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Immortal - Blizzard Beasts LP (Silver/Blue Splatter vinyl)

€17.90

Though this isn’t the obscure yet magical classic that “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” was, or the triumphant blackened thrash homage to Northland glory that “At The Heart Of Winter” was, this is not something worthy of the shelf. It is a testament to the abilities of former guitarist Demonaz, whose maniacal riffs could induce tendonitis in most mortal men, and are now unfortunately beyond his own physical capabilities. Although there isn’t really such a thing as an Immortal album unworthy of purchase, this holds its place high in the band’s catalog and deserves a wider audience. It’s brutal and evil sounding enough to stand face to face with the likes of Suffocation and Cryptopsy, but it also carries the multifaceted characteristics of melodic beauty, structural coherence, and lyrical intelligibility that make black metal a unique art form within extreme music. The word essential does not do justice to the true nature of this grand, albeit transitional opus.