
10. Dying Sun (bonus track

Added: December 1st 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Artist MySpace page
Hits: 2030
Language: english

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