Somewhere in Eastern New Hampshire lies a project called Cold Northern Vengeance, which projects the occult through chants of ancient demons and magick. Formed in November of 2002 Gemini and Heathen issued two demos respectively in 2003 and 2004 before sharing a split release with their other project, Martyrvore. Gemini’s North Cabin Enterprises released these. The band appeared on another split release in 2007 with Infernecron and Frozen Forest. Birdrune next picked up the band and issued a full-length in October of 2008.
Gemini is a member of Martyrvore, to which Heathen contributes vocals. Indeed Chris of Martyrvore had introduced the duo to one another.
COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE - DOMINATION AND SERVITUDE - BINDRUNE
The above average grading for the first full-length album of American duo Cold Northern Vengeance is more about the attitude entrenched in the minds of the creators than the music. These not so gentlemen are as far removed from the world of Beyonce and Celine Dion as Pluto is from Venus. Not all is bland on planet earth. Birdrune has not released an album full of uniformity either. This album is a real mix of impressions and from metal to noise to ambient and English early punk Heathen and Gemeini have it all. The spoken intro’s performer not deliberately sounds like George Bush senior but from there on there is a real motley crack at so many styles that any reviewer will have a tough time figuring and relating an examination. Think of Cold Northern Vengeance as Sisters Of Mercy, Burzum, Opeth and Neptune Towers. Domination And Servitude (a major theme running through this album of course) is Luciferian yet promotes a racist agenda as well as evidenced by certain spoken word passages, lyrics and philosophers supported. Thumbs down for buying into the red herring but thumbs up for the individuality overall. - Anna Tergel