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“Between Two Worlds” by I

Artist: I
Title: “Between Two Worlds”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 11/14/2006
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

I will be one of the first to admit that when I hear something is a side project devised of the guys in other popular Metal bands that most of the time I am less than excited about it. The reason because of this is primarily due to the end result not being all too interesting. Yet when you find one is built up of personnel such as Abbath and Armagedda (Immortal), TC King (Gorgoroth), and Arve “Ice Dale” Isdal (Enslaved) it truly bears more than a casual investigation. These musicians are members of the Black Metal Illuminati and their existing work is a testimony to their skills in matters Dark. However, instead of a blistering display of Black Metal with this project the listener is treated to more of a Dark Hard Rock that falls along the line of Motorhead and perhaps even a little bit of Chrome Division (the side project of Dimmu Borgir’s Shagrath). There are times when the record holds an Immortal feel, but just done at a slower pace than they are known for and also has this topped off with a twist of recent Enslaved. In the end this is just an excellent listening experience. I never expected a more Classic Rock vibe based on the membership origins but it just stands as credit to these members skills and abilities to craft such a unique project. The albums opener “Storm I Ride” is a thunderous track that will have your attention as they offer tribute to old KISS in the feel and vibe bringing to mind some eighties W.A.S.P. as well.
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