Genre: Black Metal
Country: Norway
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2018

Of course Demonaz doesn’t forget the first days of the band and the frozen aura of the dynamic riffs and the intense melodies that are dominating during the whole album. The references to their first albums are obvious (“Into Battle Ride” and “Grim and Dark”, at the changes of “Called to Ice” and of course at “Gates of Blashyrkh” and the Bathory-ish “Where Mountains Rise”). Clearly influenced by Quorthon compositionally more than anyone else, Demonaz at “Blacker of Worlds” and “Mighty Ravendark” (no connection with “Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)” of 1999 other than the notion) closes strongly and impressively the album and they convince you that we’re talking about the comeback of the year. The bass lines of Peter Tägtgren don’t give much extra, the power chords come and go with Horgh making the sound as hefty and full as possible with his blast beats, while a comparison with the self-titled album by Abbath has Northern Chaos Gods stand as a winner. The worst that can happen to an album is to be used as a background. Either a background to go with another activity by the listener, or a background of a talk at the radio or while you’re fixing something at your home, or even the musical rug that you hide the problems of your band’s members. Immortal didn’t suffer from their fans but did hide under the rug nine years ago, the conflicts between the legendary duo of Abbath – Demonaz. You already know how things went down from there and you don’t wanna listen to it again. Courts, lawsuits and catfights that don’t fit the philosophy of our music so…About the music now, the only thing that we care anyway, listening to Northern Chaos Gods is a justification of Demonaz and everyone that had missed his song writing. 1997-1998 is far away and a whole generation wasn’t there before the change of the band. When Abbath took the lead, and expanded their sound and horizons. During their first days, the band had time to create a heavy legacy of masterpieces of the genre, and when they made a turn due to Demonaz and his tendinitis, the audience embraced their new side and especially their technically fine At the Heart of Winter and the “heavy” Sons of a Northern Darkness (they were not that extreme in 2002’s album though). Now, we finally meet the black metal brother of March of the Norse (2011).

4,5/6