Demonaz Doom Occulta has been a prominent member of the Norweigan black-metal band Immortal since it’s formation in 1990. In 1997, Demonaz had stopped playing guitar live due to arm problems. Although his fate in the band was challenged, he continued to remain involved with Immortal. Ever since then he continued to write lyrics on every Immortal album and in return he is acknowledged as a legend amongst the fans. Well the time has come for Demonaz to unleash “March Of The Norse”, a black-metal album scheduled to release on May 17th, 2011.
“March Of The Norse” is an excellent black-metal album that the late Quorthon from legendary black-metal band Bathory would nod gracefully to. The album is filled with technical guitar riffs that remind you of Immortal’s “Sons Of Northern Darkness” and “All Shall Fall” but adds a little more atmosphere thanks to Ice Dale, the guitarist from viking black-metal band Enslaved. Also, get yourself ready to hear some merciless drumming from Armagedda, one of the founding fathers of “Immortal” and current drummer of Abbath’s side-project “I”.
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The album is a definitive black-metal classic. It glides in with “Northern Hymn” and jumps straight into the second track “All Blackened Sky”, a remorseless song that’s about ancient pride under the northern sky. The song is powerful and well structured. “March Of The Norse” continues to satisfy the ear with the self-titled track, which is filled with atmosphere and continues to add depth to this enchanting epic album. It only continues to evolve with the song “A Son Of The Sword”. Powerful lyrics come as no surprise to anyone who is aware of the lyrical monster that is Demonaz and the deep, dark, meaningful lyrics that are present in this track are some his finest as it speaks to northern pride and the honor of noble ancestry. “March Of The Norse” continues to pay tribute to the kings of yesteryear and the mountainous atmosphere of Norway with tracks like “Where Gods Once Rode”, “Under The Great Fires”, “Over The Mountains”, and the final track entitled “Legends Of Fire And Ice”
The overall production of this album is great and will be generally accepted as an astounding black-metal album by fans old and new alike. Demonaz has proved once again that he has what it takes to deliver another black-metal classic.