The Black Northern Riual reviews:
9/10 - Metalchroniques.Fr
9/10 - Kaaoszine
9/10 - Destructive Music
9/10 - felvidekirockmagazin
4,5/5 - MetalTalk
5/6 - Gorgers Metall
8/10 - Metal.de-: “Posthum accomplish what many bands are merely attempting, which is to deliver awork of art that is complete in itself; and it needs to be said that they did this brilliantly”
Metal Hammer UK-:"Their next effort “Lights Out” also received praise from a unified press core: “…the beauty of Lights Out stems from Posthum having their own clear identity and distancing themselves from the ‘true’ Norwegian scene. It’s deeply refreshing”
Founded in 2004, Posthum is in no way a band that hide themselves in a scene. Nor are they constellation of members you will see in other bands. They`ve carefully created their own unique sound and way of thinking as an isolated band, located in the forests north of Oslo. Their self-titled debut record is highly acclaimed as a hard, but yet atmospheric and beautiful album, with a cold sound and strong arrangements constantly growing on the listener.
Having spent five years without even thinking about performing live, they suddenly found themselves on a massive tour across Europe in 2009 to promote their debut record. Invited to join Satyricon and Shining the tour was a huge success inspired the band to do more live-shows.
This time around, the band breaks the surface with their third album, «The Black Northern Ritual». One would most likely expect something ambient and gloomy from the Norwegian trio, something similar to their more experimental second album «Lights Out». That is though not the case. «The Black Northern Ritual» tears you apart with the opening «Demon Black Skies». Jon`s voice is more aggressive, the guitars more up front and drums has a more thrashy approach than ever before. This new mix is certainly a poisonous blend.
«I really felt the urge to write something powerful and I wanted to follow up on the themes from our debut. I truly think we`ve awakened the true sound of ourselves after a decade as a band» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist
Lyrically, the album is a rebellion against the false and corrupted values in the modern western world, which is so tempting and easy to believe in and follow.
«The lyrics are to me a purifying ritual, an inner journey to keep myself in balance, kind of a safe-place where I never have to escape from. I also seek inspiration from the forever-pure nature, and the frustration on how we blindly let it suffer. Sometimes it`s like the universe speaks to me, then I just write down the lyrics as I listen to the arrangements which flows around inside my head» -Jon, vocalist and guitarist
The talented Kjersti Mortensen once again created the artwork. An upfront album like «The Black Northern Ritual» needed a concrete and hard expression. The skull on the front cover is a classical rebelling symbol, which is perfect for an album filled with aggression, and old school inspired riffing.
«To have George Tanderø mixing the album was an easy choice. We needed a person with not only skills, but also talent and an open mind. George has the worked with a variety of artists spanning from A-ha, Satyricon, Travis to Cat Stevens. We knew he was the person who was up to the task and to get the best out of the songs we had written and recorded. What we got back was nothing else but perfection, groove and just the right sound for the songs» -Morten, drummer.