Plenty of darkened and atmospheric symphonic attributes can be found in Norhod’s debut CD, “The Blazing Lily”. Musically, take cool elements from the first two The Gathering CDs and mix it up with Orphanage, and you’ve Norhod. They’re definitely not the most unique musically and vocally speaking as their downtuned guitar rhythms and slow to mid-paced drumming presents an overall feeling of despair, but nothing that will move mountains. The semi-soprano female vocals are backed up by growl style male vocals. This is interestingly done and definitely fits this seven-piece band’s musical approach, but it is nothing original.
“The Blazing Lily” is a strong work of poetic lyrics with a personal touch, which gives this CD an individualized approach of songwriting style.
The musicianship on this record is tight and the band’s songs flow quite well, and should take you to darkest depths of misery if that is your thing. Norhod should be given thumbs up for creating chilling atmospheres through their synthesizers, but as a whole they did not do much for my discriminating aural taste buds.
Maybe, record number two will be unique with a sound and style all their own instead of sounding too much like the bands mentioned above. [Worm Hole Death] Sarjoo Devani