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Review: Northwind - History

Label: No Remorse Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 52:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 22, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Northwind is another band that formed back the golden era of metal (1981), released a couple of albums on well-known labels (Vertigo, EMI) then went dark after 1987, at least in terms of recorded material. Neither of their previous albums ever crossed my path, so I can't speak to them but as I listen to their third, History, it is easy to picture the band member picking up instruments in the late '70s when heavy rock was starting to fade and the NWOBHM starting to rise. Musically, Northwind has a modern sound but the songwriting is from a time in history. The songs are straightforward heavy metal with a good dose of hard rock in the mix and it is easy to pick out influences ranging from Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep to the early '80s vibe that produced bands like Battleaxe and Bullet. I would like to highlight a song or two but, while there aren't any dogs, the songwriting is rather generic and occasionally almost more of an homage to that earlier sound. I don't hate History, but I also don't recommend you go out of your way to find it, unless you really dig simple hard rock/heavy metal.

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