Sons of Northern Darkness

Sons of Northern Darkness is the seventh album by Norwegian black metal band Immortal. Musically, it continues the blackened thrash metal style heard on the two previous releases At the Heart of Winter and Damned in Black. This was the band's first release on Nuclear Blast Records and the last album to feature Iscariah on bass, who admitted to only play bass on the opening track "One by One", with the rest of the album's bass tracks being played by vocalist/guitarist Abbath.

Sons of Northern Darkness
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 4, 2002
RecordedSeptember 2001
GenreBlack metal, thrash metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerPeter Tägtgren
Immortal chronology
Damned in Black
Sons of Northern Darkness
All Shall Fall

The album was released in multiple formats, including a standard CD, a limited edition four-panel digipak, a limited edition metal box, a "Deluxe Edition" digipak with bonus DVD, a picture disc, a gatefold double LP, and a quadruple 10" leather box. The limited edition metal box was only available via Nuclear Blast mailorder and was sold out before it was actually released.

The song "In My Kingdom Cold" references the H.P. Lovecraft story At the Mountains of Madness.[1]

"One by One" was featured in the soundtrack of the 8th installment in the Tony Hawk's video game series, Tony Hawk's Project 8, which released in 2006.[2]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Demonaz; all music is composed by Abbath and Horgh.

1."One by One"5:00
2."Sons of Northern Darkness"4:47
5."Within the Dark Mind"7:31
6."In My Kingdom Cold"7:17
8."Beyond the North Waves"8:06
Total length:50:08

Bonus DVDEdit

Recorded with a handy cam by Achim Köhler, May 2, 2003 during the Metal Gods Tour, live at B.B. King's in New York.

  1. "Wrath from Above"
  2. "Damned in Black"
  3. "One by One"
  4. "Tyrants (Part 1)"
  5. "Tyrants (Part 2)"
  6. "Solarfall"
  7. "Beyond the North Waves"

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
Chronicles of Chaos10/10[4]

AllMusic called it "arguably one of the best black metal releases ever put forth" and a "masterpiece".[3]


  • Abbath Doom Occulta – vocals, guitars, bass (tracks 2-8)
  • Horgh – drums
  • Iscariah – bass (track 1)
  • Saroth – bass (live at B.B. King's in New York)


Chart (2002) Peak
German Albums Chart[5] 58


  1. ^ Immortal – In My Kingdom Cold, retrieved 2020-01-27
  2. ^ "Tony Hawk's Project 8 soundtrack announced". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-12-28.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Jason D. "Sons of Northern Darkness - Immortal : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Schwarz, Paul (3 July 2002). "CoC : Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 12 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ German Top 100

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