|Review: Immortal - Blizzard Beasts|
Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 1997
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 4, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.05/5 (80.91%) (44 Votes)
This was Immortal's fourth album, though I hesitate to call a 28-minute album 'full-length'. After the lauding they got for Pure Holocaust and the lackluster response for Battles In The North, Immortal needed to show some growth to keep their momentum, and not just keep making the same album over again. Blizzard Beasts marks their move into a more melodic direction, which would culminate in the following At The Heart Of Winter. While that album gets all the good press, this one is still pretty good.
This gets called more Death Metal influenced than other Immortal albums, probably because of the heavier guitar tone, rather removed from the traditional BM sound on their older albums. There's a lot of blasting, and the songs are all pretty short. I'd rate this higher, as the music here is pretty good, but at the short length this is obviously an album just made to keep the name out there, and it does not hold up well against their more powerful later albums. If you have At The Heart Of Winter and Sons Of Northern Darkness already, then you have the good Immortal stuff, and this is just one for the completist. Pretty good, but kind of scanty.
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