album review : March of the Norse (2011) – Demonaz

album : March of the Norse

artist : Demonaz

genre : Epic/Black Metal

year : 2011

Once Immortal, forever Immortal.

One of the founding members of a legendary black metal band Immortal, Demonaz Doom Occulta (he wasn’t Demonaz by birth, he was Harald), decides to make similar kind of songs with lyrical influences also not too original but calls the band by his own name. Immortal co-founder Abbath also joins hands and together they form Demonaz. Maybe because they think the world has had enough of Immortal or maybe because we did not enjoy All Shall Fall much. Truth remains that we have always sat through Immortal‘s albums with alert ears even though Abbath could rarely manage his vocals to not sound like Quorthon (Bathory).

Expanding that thought a little more there was another band named I that was formed in 2005 with an almost similar line-up, just that Demonaz only contributed lyrics to their album. Ok, enough of confusion. The crux is all of this began with Immortal in 1990. So, Demonaz and Abbath re-return with battles and mountains keeping their obsession with the north intact.

It had to be a Northern Hymn introducing project Demonaz to us. March of the Norse, as an album, is practically the same story and I am referring to both the bands – Immortal and I – although I find more traces of the latter one more here. I don’t like trying too hard when it comes to my music but here even that did not provide the results that I had set out to obtain. Track after track the only discrete feature is Demonaz‘s screeches and he sings clean pretty well at required places. There are vocals by Abbath too on the record. I’ll remember this album for A Son of the Sword, Under the Great Fires and Legends of Fire and Ice.

Although classified as epic black metal, there ain’t exactly anything epic about this music neither is it as black as you’d expect it to be. Let’s just settle with metal. This is metal like any other metal out there. It might sell because it has Demonaz‘s name but once the listeners have heard it (maybe twice) they’ll return to playing the albums by Immortal, I and then Demonaz. In that same order.

Rating : 2.5/5

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2 responses to “album review : March of the Norse (2011) – Demonaz

  • St Teresa

    The lyrical themes are similar because this guy writes all Immortal’s lyrics as well as, obviously, these. He’s kind of ‘the fourth member’ you never see (except in the ‘All Shall Fall’ video) because, aside from playing guitar which he had to stop playing for the band due to chronic tendonitis after the 3rd Immortal album, he’s always remained integral to their creative process. Hence the lyrical and stylistic similarities. It’s hardly the ‘original ex-member who sadly makes similar sounding music and lyrics to his old band’ type of picture you try to paint. That being the case, I hardly think that they would have collaborated on this due to assumptions that it was “because they think the world has had enough of Immortal or maybe because we did not enjoy All Shall Fall much”. If you were making an album, wouldn’t you want to do it with your best mates? Especially knowing that your best mates are shit hot at playing this kind of music? And so what if the trio of bands, Immortal, I and Deminaz’ output is heavily influenced by Bathory? Does anyone moan that EVERY heavy metal band is totally based on Black Sabbath’s template? Bathory’s understandably one of the most influential bands in metal ever and it’s not like the 3 bands in question here are to Bathory what Kingdom Come were to Les Zeppelin. In other words; it is a good thing to sound like you are heavily influenced by them. So answer that and stay fashionable in your ill-informed, synical-ironic stance. And if you don’t like trying too hard with your music then stop making glib uninformed statements all through your reviews unless you’ve at least enough interest do have done enough homework so that you know what you are talking about and maybe just stick to simpler and more immediately accessible power pop like The Foo Fighters or Weezer in the meantime. Until you’ve moved up to being qualified to talk about what you are trying to talk about, that is.

    • Itihas Shetty

      oh, you’re on fire! well, when I say I don’t like trying too hard with my music I mean that I don’t want to force myself to like an album even if it’s coming from members of Immortal. you know what I mean? anyways, the “Black Sabbath is the founder of metal” was a discussion my grandpa had with his pals so you’re late. I am not into The Foo Fighters nor Weezer but I never thought any music is ‘simple’ or ‘immediately accessible’. now I even have a narrow minded reader on my blog. wow, I’m going places.

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