Immortal has returned, but not only have they returned, they have come full circle back to the blisteringly fast black metal sound that pioneered early releases such as Pure Holocaust and Blizzard Beasts. While the bulk of the conversation around Northern Chaos Gods seems to revolve around the fact that Abbath, guitar player and vocalist on the last four releases Immortal unleashed in to the world is no longer a member of their ranks, I find this to be a pointless exercise. If you want Abbath helmed songs, seek out his solo project. It is a fun, mostly uptempo, easily digestible project, with a strong root in black metal that manages to remain accessible and catchy. This is not that project. This is the return of fucking IMMORTAL, fronted by the now rehabilitated Demonaz Doom Occulta, who fell victim to Carpal Tunnel, and had not played guitar on a recording in nearly twenty years .Until now.