DARKTHRONE — Transilvanian Hunger (review)

DARKTHRONE — Transilvanian Hunger album cover Album · 1994 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Warthur
The album which inspired the musical approach of every kvlter-than-thou black metal band out there, Transilvanian Hunger bursts forth with more enthusiasm, energy and anger than any preceding Darkthrone album. Produced in the wake of the killing of Euronymous, which rocked the entire Norwegian scene, Darkthrone poured oil on the fire with their provocative use of lyrics by Varg Vikernes, though the lyrics themselves aren't that contentious. What's really shocking, though, is the sheer anger and passion the duo are able to convey with the carefully optimised lo-fi production (lo-fi enough to make the guitars good and fuzzy, not so lo-fi that you can't make out what's going on) and the stark, cold atmosphere of the thing.

With the occasional tape defect working its way in thanks to the recording techniques, this isn't for everyone, but I personally like it that way - the odd glitch makes it feel as though the album is some kind of contraband not meant for mortal ears, putting the listener in the position of a voyeur spying on Fenriz and Nocturno Culto's weird black metal rituals in the depths of the Norwegian wastes. Not something to listen to regularly, but a powerful experience whenever I give it a spin.
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