Battles in the North

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Battles in the North
Battles In The North.jpg
Studio album by Immortal
Released
  • May 15, 1995
  • April 4, 2010 (Vinyl)
Recorded September 1994 at Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
Genre Black metal
Length 35:13
Label Osmose
Producer Eirik Hundvin and Immortal
Immortal chronology
Pure Holocaust
(1993)
Battles in the North
(1995)
Blizzard Beasts
(1997)

Battles in the North is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal band Immortal. It was released on May 15, 1995 through Osmose Productions. It picks up where its predecessor, Pure Holocaust, left off, featuring extreme tempos, lo-fi production, and lyrics about coldness or wintery landscapes. This is the first album where the concept of Blashyrkh becomes a central focus. The last album to feature Abbath on drums.

Background[edit]

The songs "Cursed Realms of the Winterdemons" and "Circling Above in Time Before Time" reference The Underdark, a setting from Dungeons and Dragons.[citation needed]

Music videos were made for "Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)" and "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms", the latter featuring Hellhammer on drums, who also became the band's touring drummer during this period.

Release[edit]

The album was issued in multiple formats, including the standard CD, a limited edition digipak, a limited edition digipak with embossed band logo and album title, cassette tape, a jewel case with slip cover, fold-out poster and bonus tracks taken from the Immortal EP (limited to 3000 copies), and a limited edition LP released under Osmose Productions (re-pressed six times over the years starting in 2005). The artwork on the limited slip cover CD is an original oil painting done by Jeroen van Valkenburg.

Reception[edit]

In 2009, IGN included Battles in the North in their "10 Great Black Metal Albums" list.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Demonaz; all music composed by Abbath and Demonaz.

No.TitleLength
1."Battles in the North"4:11
2."Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms"2:47
3."Descent Into Eminent Silence"3:10
4."Throned by Blackstorms"3:39
5."Moonrise Fields of Sorrow"2:24
6."Cursed Realms of the Winterdemons"3:59
7."At the Stormy Gates of Mist"3:00
8."Through the Halls of Eternity"3:35
9."Circling Above in Time Before Time"3:55
10."Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)"4:34
11."Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism" (slip cover version bonus track)0:42
12."Unholy Forces of Evil" (slip cover version bonus track)4:28
13."The Cold Winds of Funeral Frost" (slip cover version bonus track)3:40
Total length:44:04

Misprint[edit]

On some editions of this album, most notably on iTunes, many tracks are mislabelled. The songs play in the order shown above, but the song titles are given as follows:

  1. "Battles in the North"
  2. "At the Stormy Gates of Mist"
  3. "Through the Halls of Eternity"
  4. "Moonrise Fields of Sorrow"
  5. "Cursed Realms of the Winterdemons"
  6. "Throned by Blackstorms"
  7. "Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms"
  8. "Descent into Eminent Silence"
  9. "Circling Above in Time Before Time"
  10. "Blashyrkh (Mighty Ravendark)"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (6 January 2009). "10 Great Black Metal Albums – IGN". ign.com. Retrieved 20 November 2012.