Norther
Till Death Unites Us


4.0
excellent

Review

by talentless USER (3 Reviews)
March 24th, 2006 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Norther is:
* Petri Lindroos - Vocals and guitar (1996-)
* Kristian Ranta - Guitar and clean vocals(2000-)
* Heikki Saari - Drums (2005-)
* Jukka Koskinen - Bass (2000-)
* Tuomas Planman - Keyboards and Synthesizers (2000-)


As one of the bands that composes the holy triumvirate of Finnish death metal bands with Kalmah and Children of Bodom, Norther is often compared to those bands. And with the recent release of albums by all three bands, it is obvious that each band is trying to rid themself of the distinction with the others.

Norther's Till Death Unites Us is no exception. Like any melodic death metal album, it's filled with punchy riffs, harmonized leads, scowling vocals, and atmospheric keyboards. So what's the difference? Well, look no further than the album's first track "Throwing My Life Away."

In "Throwing My Life Away" we see the album's greatest strength, which seems to be the distinct, almost "icy" aura it gives off. Chalk it up to Tuomas Planmen's keyboards, which instead of harmonizing with the guitar all the time, craft a bone-chilling sonic atmosphere for Petri Lindroos's vocals and crushing guitar riffs. The song's intro is an epic blast of keyboards and guitars, with Petri releasing a frightening low growl, which eventually leads into a brief half-time feeling mosh riff. The song is then catapulted into the blistering verse section, complete with harmonized riffs. The chorus, which is rather simple, succeeds on the eerie blasts behind it. After another run through the verse and chorus sections, the listener is greeted with a moshy bridge, with more haunting keyboards in the background. All this leads into a blistering guitar solo by Kristian Ranta.

And that's all in the first song! Stylistically, much of the album is similar. Unlike their more uptempo counterparts, Norther goes with a more subdued approach, using blastbeats sparingly and letting the heaviness come in the riffs, which are downright metalcore at times. This is evident in slow burners like "Everything", "Drowning", and "Omen". And while not as liberal as some bands, guitar solos are present in pretty much every song, with particularly nice licks on "Evil Ladies" and "Throwing My Life Away." "Alone in the End" also features a nice keyboard solos.

But as stated earlier, the album's strength lies in its aura. All of the songs have this somber feel to them, and the keyboards help underscore that feeling, along with Petri's vocals. I can honestly say that this feels more like an album than a lot of the metal albums I have heard, with little filler. The clean vocals are also a nice addition.

The reason the album doesn't receive top marks is simply because although all the tracks are solid, most of them lack variety. You'll notice even after the first few listens that some riffs are rather recycled. The prevalence of the "chug four open eigth notes and follow with two harmonized quarters" riff is quite high.

That aside, Till Death Unites Us certainly merits a look or even purchase. If you're on Amazon looking for The Black Waltz, make sure you pick this up. It's definitely one of the best metal titles of 2006 thus far.

Recommended Tracks: Throwing My Life Away
Norther
Everything
Omen
Alone in the End


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Cravinov13
March 24th 2006


3854 Comments


This sounds intresting. Nice review.

Shadows
Moderator
March 24th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good. I love Norther.

Awesome review.

Thor
March 24th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty sweet review, comrade.

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Silenius
March 25th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Die is pretty good but this cd is not nearly as good as the other three full lengths.

talentless
March 25th 2006


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks everyone. I'd say Everything is my favorite off this CD.

Aakon_Keetreh
March 25th 2006


448 Comments


I have been meaning to check this out.

donteatpieontuesday
March 26th 2006


74 Comments


nice review i might buy it

gillygan
April 1st 2006


16 Comments


Great description, I know it would make me wann buy it.

Norther is really freaking good. I feel like even though they and many other bands in the genre, get to sound pretty generic, Norther does it best and really stands out.

Zak_262
April 13th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got this album the other day and its really good. throwing my life away is my favorite song on the album

Po0sH
June 15th 2006


15 Comments


Is it just me or are Petri's vocals getting worse? The screaming on this album sounds just atrocious. Sounds like he has lost his voice, and is struggling to scream, just like Tom Araya of Slayer.

Sevenfold
January 15th 2007


29 Comments


I agree with Po0sH, but I personally think he still sounds good

ScelusNefas
January 15th 2007


274 Comments


is norther really a power metal band?


Ire
August 31st 2007


41829 Comments


A "bit" late... Melodeath/black I believe
Omen is such an amazing song.
Edit
Death Unlimited needs a review, I shall take it apon myself once I download this.This Message Edited On 08.30.07

Pebster49
August 31st 2007


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are probably the catchiest Melodic Death Metal I have even listened to. Its pretty interesting, and very good. Nice Review btw

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2007


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I want this soooooooooo friggin bad. I may have to buy it online because I can't find this in stores.

Crimson
August 31st 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just picked this up, let's see what it's like.

Yazz_Flute
August 31st 2007


18873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really, really want some norther. Fucking FYE doesnt have them, and on amazon this album costs like 35 bucks 0_o. My birthdaysd not till mid november, but i'll just get money prolly. Last time I got 300 something dollars, and I plan on getting two tool csds, the two kalmah cds i don't own, more maiden albums, two more shadow gallery albums, and some norhter if I can, and maybe my grandma will get me gutiar hero III lol. Thats all i really need.

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Yazz_Flute
August 31st 2007


18873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, and i've heard "omen" on their myspace, for a softer song it's really awesome, catchy as hell chorus. I have a few norhter songs on my ipod (i was able to find and downloaded two from mrror of madness, one off their debut, and "frozen angel.") but otehr than that, the only other norther songs i've heard are "Death unlimited" and "mirror of madness."

Crimson
August 31st 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't see why everyone likes 'Throwing My Life Away', I'm only half way through this album and I thought it was a really weak track.
How come my version has a different track order than the one listed here?

BallsToTheWall
January 13th 2008


44805 Comments


Just tuned in to this band. I love Omen, Everything and Throwing My Life Away.

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