Likely influenced by the Bathory work of the same name, and also being a solo act, Nordland a.k.a. Vorh, has been active since mid-2009 or 2010 issuing releases regularly. The self-titled demo of 2011 was re-issued in 2012.
NORDLAND – THE DEAD STONES – SATANATH
Nordland is a solo act and, up until this album in 2018, quite an industrious one with six releases in as many years. One-man acts have their obvious limitations and Nordland is not an exception, but the soulless drum machine aside the multi-instrumentalist Vorh does a good job overcoming them. Ah yes, the dreaded drum computer rattling uselessly and aimlessly in the background strokes again and that is the case on The Dead Stones sadly. The vocals are a mix between Bathory and Immortal and croak as well as any. Musically, The Dead Stones lie in the realm of early Satyricon and its ilk and that is a good thing. A good guess is that Vorh is a bassist by original trade given the dominance and power of the four strings on most of this disc. The album takes advantage of mid-paced to fast quality riffing and tempos, but rarely goes into hyper speed. The best tracks would be the more dynamics ones like Hunted By Pan and The Oceans Above Us, which also demonstrate a little overlap musically. The Roots Impale Us has the album’s most effective riff however. Worth the time and money? Yes. This is not wimpy crap like Burzum. In fact, like the man’s obvious inspiration Bathory The Dead Stones is substantial. – Ali “The Metallian”