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Between Two Worlds


3.5
great

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
March 4th, 2010 | 42 replies | 8,896 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Norwegian super group’s “black ‘n’ roll” album is far removed from the members’ original bands

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Abbath - vocals, guitar
Ice Dale - guitar
King ov Hell - bass
Armaggeda - drums
Demonaz - lyrics

When Immortal split in 2003 and the members decided to go their separate ways, Abbath’s creative outlet was singing in a Motorhead tribute band. Two years later, he got together with former Immortal members as well as members of Gorgoroth and Enslaved to create a band simply called “I.” With all that pedigree, this should be the ultimate black metal band right? Well not quite, it’s more of a straightforward metal album in the vein of Motorhead, “black ‘n’ roll” if you will closer to “Sons of Northern Darkness” -era Immortal.

“Between Two Worlds” starts with the thrashy “The Storm I Ride,” one of the fastest tracks on the album with exceptional guitar harmonies it is the most memorable track on the album. After the opening track, I settles in to a more mid-paced groove for the most part with great tracks like “Battalions” and “Mountains” that are slower, Motorhead type songs with vocals to match; Abbath sounding like a cross between Lemmy and Popeye! Occasionally veering into Viking-metal lyrics, “Between Two Worlds” also pays tribute to the late Quorthon of Bathory with “Far Beyond the Quiet.”

The musicianship as would be expected, is top-notch: Armaggeda’s drumming is simple yet powerful and really shines on faster tracks like “Cursed We Are” in which he flashes some rare double-bass action, very simple throughout but fit’s the music perfectly. The guitarwork is exceptional throughout with Abbath and Ice Dale laying down monolithic, harmonic riffs that truly make this album memorable. Originally released with only eight tracks, a special edition features the excellent “Shadowed Realms” that truly make this album complete. Although some of the songs are a bit monotonous and Abbath’s voice is a bit grating the further you get into the album it is an enjoyable listen nevertheless.

The announcement of Immortal’s reunion BEFORE this album was released however stole much of its thunder and I was a bit forgotten in the anticipation of Immortal’s reunion. The albums title can be construed as a band that’s between two world, black metal and just heavy rock or metal. Even though “Between Two Worlds” might not be what fans of Immortal, Gorgoroth and Enslaved were expecting, they won’t be disappointed and I’s travels into “black ‘n’ roll” are much more successful than a band like Satyricon who also transitioned from pure black metal.

Recommended tracks:
The Storm I Ride
Cursed We Are



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Essence
March 4th 2010



3583 Comments


i tried listening to this album

it's so fucking bland

Hawks
March 4th 2010



35638 Comments


Good review dude. Album is good, but nothing more than good. And I wouldn't say this is too close to Sons of Northern Darkness era Immortal. That album is petty much straight up black metal and this is, as you said, more straightforward metal with some black metal influences.

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somberlain
March 4th 2010



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Hawks
well closer relatively speaking as far as Immortal albums I guess

KILL
March 5th 2010



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BATTALIONS!

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SteelErectedb4you8er
March 5th 2010



2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit, I loved this album. And still do. I find this album to be excellent for sure as well. Good review. My favorite song is "Days of North Winds."

bloozclooz
March 5th 2010



1770 Comments


you make this album seem really boring

Countess
March 5th 2010



818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"might not be what fans of Immortal, Gorgoroth and Enslaved were expecting"

no. not at all

Hawks
March 5th 2010



35638 Comments


Maybe not what fans of those bands would expect, but if you like those bands you could probably get into this at least a little bit.

somberlain
March 7th 2010



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"if you like those bands you could probably get into this at least a little bit"

and yet you only gave it a 3? c'mon Hawks

Countess
March 7th 2010



818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good but not what I would've expected

MetalMartin
March 26th 2011



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Immortal and anything Abbath does I like it. This album is a fun and easy listening. The mix b/w black metal and rock n' roll is really cool. But you can hear a lot the influences of Abbath on the guitar. The Lemmy type of signing is interesting too. Quite entertaining which is definitely what we're looking into from any album.

BigHans
August 11th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm digging this so far, riffs rule hard and the vocals are more Lemmy than faggy Black Metal rasp

Tyrael
August 11th 2011



20825 Comments


So umm... I guess that's a good thing? :]

BigHans
August 11th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

indeed it is.

KILL
August 11th 2011



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude fuckin battalions m//////////////

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



16135 Comments


of fear

BigHans
August 11th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this jams hard, love the melodic riffs.

Tyrael
August 11th 2011



20825 Comments


Too bad Abbath's vocals sound exactly the same here as they do when he's singing for Immortal... oh well

KILL
August 11th 2011



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

immortals better than this shit though, well mostly

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2011



16135 Comments


Yeah, they've dropped a few bombs.



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