When a band is able to create a great atmosphere with the music that they play, that is only a bonus to go along with the music. With that being said, Blood Region creates a great amount of atmosphere with their dark and brooding style of play and to go along with that atmosphere is a heavy dosage of thrash infused with hints of black metal. Blood Region’s new offering is titled Of Northern Fire and within this chilling release is four tracks of ambient and atmospheric metal. It’s easy to get lost in each song and have this EP carry you through abyssal forests and dark passageways as it is all encompassing and hypnotic.
Of Northern Fire is a solid release from beginning to end as it draws you in with its hypnotic dirges and makes you stay because of the crafty song writing and because of its downright heavy nature. Since the third song Cold Wilderness is a hypnotic interlude, the other three songs are filled with plenty of heavy moments as well as moments that are smooth and atmospheric which make up the majority of each song.
Each song is undeniable and unforgettable. The entire EP has a way of working its way deep into your mind and memory and nestling itself there for some time to come. Of Northern Fire is nothing short of mesmerizing and highly intoxicating. Try as you might, but these songs will not leave you and they will continue to haunt you long after you are finished listening.
Of Northern Fire provides you with a damp and cold atmosphere as it leaves you shivering in the cold in the middle of a winter storm. There is something melancholic about this release as well which reaches just as deep as the bone chilling cold does. This EP envelopes you in thin winter air and shrouds you in blankets of snow and sleet until you can’t feel anything but the numbness traveling up your spine.
Each song is riddled with plenty of slick and crunching riffs, heavy bass lines that seem to have a mind of their own, drum rhythms that are skull pounding and vocals that transition between forceful growls and soothing and pained cleans. Every element that is present within this release comes together to create something that is cohesive and altogether a well crated EP.
Since being resurrected some years ago, Of Northern Fire is a great way to announce a return. This is a solid EP that provides you with plenty of atmosphere and plenty of heavy dirges that come together to create an intriguing and great listen.