Darkthrone- A Blaze in the Northern Sky (1992)

Here we have what is widely considered to be one of Darkthrone’s best albums, a classic I would label as “True Norwegian Black Metal”, and by that I mean that this is a sampling of that time.
As I said in an earlier post, it seems like everyone likes to hate on Darkthrone for one thing or another. Like THIS review that the author lets slip that he really isn’t that into black metal and goes on to say that it is essentially not catchy enough for his tastes as compared to their later albums (yes, that astute complaint yet again)… yeah ok.
The other two negative reviews point out the weakness in this album such as the production and the riffs are a touch too long, which I can agree with.
Overall I think that Darkthrone is true mood music, or more correctly a mood-band. By this I mean that one has to be in the mood to listen to them, and then they are awesome. However, if one is not feeling black metal, Darkthrone can be outright annoying, which I think explains a lot of the negative reviews this band gets. Also, I consider this a “should hear” band because they are so indicative of Black Metal overall, I would even go so far as to recommend this album over some of Emperor’s albums because this has a raw sound that hasn’t been tweaked and over-produced.
I give this album a 91%, a strong classic, and a must have for those who collect black metal.

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