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Review: Icestorm - The Northern Crusades
The Northern Crusades

Label: Independent
Year released: 2023
Duration: 34:06
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 24, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Northern Crusades

Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (6 Votes)

This starts out with a pretty dire narration track, setting up the historical Battle of the Ice in 1242, where the Teutonic knights were defeated by Alexander Nevsky and his Rus warriors. This track goes on a lot longer than it should, but then the metal starts up and it is basically just pure Amon Amarth worship—I mean the resemblance is really fucking close, so close it can't possibly be an accident. Icestorm do throw in some clean vocals, which don't work that well. Oddly enough, when this band tries to sound more individual, they do not sound as good, and they do best when they are just mining that Amon Amarth vein as shamelessly as possible. An entertaining but fundamentally derivative album.

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