STORM emerged in the mid-nineties as a veritable "who's who" of Black Metal, featuring Kari Rueslåtten (of 3rd & The MORTAL-fame) on vocals, Satyr on guitars and vocals, and none other than Fenriz on drums.
The sound, though never quite as elaborate as many of the now famous Viking-bands such as THYRFING, OLD MAN'S CHILD (Viking Metal??? - Alex), EINHERJER, et al, is probably the very first emergence of genuine Viking Metal. The reason for this is simple: all songs featured on "Nordavind" are preportedly old Norwegian folk paeans arranged as Heavy Metal.
The riffs and production here are really quite simple and rely mostly upon the authenticity of the ancient hymns to grab the listener's attention. I remember first hearing this in '95 and thinking, "Wow! This is fairly simple stuff, but it just sounds so good."
As a side note, after the release of this album, the members of STORM were labelled by the Norwegian and surrounding press as a "fascist Black Metal" band, due to the steadfast loyalty to the Norwegian homeland and ethos maintained throughout the album. While Rueslåtten folded under the pressure and later disassociated herself from the band, Satyr and Fenriz stood strong, claiming they were merely patriots who loved their country. And "Nordavind" is certainly a memorable testament to that fact...