ALBUM WHEN NORTHMEN DIE
OUT 2017 (Dec 1st)
LABEL PURE LEGEND RECORDS
OUR RATING 79/100
With “When Northmen Die” Walter CROM Grosse release the 3rd album of his side project of Dark Fortress. Already since the debut „Vengeance“ from 2008 the albums have been released through Pure Steel/Legend and this tradition will continue with the new album. Calm, silent melodies go hand in hand with majestic guitar riffs, sweeping harmonies, clean, powerful vocals as well as an enthralling epicness. This album starts in epic mood with smarts choirs in BEHOLD THE LIGHTS, before ALL ALONE, almost 6 min duration with a great arpeggio before a powerful and lilting attack; a great tune maybe a bit repetitive.
SHIELDS OF GOLD begins in amazing way with a great arpeggio, an epic tune painted with many different hues.
DEAR FATHER is a real gem, rich of different nuances, melody and emphasis.
BETRAYAL breaks the blurred tone with more power and darker drops.
After I'M WITH YOU, GODS OF GLORY creates an environment of waiting before ONE STEP TO THE LAKE BELOW, more modern and darker, maybe "cinematic".
SENTENCED TO DEATH goes on in modern way before RAIN which shows preference for melody and emphasis.
The title-track and FAREWELL SONG end this great return.
1. Behold The Lights 2. All Alone 3. Shields Of Gold 4. Dear Father 5. Betrayal 6. I’m With You 7. Gods Of Glory 8. One Step To The Lake Below 9. Sentenced To Death 10. Rain 11. When Northmen Die 12. Farewell Song 13. The Millenium King (Bonustrack)
Total Playing Time: 68:31 min
1. Promo 2000 (2000, Demo) 2. Promo 2002 (2002, Demo) 3. The Fallen Beauty (2003, EP) 4. Promo 2004 (2004, Demo) 5. Vengeance (2008) 6. Of Love & Death (2011)
Walter „Crom“ Grosse – vocals, guitars, bass, choir
Seraph – drums Paymon - vocals at "Farwell Song", additional choirs Christian Häusler - lead guitars at "One Step To The Lake Below", solo at "The Millennium King"
(Thanks PURE STEEL PROMOTION)