• IMMORTAL - Sons Of Northern Darkness LP + Single Sided MLP
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By late 2001, Immortal had released six scorching albums and undergone several sonic and compositional transformations. As they gathered their tools and weapons to start preparing their seventh album, they were agitated and battle-scarred, but fully prepared or one massive final onslaught before taking a lengthy and overdue break. That strategic barrage came with Sons of Northern Darkness, which Immortal released on February 4, 2002.
Despite Immortal's pedigree as one of the founding bands behind True Norwegian Back Metal, Sons of Northern Darkness is by no means an orthodox black metal album. That's not surprising considering Immortal have never been much for black metal orthodoxy. While the band's first few offerings were stereotypically harsh and lo-fi like their Norwegian peers, only the band's first album, Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, dealt explicitly with typical black metal themes like Satanism and the occult. Beginning with their second album Pure Holocaust, Immortal started moving toward the fixation on grim, frostbitten wastelands and fantasy worlds they're known for today. Stylistically, Immortal also became more melodic with each new album and began incorporating elements of death metal and thrash into their songs beginning with 1997's Blizzard Beasts. Sons of Northern Darkness is the culmination of all these innovations.