Northland are a band from Spain that plays a melodic mixture of black, death, viking and folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "Downfall And Rebirth"
Jew harps and nature sounds start off the album giving the music a folk music feeling along with some violins and a few seconds alter the music gets heavier and adds in death metal growls while also mixing in with the folk elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Clean singing viking metal vocals can be heard throughout the recording along with some high pitched screams that also mixes in an influence from black metal and at times acoustic and classical guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording while some of the heavier riffs also add in a small amount of thrash influences.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they all more of a melodic and traditional metal feeling to the songs that they are utilized on and as the album progresses their is a brief acoustic instrumental before the band backs a return back to a heavier sound on the following tracks while also bringing in a decent amount of pianos and keyboards at times and there a re also a few songs that are very long and epic in length and one of the alter tracks also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts while another adds in female vocals briefly.
Norhland takes for a very melodic style of black/death metal and mixes it with viking and folk music to create a very epic sounding album, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism and Battles.
In my opinion Northland are a very great sounding melodic mixture of black, death, viking and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bloodred Sunrise" "Fury's Unleashed" "Spirit In Darkness" and "Newborn Star". 8 out of 10.