IMMORTAL — At the Heart of Winter (review)

IMMORTAL — At the Heart of Winter album cover Album · 1999 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Warthur
Demonaz was forced to step back from a performing role due to the onset of tendonitis after Blizzard Beasts - though he's still considered a full member of the band and is essentially their lyricist and manager - prompting a sonic transformation that's almost as radical as the shift into blackened death metal on Blizzard Beasts was. Here, the band inject a hefty influence from thrash metal into their style, creating a hybrid style of blackened thrash which combines complex riffs reminiscent of the Big Four with the blast beats and shrieked vocals of black metal.

And most importantly, Abbath proves himself more than capable of filling the vacant lead guitarist spot. Considering how close the working relationship between Abbath and Demonaz was (and still is), losing Demonaz as a performer must have presented a real crisis for Immortal's continued survival as a band; in At the Heart of Winter, they not only survive, they thrive.
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