The Return

NSP 173 :  Haimad - The Return DigiMCD

Release date: April 12th, 2019

Haimad was formed in Sundsvall, Sweden in 1994 and released two tapes and a MCD between 1995 and 1999 before they went on a long hiatus.

Many years went by without a sign of life before Azradan, the only remaining founding member, set out to resurrect the band and recruited a new line-up in order to create Symphonic Black Metal in the best tradition of the Scandinavian mid-90s.

And who else but musicians who were part of that same scene back then would be able to create something that reminds so powerfully of the good old days?

25 years after their founding, Haimad release an EP that is a dream come true for any fan of albums like "The Sad Realm of the Stars", "Seen Through the Veils of Darkness", "Provenance of Cruelty", "In the Nightside Eclipse", "Stormblåst", "In Times Before the Light", "Moon in the Scorpio" or "Tusen År Har Gått".

If one has grown up with these milestones, listening to Haimad's "The Return" is like coming home after a long time away because the material on this EP is absolutely on par with the classics, and it sounds like it was composed over 20 years ago.

As a special bonus the band allowed Northern Silence to include demo versions of all four songs on the first press, which differ in sound and also in some other ways from the final recordings. Fans of underground releases will surely appreciate their raw brilliance the same way we do. For Northern Silence, old school Symphonic Black Metal simply does not get better than this!

The EP will be released digitally and on CD, as Collector’s Edition in 6-panel Digipack, including four bonus tracks and limited to 999 copies.


1. The Return (7:16)
2. The Prophecy (5:04)
3. Upon A Throne Of Ice (4:20)
4. My Kingdom Of Cold (5:43)

5. The Return (demo version) (7:15)*
6. The Prophecy
(demo version) (5:02)*
7. Upon A Throne Of Ice
(demo version) (4:01)*
8. My Kingdom Of Cold
(demo version) (5:37)*
* Bonus tracks


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"Ich gebe ehrlich zu, ich war nach dem letzten Track so sauer, wie schon lange nicht mehr. Gerade bin ich vollkommen in die Musik eingetaucht, da ist sie auch schon wieder vorbei. [...] Mit „The return“ liegt ein Release vor, der gerade im Symphonic Black Metal ziemlich viel Anklang finden wird. Hoffentlich folgen bald weitere Großtaten. Bis dahin gilt allerdings schon jetzt: PFLICHTKAUF!!!"
9/10 - www.blacksalvation.de

"HAIMAD knüpfen nahtlos an die goldenen Zeiten des Black Metals an. "The Return“ ist ein unverkennbares Kind der 90er, zelebriert diese aber so erfrischend ehrlich, dass von verstaubter Nostalgie keine Rede sein kann. Nur allzu passend, dass neben den fertigen Stücken auch die Demoversionen ihren Weg auf die EP gefunden haben. Ein Fest für Puristen, aber auch für alle, denen DIMMU BORGIR zu Mainstream geworden sind."
8/10 - www.burnyourears.de

90% - www.metalnews.fr

"Overall, I liked the album. The symphonic elements really augmented the deep Black Metal sound, but did not take over it. It has that great balance between Old and New school Black Metal with enough of a modern sound to make it enjoyable to new fans of the genre as well."
8/10 - www.metal-temple.com

85/100 - www.musika.be

"...epischer und sehr melodischer Black Metal, der Freunden der ersten Welle um DIMMU BORGIR und Co. sofort gefallen dürfte."
8/10 - www.powermetal.de

"A virtual time warp, “The Return” does a great job taking us back to the glory days of black metal long before the entire planet became aware of its existence and Hollywood start rubbing its taint onto it."
8.5/10 - www.viaomega.com