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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
A two-album saga based upon Norse mythology, the first chapter of Bathory's Nordland frankly comes off as somewhat less accomplished and, well, immense in scope compared to similar epic works conjured in recent years by new groups such as Edge of Sanity and Green Carnation. But before we drive a stake through Bathory main man Seth Quorthon's black heart, let's get some perspective here. Like many masters of old, Bathory's music derives from an altogether different place and time, and, lest we forget, taking a template and improving upon it is usually far easier than creating the template from scratch in the first place. Therefore, much like Venom, who saw their thrash...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
A two-album saga based upon Norse mythology, the first chapter of Bathory's Nordland frankly comes off as somewhat less accomplished and, well, immense in scope compared to similar epic works conjured in recent years by new groups such as Edge of Sanity and Green Carnation. But before we drive a stake through Bathory main man Seth Quorthon's black heart, let's get some perspective here. Like many masters of old, Bathory's music derives from an altogether different place and time, and, lest we forget, taking a template and improving upon it is usually far easier than creating the template from scratch in the first place. Therefore, much like Venom, who saw their thrash metal sketches developed to an entirely different level of musical mastery and compositional depth by the likes of Metallica and Slayer, so do Bathory's once groundbreaking black metal overtures often seem elementary when compared to those of his dedicated former students -- now competitors. Such is the fate of true pioneers, but you can bet the fjord that many of these 'followers' will pass into memory long before Quorthon puts away his blackened boots. Having said all that, the first installment of Nordland manages to blend grand symphonic metal schematics with Quorthon's still quite noticeable New Wave of British Heavy Metal influences. Therefore, epic examples of modern black metal such as "Vinterblot" and the nine-minute title track share the spotlight with the refreshingly straightforward arrangements and staccato riffing of "Great Hall Awaits a Fallen Brother" and the thrash-happy "Broken Sword." With its folky acoustic guitars, "Ring of Gold" is also pulled off quite convincingly, and the opening riff of "Dragon's Breath" is a stone-cold classic; but the not-quite-effective operatic tones heard on "Foreverdark Woods" also remind us of Quorthon's limited vocal range. Still, Nordland I's many superlatives easily outshine its deficiencies, heightening anticipation for what's to come on Nordland II.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Black Mark Germany
  • UPC: 602276061824
  • Catalog Number: 66618
  • Sales rank: 55,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (2:34)
  2. 2 Nordland (9:20)
  3. 3 Vinterblot (5:17)
  4. 4 Dragon's Breath (6:45)
  5. 5 Ring of Gold (5:34)
  6. 6 Foreverdark Woods (8:06)
  7. 7 Broken Sword (5:34)
  8. 8 Great Hall Awaits a Fallen Brother (8:16)
  9. 9 Mother Earth Father Thunder (5:37)
  10. 10 Heimfard (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bathory Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Alexander Scriabin Composer
Boss Producer
Chris Camozzi Composer
Quorthon Composer, Producer
Kristian Wahlin Artwork
Boss Producer
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