Northward – In Sturmes Wind

Northward really surprise with their ability to channel the fuzzed out euphoria of Forest and Branikald through the blasting melodies of Ukraine circa 2003. This Dutch outfit is voracious in its desire to reclaim the throne from the post-prefix-hordes to its rightful owner, orthodoxy. A murky production casts ‘In Sturmes Wind’ in a decade old veil. A time when Blazebirth Hall was still an obscure Russian collective, USBM meant something completely different and Roman Saenko first toyed with the idea of introducing melody and colour to his blasting monochrome Hate Forest visions.

Demo opener ‘Onmacht & Verlangen’ is a fast paced, instrumental march over immense mountains and frozen pines. A belligerent sense of aggression shares the stage with deep admiration. The wailing of wind through the trees and unending vistas that extend beyond the horizon are the chosen scenes. There is a real feel of orthodoxy steeped in the pagan vein. Northward worship at the altar of the forest, they sacrifice the false ideals of extreme metal to appease the mountain spirit. Unite Forest’s unquenchable thirst for reverb drenched melody with Tobias Möckl’s unique ability to entrance his listeners in nature’s spell and you begin to approximate the work of Northward.

The torrential outpouring of grieved melody finds respite in the minute long acoustic interlude of ‘Avondrood’– an exercise in imitating ‘Kveldssanger’ correctly. This short-lived, welcoming passage is the eye of the storm before the arrival of the title track: a tranquil moment of peace opens up into an eight-minute romp through chasm, cave and titan wood. Northward really do command my respect. This may not follow current fads within underground circles. It may not be original, forward thinking or progressive but that is of little consequence when the music envelopes your very soul and commands that you ascend the nearest mountain, build a fire and live among the spirits of the forest. Truly fucking captivating.

Originally self released by the band, this gem was made available again by Heidens Hart late last year. Buy here.

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14 Comments

  • Reply March 5, 2012

    Johan

    truly impressive band, great guys. excellent write-up man.

  • Reply March 5, 2012

    Marc

    A record and review that truly speaks to the imagination!
    In Sturmes Wind has been on repeat in my car for quite a while now.

  • Reply March 5, 2012

    H.

    Awesome demo, support band & label and buy original tapes!

  • Reply March 5, 2012

    Doomed to Repeat

    “O&V” is definitely not an instrumental.

    • Reply March 6, 2012

      Alex

      Really? I couldn’t make out any vocalisations. Regardless it is a track that speaks monuments with minimal amounts of human-like elements.

  • Reply March 6, 2012

    Alex

    I wish I could like comments D:

  • Reply March 6, 2012

    ETERNAL WHEEL

    I think you mean Dit Verre Turen, because in O&V this guy screams his fucking out.
    Pretty epic to say the least.

  • Reply March 6, 2012

    ETERNAL WHEEL

    Fucking lungues that is.

  • Reply March 14, 2012

    Artvr

    So glad to see this one here. I talked about them on my blog some time ago. Really cool Demo and guys. I have one of the tapes 😀 It’s good to see that while others are busy and busting their heads trying to re-invent Black Metal, some just look back and bring back that good cold and nostalgic Black Metal.

    • Reply March 14, 2012

      Alex

      Hey Artvr. I really dig your blog – its nice to see someone posting relatively obscure and unheard of gems from the underground. I’ve found a lot of treasures on your site, so thank you for reading!

      • Reply March 16, 2012

        ARTVR

        You’re welcome Alex, feel free to explore it. Cheers!

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