Norsecore, in my experience, is a style of Black Metal focused more on aggression than atmosphere or melody. While the riffs are more chaotic and technical, a major distinction comes from the production, which leaves no snare hit unheard. Black Metal purists use Norsecore as a derogatory term for bands like 1349. Well if "Hellfire" was your cup of tea, then "Necrosodomic Abyss" is a satisfying refill.
As I've said, this may not be for you if balls-out Black Metal rubs you the wrong way, because these Polish expatriates are steamrolling Norway forward with the most extreme music available. 1349 set a good standard in '05, and MORD's comparable production falls nothing short of hellish. It's thick and clear, but not very bassy. Picture yourself in a stone chamber full of flames during an earthquake and you've pinned down the aural imagery of this record.
With too many bands cranking the volume at the mixing table, it's refreshing to see more bands of this style rise above mediocrity. The riffs are complex but memorable, the songwriting well meditated. The drummer indulges his blast-beat fetish but uses slower slower beats in complement to blasts and vice-versa, rather than a bunch of all-blast songs matched with a couple slower numbers. "Necrosodomic Abyss" is very consistent in song structure from I to VIII. Perhaps the band ran out of creative energy for their music, therefore neglecting to tite their songs.
MORD are at the top of their game this time around. All instruments, including vocals, give it their all with skillful execution. While this is immediate ear-candy for fans of blasty Black Metal, even more orthodox enthusiasts may find repeated listens more rewarding. But whatever your tastes, the high level of intensity presented here cannnot be denied.
(Online August 21, 2008)