Northern Remains is a promising melodic/progressive/death metal band I discovered a long time ago through Submithub submissions. This time, they are back with their second EP album, Burden, which was released not long ago in 2020. The band is officially making releases since 2019. They have started their careers with a single called; Ten Years (2019), continued with another single, The Collapse (2019), and EP album, Ten Years (2019), another single, Defeat (2020), and their latest EP album, Burden (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Northern Remains is a promising metal band, who never lets their listeners down every time they make another release. At least this is how I feel about it. I remember listening to their music and thinking about their album covers about some time ago (before this album). About three months ago, they submitted three songs from their latest EP album, and made it impossible for me to resist featuring them here on Metalhead Community. They simply earned it with their hard work and determination.
On the other hand, Northern Remains is officially together since 2014 and making releases only for a year-long, yet I feel like these gentlemen have much longer experience with making music than just this project. I can easily tell that by hearing their expertise in their way of making music, especially on this album. On their submission, I found out that they lost one of their band members some time ago. And listening to the album after hearing such incident is surely making everything much tenser and deeper, at least it did for me. I sense their sorrow, the grief in their music. The songs are usually structured with progressive elements in a beautiful balance. You never feel like it is too much, complicated, or boring. Northern Remains is an exceptional collective without a doubt. They show potential in many ways, especially in this album. They are usually aggressive with their death metal foundations. But at the same time, they have a dramatic and emotional state where the atmosphere builds up, instruments slow down, and vocalist sings irresistible emotional melodies. I don’t know about you guys, but this EP, for me, is one of the most satisfying albums I listened to in 2020. From time to time, Northern Remains reminded me of Opeth, Linkin Park, Killswitch Engage, and Gojira with their sections, dark and moody atmosphere, instrumentals and melodies. They are like a delicious combination of them, handled, and put together beautifully. As I said earlier, most of these songs are dramatic and dark yet always melodic, which immediately pulls the listener into its world.