Immortal
Pure Holocaust


4.0
excellent

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 109 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Immortal, formed in 1990 are one of the original black metal bands. This, 'Pure Holocaust' is their second full length release, released in 1993 on Osmose productions. This is probably their most raw, grim album to date. Immortal split up in 2003, after seven full length albums.
The lineup for this album...

Abbath - Vocals, Bass, Drums
Demonaz - Guitars

*In the booklet Erik "Grim" Brodreskift is credited with the drums, he commited suicide before recording so the drums were actually recorded by Abbath.

The album starts off Unsilent Storms in the North Abyss, immediately coming at you with blasting drums and ripping guitars. This song really gets the raw atmosphere going on this album.
A Sign for the Norse Hordes to Ride continues this atmosphere with some good guitar work, and good drumming. Some good raw black metal here. This leads into Sun No Longer Rises, this song has some good riffage, this song includes the first part on the album where the music begins to slow down a little, the music is slow, but powerful, not to a doom metal level, but it's considerably slow compared to the rest of the album. The song picks up a little towards the end, this is one my favorite songs on the album.
Frozen By Icewinds picks the album back to the normal speed, this song is more or less defined by it's drumming. A solid track, nothing special here, other than some good tremelo picking. The album then picks up speed with Storming Through Red Clouds And Holocaustwinds, raw, fast black metal here. Excellent vocals here. For this song, think Darkthrone with better drumming, better vocals, better guitar work and faster. Good stuff here. Keeping the intensity up, Eternal Years On The Path To The Cemetary Gates starts with some good tremelo picking, which is then drowned out by the drumming. This song switches between slower riffs and faster riffs very well. Solid track.
As The Eternity Opens starts off with a nice riff with the arrangement of a melodic death song gone black metal, the song evolves throughout into more and more black metal. One of my favorite tracks on the album, good stuff here.
The last track, Pure Holocaust fades in, the music here is fast and agrressive. Shifting between slow and fast tremelo picking before going into all out agressive mode. The song fades out, ending the album. This is my favorite track on the album.

This album gets a 4/5 (though it's a 5/5 for any Black metal enthusiast). This CD is full of fast and agressive riffs while still being able to shift to slower, more powerful riffs. Good solid album, though if you're into black metal, this is an essential.



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LordDargon
January 21st 2005


165 Comments


This album is great, it's very consistent. No stinkers. It would probably be good to get someone into raw black metal with too.

5/5

Shadows
Moderator
January 24th 2005


2530 Comments


Nice work. I have two Immortal albums (Sons of northern Darkness, At the Heart of Winter) and I've been meaning to look into this.

w00t black metal pwns

IbanezAbuser
May 28th 2005


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

anybody that are black metal fans ... real black metal fans not dimmu or cradle obsessed people... probably feels this album along with emperors debut and possibly second along with the first few darkthrone and bathory and burzum knows this album along with diabolical and battles in the north are essential of the raw grim evil black cd's even though immortal and emperor dont end their careers in this level of it they still keep their thrones as black metal gods and thats just the bottom like IMMORTAL ARE BLACK METAL GODS! end of story

Aakon_Keetreh
October 17th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great cd, i love it 5/5This Message Edited On 12.28.05

the2stranger
January 23rd 2006


130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is IMO the best Immortal album
Just awesome, nice cold and raw atmosphere..
just as good BM sould be

canadapantsman
March 5th 2006


236 Comments


What ive heard of Immortal, i didnt like, tho ill check this album. But maybe its because I like Dimmu Borgir and therefore dont have musical taste or something.

Riva
March 5th 2006


61 Comments


This was the album where I think they began to lose their way. I still enjoy it a lot, but it's nothing like Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism.



Apocalyptic Raids
March 8th 2006


810 Comments


Great album, but I've never paid a whole lot of attention to it.

Hammerheart
March 9th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album, I definitley don't listen to it as often as I should.

Nattulver
April 8th 2007


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quite possibly their best album. Battles in the North was very similar and was just as great, but after Demonaz stopped playing, it seemed like they got more "thrashy" sounding. Still were a great band. "I" is similar but not as good I don't think.

Cravinov13
April 8th 2007


3854 Comments


Immortal is great, but Abbath's not what you'd call the best vocalist of the genre.

rattlehead42147
April 24th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Abbath is pretty good, though, better than Attila Csihar, haha this is a great album, nice review, i love this band/album

does anyone else think the riff on the title-track (last song) sounds like the emperial march theme from star wars? The riff comes in at 1:29 and is used quite a bit.This Message Edited On 05.01.07

Curtis89
May 17th 2007


1 Comments


I was listening to the album as I came on here, and it was on the last track and I was just noticing that.This Message Edited On 05.17.07

Blurry
August 14th 2007


96 Comments


Grim committed suicide before this was recorded? So how do you figure that he played on Borknagar's first three albums in '96, '97 & '98?

He joined Immortal after the album was recorded, but before the artwork was done. Grim died in '99.

FR33L0RD
March 4th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pure raw blackmetal is not my cup of tea, i prefer the last two album by Immortal, but this is still a solid album.

BroRape
March 4th 2008


803 Comments


i really want some immortal.

FR33L0RD
March 4th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^^^ Begin with their last 2 albums, IMO they are more accessible "Sons of Northern Darkness" & "At the Heart of Winter"

BroRape
March 4th 2008


803 Comments


word. i'll get them sometime this week.

Hawks
March 11th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite Immortal album ever. There's no favorites for me on this album. I think that they are all amazing.

FenderUsa
May 26th 2008


582 Comments


In the review it says Grim commited suicide before the recording of the drums but he didnt commit suicide until 1999..or am i missing something



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