Released: 2011, Glorious North Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Nordland is a Black Metal project from the North East of England forming in 2011, with all vocals/music from only one man ‘Vorh’.
The album starts with a cold breezing sound, which gave me an instant chill with the sounds of howling wolfs and crows in the background, setting the atmosphere off perfectly from the start.
The album hasn’t the greatest production, but I have certainly heard worse and as black metal fans know, this isn’t a bad thing. There is rawness to this album with the tracks being truly captivating, with great energy flowing throughout each track with some tracks being harsher than others, but still all sounding unique from each other.
This album was originally self-released in 2011 and only available to a limited number of people, including close friends, afew labels and webzines but I’m pleased to see it being released again now via Glorious North Productions, as this is one guy who deserves some recognition.
With so many black metal releases coming out recently I can’t say this is the best I’ve heard, but considering it’s done by a one-man crusade gives it more respect and this is one album that will be appreciated by black metal fans who like their music dark, cold, raw but very atmospheric.
Despite some tracks showing a slower, deeper side to black metal, the lyrics are filled with hatred towards the world and of modern humanity with a love of silent, old forgotten places, which is pretty much everything I love, so I connected well to this album and it’s one that will make my personal collection.
Vorh’s vocals are great too, showing versatility, but keeping to the traditional black metal, demonic sounds, with some screams and growls thrown in for good measure!
A great find!
Review by Jo Blackened