Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter LP (Clear/Blue vinyl)
At the Heart of Winter is commonly regarded as Immortal's peak, though Pure Holocaust and Sons of Northern Darkness are also worthy of this title. It was released in 1999, well after the black metal scene in Norway began to settle down. In some respects, the timing for this was perfect, as it fills a void between two productive eras for black metal. The prior album, Blizzard Beasts was the victim of stylistic and lineup based turmoils, with Abbath playing guitar alongside Demonaz, as well as the inclusion of the new drummer Horgh. It was a good album, but it seemed very rushed and it lacks mystique and identity. Within two years time, the band were able to recover dramatically from this, turning things back around. In short, this is the rebirth of Immortal.