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.


Darkthrone- A New Dimension (1988)

Everyone says how Darkthrone used to be good, and now they suck and bla, bla, bla… So I found one of their demo tapes from 1988 in order to put that theory to the test.
Darkthrone started out as a death metal band and progressed into black metal during the early days of the scene in Norway and then progressed onward from there over the years. A two man band consisting of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, both of whom have been involved in numerous side-projects, but Darkthrone has remained their main band over the years. Reading the reviews on Metallum it is obvious that no one want to say good things about them anymore because they are so popular and commercial and their sound has evolved over time.
Now that the background has been set for a review of this demo, I can confidently say that it’s Darkthrone. Peroid. True, this demo is more death metal, and was recorded before “true” black metal. However it is defiantly Darkthrone, catchy, slightly jerky, dark, and this demo is entirely instrumental.
I like it, it has the raw, less refined sound that is typical of many demos, and while in recent years they have put out a few questionable songs, but what band hasn’t that has been around twenty-five years? This is not Darkthrone’s strongest recording, but it is good (and a demo) and I would give it a score of 90%. This is an excellent introduction to death and black metal and Darkthrone; a classic.


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