Style: Melodic Death Metal
Lyrics: Darkness, Sadness, Death, un-Love…
Origin: Suomi Finland
Petri ‘Pete’ Lindroos – Harsh Vocals, Guitar (1996-) (Ensiferum)
Kristian ‘Kride’ Ranta – Guitar, Clean Vocals (2000-) (Gashouse Garden)
Jukka Koskinen – Bass (2000-) (Wintersun)
Tuomas Planman – Keyboards (2000-)
Heikki ‘Kermis’ Saari – Drums (2005-)
Norther has really good lyrics
01. Norther – Nightfall (0:44)
02. Norther – Deep Inside (3:25)
03. Norther – Death Unlimited (4:38)
04. Norther – Chasm (4:16)
05. Norther – Vain (4:34)
06. Norther – A Fallen Star (5:30)
07. Norther – The Cure (4:43)
08. Norther – Day of Redemption (6:34)
09. Norther – Beneath (2:23)
10. Norther – Hollow (3:51)
11. Norther – Nothing (5:57)
12. Norther – Going nowhere (4:22)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent death metal,
This album sounds great, especially at full blast. ‘Death Unlimited’ is much heavier than Northers previous album ‘Mirror of Madness’. The guitar work is much more intense this time (riffs, solos, even bass). Norther sounds like they are trying to kick some @ss on this CD. Keyboards are still around and complement the music very well to give the cool melodic feel. Although the ‘Mirror of Madness’ CD had some excellent songs, some sounded kinda cheesy maybe due to the production. The songwriting on ‘Death Unlimitied’ is much improved, although heavier. This is one of those albums that makes you want to play air guitar (nothing wrong with that).
5.0 out of 5 stars Caiman does not have this title in stock….,
This is a great CD from these death metal kings. To all people who are looking to purchase this CD, I must tell you that Caiman does not have this in stock. I ordered it from them one month ago and still haven’t received it. When I contacted them, they said it was on backorder and then the very next day, they relisted it. So, if you really want this CD, I wouldn’t order it from them because you will never get it. Just a warning so as not to waste your time…
5.0 out of 5 stars An album not to be without!,
Norther released this album 7 months after what I consider their magnum opus, Mirror of Madness (an album I reviewed in September 2003). Back in those days, many bands gave us albums that sounded very much like the first 3 Children of Bodom albums, such as Norther, Skyfire, Imperanon, Mors Principium Est, and even Blood Stain Child out of Japan. I call this style “melodic death power metal” – melodic death metal bearing no resemblance whatsoever to the Gothenburg sound ala At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, etc. but rather cleanly-produced power metal with death vocals and angry lyrics.
Norther released two albums in this “melodic death power metal” before this album. Dreams of Endless War and Mirror of Madness are two of the finest examples of this “melodic death power metal” I’ve ever heard. Keyboards are once again plentiful in every song (as on the first two albums), but this is the last time we hear such before the Solution 7 EP.
I love Death Unlimited. It was the last full-length album to be mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios and the first to feature the extraordinary increase in heaviness of the guitars, often to the point of sounding thrashy. In short, I have viewed this as a bridge album ever since Till Death Unites Us in 2006. Petris vocals begin to switch from the Alexi-like scream-growls to straight-up screaming, but not without the occasional chant (which is new to this album). I strongly feel that, more so than on any other album, Norther here provides the most diverse collection of songs. I won’t go in to a song-by-song review, but I will categorize the songs briefly:
single/video: 3 – Death Unlimited
very fast songs: 2 – Deep Inside; 3 – Death Unlimited; 12 – Going Nowhere
slow songs: 8 – Day of Redemption; 11 – Nothing
intros/interludes: 1 – Nightfall; 9 – Beneath
Only tracks 4-7 and Hollow are left not fitting into one of the above categories, and boy do they ever stand out! Like, for example, Stratovariuss Destiny, Norther keeps the listener guessing as to what on earth the next song will bring. Norther switches from one speed to the next at the snap of a finger. Listening to this album start-to-finish is one exciting roller-coaster ride.
The 1-2 combo of Deep Inside and Death Unlimited show you that Norther are here to leave the inferiors crying for their mommies and the lovers wanting to thrust horns till their hearts content. But what separates this album from others is whats in between most songs’ second chorus and third chorus. Norther shines above others here. In these two openers, its simple: blazing guitar solos. But in Chasm, its a bone-chilling low-tone piano+keyboard rhythm solo that’ll give even symphonic black metal bands goosebumps. A Fallen Star ends with a minute of just keyboards. The Cure has a rather groovy chorus to complement otherwise uptempo riffs. Then there’s Hollow which gets super bass heavy and resorts to death chants like those found on Children of Bodom’s Hate Crew Deathroll (title track) along with those low-pitched keyboards (are you familiar with Mors Principium Ests song Into Illusion?) that show you what Norther is really (or was) all about. And then we get Going Nowhere to remind us that Norther can always just pummel us in the face with roaring speed (as if the listener could possibly forget the light-speed assault of the first two songs).
I cannot emphasize enough how much I would like to draw attention to Day of Redemption and Nothing. These songs come at the end of the album, are each 6 minutes, and are like nothing else I have heard from Norther. They are lyrically enticing in a way that demands the listener to search for past experiences so he can identify with the song (like a Gothic rock/metal song might; alert to all Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum/Eternal Tears of Sorrow fans), and just when Northers got you, you’ll get the Day of Redemption 2:42 atmo-keyboard/rhythm guitar solo to let you dwindle on your past failures or a repeated riff in Nothing to remind you that you’re bound to continue on the path of loss that you’ve been on. Day of Redemption also features a piano solo 2/3 of the way through the song. Importantly, these two songs are +very+ different from one another; I never feel like I’m hearing even close to the same song twice. My only gripe about these two songs (and possibly the whole album) is that the central riff on Nothing is heard one too many times. Then again, one could argue that its purpose is only served by being heard so many times, like the repetition we hear in Darkthrone-influenced bands or Hammerheart-inspired Viking metal.
(A friend of mine who went to Wacken 2007 saw Northers set and I remember him saying that he was particularly amazed during the performance of their closing number, Death Unlimited. I also recall him saying that Norther performing live easily slays a performance by Children of Bodom, and he had seen bodom two or three times at that time. I’ve never seen Norther live, but would +love+ to.)
The Tornado of Souls cover is one of the better covers of a Megadeth song I’ve heard; Norther puts the famous Finnish spice into it. This album is also Northers last last to feature a [explosive!!] title track.
This would make a great first melodic death metal album. This would make a great addition to any metal collection. This should be shoved down the throats of anyone who steps foot in a HotTopic store. Okay maybe I’m going over the top. But I think you get my point – buy this @#$% album before you get hunted down for not having heard it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Northers Best,
Norther was at the top of their game when this album came out. The title song (Death Unlimited) is arguably one of their best songs. If you want a good album to introduce you to Norther, let this be it. I feel they put a lot of time and emotion, force, and strength into this album. There is a slight problem, however. This album was written to a black disk (the shiny side is black), and it doesn’t play in older computers or CD players. It does look cool, though.
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR FANS OF NORTHER FINNISH METAL,
IF YOU LIKE NORTHER THIS IS A MUST IF YOU LIKE FINNISH METAL THIS IS A MUST IF YOU LIKE METAL THIS IS A MUST ENOUGH SAID….Vittu Perkele