Founded in 1996 bei Petri Lindroos, they kept to their style. The new album simply called N beats up with 12 - limited edition 15 - kick ass tracks.
First song My Antichrist starts with hectic riffs, a groovy verse and sing-along chorus! Heavy! After that, Frozen Angel starts with spheric keys and goes over to some headbanging beats. Nice verse, but I don't think that the clean vocals fit to the chorus. Down is in my opinion more epic. It's played in mid-tempo and got very much staccato riffs. To Hell starts with one guitar and the voice of Petri. The second guitar joins before the whole band gets into it. Again more spheric sounds from keyboardist Tuomas Planman and some clean vocals from Kristian Ranta. Ok, now it's time for one of the best songs on this damn album! Saviour is very slow, but with such an epic and sad melody! The 3/4 phrase during the intro and chorus gives the song a very personal note. The chorus is very sad, but hopefully as the second verse. I could write many words about this song... Next song Black Gold starts with a fast clean guitar and some melodic solo before it turns into a fast and good-for-headbanging-riff. The verse shows up a fast kick ass tune! We Rock is one of my favourite songs, too. In general it's very fast. This is a classic 'community song' and I think it's live a real burner! The chorus is very good for singing along. Always And Never is just like We Rock, with a very cool chorus part! Tell Me Why starts with a doomy intro and turns into a straight riff. I like the next song If You Go. It starts with some xylophone sounds and clean, quiet vocals while the chorus is in the same tempo but the vocals are more into 'normal Norther vocals'. The second last song Self-Righteous Fuck is a bit faster again shows the more melodic death side of Norther. Last song Forever And Ever starts with epic mid-tempo beats. The whole song is in mid-tempo and it ends with en very long fade out with the same melody as in the intro.
The limited edition of N got 3 Songs from their finland-only EP No Way Back.
First time I listened to Norther was in 2005, I think It was their first album Dreams Of Endless War. I was really surprised of their sound, because it's really close to older Children Of Bodom sounds. But there are some differences like the clean parts, more mid-tempo parts and some ballads.
Ok, they are standing in a little shades of the Hate Crew, but I think that the band is on the right way and that they will create their own sound from time to time.
I recommend the following songs: My Antichrist, Down, Saviour, We Rock, Always & Never, Tell Me Why, If You Go