Album Review : Northland - Downfall And Rebirth

In the beginning of this year Barcelona based Spanish Folk/melodic death metal sextet Northland released their sophomore effort entitled “Downfall and Rebirth” . Their latest effort sound  pleasant and perfect to start out 2015. This new album consist with eleven tracks including soaring Violin,flute,Piano works with beautiful presence.In before they had released their debut self titled album in 2010.They was formed in 2004 and releasing their demo from 2007.

I am really surprised that from first release this band continued their excellent performance and I’ll say they are evolving way more better with their each new release.When I first Unzip the rar file and started listening this whole album in high volume I was just overwhelmed and can’t resist myself from headbanging.After a multiple listen this whole album enthralled me by it’s chromatic, multi-layered ,overarching melodic death metal musical style laced with folk,celtic metal influence and obviously blew me away by it’s melodic,refreshing,rhythmic musical composition. This new album is triumphant sophisticated folk/melodic death metal.Appreciate each and every musicians unsurpassed quality,ability ,skill and virtuosic performance.They have endeavored fantastic effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it.Folk metal can create a wide variety of soundscapes. Northland was able to manage a beautiful and vast setting of the traditional flutes,violin through an amalgamation of melodic death metal laced with Celtic folk musical style. Despite the often melodic death metal assaults  with a slew segments of slower tempo too where Northland combines traditional folk/celtic music with enchanting melodic death metal soundscapes. I highly appreciate their distinct style and applaud this album.

well,this albums opening track is “When Nature Awakes”.This track starts with absolutely stunning,slow flute solo which drag you into another world followed by ethereal  sounds capes,consist with celtic harmony. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with unconventional instruments. In this album  instruments like Violin,Keyboards,flutes,Jaw Harp,bodhran add the celtic,folkish flavor to Northland’s melodic death metal musical style. Downfall and Rebirth is a concept album. They writing songs about mother nature rebelling against mankind.Appreciate their classic theme and epic concept. This album borrow the vibe of strong, powerful ,complete and  gorgeous atmosphere. Traditional folk instruments create a sort of equilibrium between Downfall and Rebirth’s beauty and ferocity.

This new album is filled with a slew of soaring, constantly shifting,melancholic, dazzling,shimmering, galloping, melodic riffs work. As well bass line up is chaotic,fast, groovy, heavy. Drumming,percussion line up is frantic,powerful ,consistent and pounding. In each track delicious, gorgeous, soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner with traditional folk music. The most striking thing you’ll notice about the sound of Northland is flute work,violin works ,traditional folk instrumental work,drumming lineups, excellent guitar artistry at the energetic melodies and extremely well symphonic,rhythmic swells. This whole album take you on such scenic journeys with their hymns.” Downfall And Rebirth” endures beauty of folk/melodic death metal.This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. Appreciate  their natural sounds .This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener. vocals low pitched screams ,rousing, howling ,immense voice and even some clean voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their fantastic,sophisticated,enchanting melodic death metal laced with classical nuances ,Celtic folk musical accompaniment  and embedded perfectly. All songs have an amazing guitar riffing progression that blends perfectly with violin,Keyboards and flute works together in sequence. overall u will get  marvelous ambient from this whole album. Each song have an energy that’s breathtaking in it’s fluency.Stand out tracks are all of them.I personally cherish When Nature Awakes,Bloodred Sunrise,Together We Die,Duskriders,Spirit in Darkness,Downfall and Rebirth,Moonlight Spell  tracks . “The Rite” instrumental track is fantastic too.On “Whispers in The Wind” track bass guitar work is impressive.mesmerizing chants on ” Moonlight Spell ” track is remarkable and finally “Downfall and Rebirth” track is astounding.This epic track opens up with incredible,exotic soundtrack of a fantasy movie .Album artwork is marvelous,majestic. overall “Downfall And Rebirth” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant,Precise. This album sounds so authentic.This album will give u unyielding awesomeness from beginning to the end. After listening this whole album will satiate u for sure. This whole album is well crafted,mind blowing and definitely worth a listen for all folk,melodic death metal fans.

My Rating : 4.3/5 - Review done by Souvik Basu.

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