My Heavy Metal Nation Spotlight: Norway?

Most people probably know Norway for it's huge black metal scene... but anyone who knows me will know that's not why I like Norwegian metal. this is:

Blood Tsunami (Death/Thrash Metal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIGGv9JCJJE

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The Kovenant (Industrial Metal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjLvDTmEb98

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Mortemia (Symphonic/Melodic Death metal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnwoHBBUISE

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Artch (Classic Power metal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psw-EA1aHA4

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MQ: thoughts on the songs?

MQ2: What's your fav Norwegian metal band(s)?

BQ: What's your fav. black metal band (not from Norway)? - just to make it difficult for Tron

BQ2: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, UK, or USA... what country should I feature next?

Update:

@Royal Archetype: Sweden really? I'm not doubting they have great industrial from there, they're good at everything else, it's just that I'm big into industrial metal, and I can honestly say the closest thing I have from there is Scar Symmetry. I gotta look some of that up

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  • Adam
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Finally!!!! =P

    I love a lot of Norwegian Black Metal but there definitely is a ton of great other metal bands from Norway.

    Blood Tsunami

    First I must say that the album cover is one of the coolest album covers that I have ever seen and I've been listening to Power Metal for a few years now so that says a lot lol. I loved the intro and it almost sounded like something Slayer would do but they definitely did it in their own way. After listening to them I had the thought of wanting to hear more but also kind of felt a little bad because the thought of a Tsunami of blood coming at me is a little funny to me =P Overall I really liked it.

    The Kovenant

    They were definitely very unique but I really liked that about them. They also had a great beat and were also somewhat catchy in some places even though at the same time they were really heavy. Usually I'm not huge on Industrial Metal but I ended up really enjoying this band and like the last one, I want to check out more from them.

    Mortemia

    I think I've said this on other questions of yours but I really love the combination of Death Metal and Symphonic Metal. They proved that right I think because they were very good. They reminded me a lot of Therion but if old and new Therion combined which was really cool.

    Artch

    I must point out another great album cover haha. The music was definitely very good too! I've never really heard the term "Classic Power Metal" before to be honest but when I listened to this I kind of got that feeling and knew what that phrase meant. Overall a very good band and Norway definitely did not disappoint in general.

    MQ2: Satyricon

    BQ: Watain (They're from Sweden)

    BQ2: Greece

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I liked The Kovenant and Mortemia but not so much for Blood Tsunami and Artch. Mortemia was amazing and The Kovenant was surprisingly good considering my thoughts on Industrial Metal after I heard Anorexia Nervosa's first album Exile

    My favourite Norwegian metal band is Dimmu Borgir. They are awesome and set to release a new album this year.

    My favourite black metal band would have to be Behemoth (Poland), even though they are considered Blackened Death Metal, they are still black metal. If not Behemoth, then Anorexia Nervosa (France).

    I would like to see Greece featured as I only know one Greek band: Septic Flesh.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I will be back later to answer, been looking forward to Norway and like you not for the black metal.

    Blood Tsunami-This is a band that I have been wanting to check out for a while. I am into the newer thrash metal movement and these guys are not too bad. The vocals are ok, nothing spectaular or original but they get the job done. I like this song and will be looking for their CDs (I know I saw them on a local store once.)

    The Kovenant-I have this CD and it is ok. There is better industrial metal and there definitely is worse. I do like this song.

    Mortemia-I am actually liking this quite a bit. I would consider this song to be more gothic metal than melodic death. I do instrumentally like a lot of gothic metal and this has that same feel. I would listen to this. It is my favorite out of the first three. I am very familiar with Artch and I already know it is my favorite of the four.

    Artch-I missed out on these guys growing up but I did discover them because the singer handled the clean vocals on Gardenian's Soulburner. They are the Norwegian answer to Iron Maiden. They released two of the more underrated albums from that era. Great band

    MA2:OMG there are so many killer bands. Here are some of my favorites. (look ma.....no black metal)

    Arch Nemesis (Power Metal)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fjn_SvOFZk

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    Chain Collector (Melodic Death Metal)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2wcDc02pa4

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    Circus Maximus (Progressive Metal)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8SJgoPH69Y

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    Mundanus Imperium (Dark Progressive Metal)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5HjCpFLkxs

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    Theater Of Tragedy (Gothic Metal)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sek9PsQl2eA

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    TNT (glam metal) this one I dedicate to the troll

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9v55HeFcjo

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    BA: I do not listen to much but I really like Rotting Christ (even though they are very goth influnenced as well)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNlSVA2edG0

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    BA2: Greece

  • tron
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    MA: Pretty familiar with all these bands except Artch, who I've never heard of before. I like Blood Tsunami. If its done well, I like death/thrash bands...and although I wouldn't say they are the best, they are solid for sure. Kovenant is alright, but gotto be in the mood for them, so not everyday listening.

