Norse are a band from Australia that plays a very melodic form of black/death metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "All Is Mist And Fog".
"Neglect" which is the first song on the album begins with some dark, melodic and heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before getting fast along with some blast beats and black metal screams before alternating between mid paced and fast parts and towards the end shouts are added into certain sections.
"Worn And Grey" begins with some drums and fast, melodic black metal guitar and bass riffs before adding in screams before alternating between mid paced and fast parts and halfway through the song there is a brief use of shouts and death metal growls before adding in some clean parts.
"Towards The Shining Sky" opens up with heavy guitar and bass riffs before adding in drums and black metal growls along with some melody and death metal growls which also lead to some electronic music elements and after awhile blast beats start coming in and out along with a small amount of melodic guitar leads.
"Black Ocean" starts of with some heavy, melodic and progressive guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in screams and growls and after awhile the music speeds up a bit along with some blast beats as well as mixing in some guitar leads and solos.
"Silently Awake" has its start with modern metal guitar and bass riffs before adding in some drums and screams and a minute later shouts and melodic guitar riffing start coming into the song along with some blast beats and the song closes with a guitar lead.
"Plaguewhore" hits off with spoken word parts before adding in brutal blast beats, growls and screams along with some technical and melodic guitar and bass riffs and a minute later their is a brief use of spoken word parts and towards the end there is a small amount of pianos before getting heavy again.
"Concrete Wastes" takes off with dark and melodic guitar riffs before getting heavy along with some bass guitars and drums before getting fast along with some screams, blast beats and melodic guitar riffing which then leads to a more mid paced direction while also remaining fast in certain sections and halfway through the song death metal growls are added in along with spoken word parts.
"Magus" opens up with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in some melody and black metal screams and halfway through the song modern and progressive metal elements are added into certain sections.
"Gravel" which is also the final song on the album starts up with dark sounding guitar riffs before getting heavy along with some bass guitars and drums as well as added in some black metal vocals
Song lyrics cover Misanthropic and Escapism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion Norse are a very great sounding melodic black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Neglect" "Towards The Shining Sky" "Plaguewhore" and "Magus". RECOMMENDED BUY.