NSP 173 :
Haimad - The Return DigiMCD
Release date: April 12th,
Haimad was formed in Sundsvall, Sweden in 1994
and released two tapes and a MCD between 1995 and 1999 before they went
on a long hiatus.
Many years went by without a sign of life before Azradan, the only
remaining founding member, set out to resurrect the band and recruited
a new line-up in order to create Symphonic Black Metal in the best
tradition of the Scandinavian mid-90s.
And who else but musicians who were part of that same scene back then
would be able to create something that reminds so powerfully of the
good old days?
25 years after their founding, Haimad release an EP that is a dream
come true for any fan of albums like "The Sad Realm of the Stars",
"Seen Through the Veils of Darkness", "Provenance of Cruelty", "In the
Nightside Eclipse", "Stormblåst", "In Times Before the Light", "Moon in
the Scorpio" or "Tusen År Har Gått".
If one has grown up with these milestones, listening to Haimad's "The
Return" is like coming home after a long time away because the material
on this EP is absolutely on par with the classics, and it sounds like
it was composed over 20 years ago.
As a special bonus the band allowed Northern Silence to include demo
versions of all four songs on the first press, which differ in sound
and also in some other ways from the final recordings. Fans of
underground releases will surely appreciate their raw brilliance the
same way we do. For Northern Silence, old school Symphonic Black Metal
simply does not get better than this!
The EP will be released digitally and on CD,
as Collector’s Edition in 6-panel Digipack, including four bonus tracks
and limited to 999 copies.
1. The Return (7:16)
2. The Prophecy (5:04)
3. Upon A Throne Of Ice (4:20)
4. My Kingdom Of Cold (5:43)
5. The Return (demo
6. The Prophecy (demo version)
7. Upon A Throne Of Ice (demo version)
8. My Kingdom Of Cold (demo version)
* Bonus tracks