    Mortemia i was introduced pretty recently, and do think they are pretty good, but have only listened to a few songs and wasn't blown away by anything. This song you posted is pretty good.

    Artch is completely new and this is quite good. Like the guitar work....vocals are also good....definitely the classic Heavy metal feel. nicely done for sure

    MA2: where to start....top 5 are probably

    Borknagar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR_A_Q79vNg

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    (garms clean singing at the end of this song is amazing)

    Enslaved

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mQAUUVdtrg

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    Taake

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtBZfsQuJKE

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    Extol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgcf1s2bwtc

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    Windir

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ3m2CrB_54

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    BA: Dissection (my fav BM band)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-uM6oDkw8c

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    BA2: now i got to pick a new country...hmm, how about Spain..i can only think of two bands i have

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've heard of The Kovenant before, that song is kickass.

    The other three are new to me, but I like what I hear.

    MA1: Pretty good, I especially liked Blood Tsunami.

    MA2: Dimmu Borgir, ftw.

    BA1: King Diamond and Mercyful Fate.

    BA2: Hm..go for Spain. One of the most epic bands ever is from there. Dark Moor. Or maybe Sweden, they've got kickass industrial metal there.

  • 1 decade ago

    MQ1:Blood Tsunami: Nice Death thrash

    The Kovenant: never liked anything this band released after In Times Before the Light (1996 one)

    Mortemia: pretty interesting. I will check out their album.

    Artch: I like it. Kind of reminded me of Iron Maiden

    MQ2: Aeternus,Emperor,Satyricon,Darkthrone Burzum,Kampfar,Enslaved,Ancient

    BQ: Nokturnal Mortum.

    BQ2:Finland

  • 1 decade ago

    MA: Fine, especially the Industrial Metal. The others are great too of course. Norway is just good at Metal like Brazil is to football.

    MA2: So many. Basically all the Black Metal from there is in my good books... Gorgoroth, Immortal, Vreid, Ulver, Burzum sprinig to mind especially.

    BA: Bathory.

    BA2: Greece. I'd like to see their take on Folk Metal especially.

  • 1 decade ago

    MA: Good songs, though i am not a fan of any of those bands apart from Artch, Am not really a big fan of industrial or symphonic to tell you the truth (not that i hate it, but they aren't something i listen to much). Blood Tsunami is a pretty average band though, even if they are of one of my favorite genres.

    MA2: Immortal , Emperor (and Ihsahn's solo works), Mayhem, Satyricon, Old Man's Child, Taake, Green Carnation, Arcturus, Ulver, Kampfar, Darkthrone, Borknagar, 1349, Cadaver, Myrkgrav, (ya, i am just being a show-off) The 3rd and the Mortal, Madder Mortem, Windir, Ved Buens Ende, Myrkskog, Galar, Faustcoven, Forgotten Woods, Carpathian Forest, In the Woods..... , Sorgsvart, Jorn, Pagan's Mind, Ildjarn, Asmegin, Ragnarok, Limbonic Art

    BA: Hehehhe, black metal. :D

    Bathory, Celtic Frost, Catamenia, Vinterland, Forefather, Goatmoon, Sacramentum, Thronar, The Ruins of Beverast, Nokturnal Mortum, Xasthur, Graveland, Marduk, Venom, Blut aus Nord, Ajattara, Naglfar, Nagelfar, Alghazanth, Summoning, Drudkh, Anaal Nathrakh, Negura Bunget, Rotting Christ, Judas Iscariot, Oranssi Pazuzu, Altar of Plagues, Unanimated, Beatrìk,

    Amon Goeth, Cobalt, Nyktalgia, Lunar Aurora, Lurker of Chalice, Forest of Fog, ColdWorld, Gris, Hate Forest, etc etc (i could go on....)

    <3 Black Metal :)

    BA2: Spa!n

  • 1 decade ago

    I liked Blood Tsunami and Mortemia,thanks for the post

    MO2: Gorgoroth

    BQ: Nargaroth

    BQ2: Gothenburg from Sweden

  • Norway is Brootal!!

    But why did you list all the false metal from there. Are you going to list glam too?

    I did like blood tsunami ok, except they got a hard to spel name.

    Emporor

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    Denmark ( good evil metal)

    gotta love trolls.. don't ya? ;P

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