6th release from veteran British Columbian black metal underground act, on Bud (Blut und death) Metal Records. Combines the raw war metal inspired aggression of recent Avitas black metal releases with the grim psychedelia of early Avitas, bringing the sound full circle.
"Avitas play raw, mid paced early 90s Scandinavian influenced black metal, with a minimalist approach, putting an emphasis on a dark, creeping atmosphere, that so many bands seemed to forget about, over the years, as the scene trended towards slicked up, shiny plastic sheen presentation across their music. No, Avitas keep it cold, harsh and hateful, with gloomy touches and interludes. With each listen, I get more and more into this album, it really holds up the old ways very well." Dale Roy, Canadian Assault Zine www.canadianassault.com/demoreviewsnewpage.html#avitas
"Being that this is a black metal album, one would expect a certain sound from the record. It should be noted that this album definitely carries the black metal sound, though it does have some fun with it, which results in a very nice sound to listen to. The album maintains a pretty rough sound but incorporates some progressive and atmospheric aspects to it which, personally, I really enjoyed...Northern Ghosts tracklisting features a variety of song about the occult, heathenism, war, and anti-religion. Abrahamic faith in particular gets quite a bit of attention, none of it really good. Personally I do not follow any of these religions nor pay much attention to them, so I cannot comment on the merit of a lot of the lyrics or how much they may upset somebody if they are a practicing member of that faith. I can say though that they fit rather well with the black metal aesthetic and, as far as a religious topic goes, do offer a lot more than just “Hail Satan and the darkness” and such. In the end I found that the lyrics to Northern Ghosts are rather nice and, while staying relatively close to what the scene has seen since its inception, take it to a more thoughtful and educated place. A+"
Poe Ohlin, Unbalanced Ramblings Blog
"There are certainly some ambient and progressive passages but not like that post-black Metal crap, this is the real deal, heavy, dark and misanthropic....3.5/5" - JP Wood, Metal-Rules.com
"A very raw and war like black metal sound dominates a good portion of the recording as well as injecting a good dose of the early NS black metal sound into their musical arsenal, and they also utilize a good mixture of slow, mid-paced and fast parts...8.5/10" - Occult Black Metal 'Zine occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.ca/2014/05/avitasnorthern-ghostsbud-metal.html
"The tracks itself are based on pretty primitive, no-nonsense fundaments, but seen the exhalation of philosophical and spiritual purity, this could not have been executed any better. The first part, the Side Black, comes with a take-no-prisoners attitude, while the second half, the Side Green, is little more organic, psychedelic, and mesmerizing. Anyway, this album done with a decent production would have a score beyond imagination...81/100" - Ivan Tibos, www.concreteweb.be/reviews/avitas
"While listening, their music was a bit nostalgic because it sounds like some of my favorite black metal recordings from the early '90's. It sounds like a fuse of Bathory, Mayhem, and a bit of early Burzum, all smashed into one...Avitas is extremely raw and primal...true fans of the raw style that they play will understand the beauty within this, which there is plenty of...8/10" Samyaza, Temple of Darkness 'Zine templeofdarknessreviews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/avitas-northern-ghosts-review.html