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Darkthrone is an influential Norwegian black metal band. They formed in 1986 as a death metal group in Kolbotn, Norway. After embracing the black metal style in 1991, they became a driving force in the Norwegian black metal scene. For most of this period Darkthrone has consisted of just two musicians; Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. They claim to be influenced by punk and have sought to remain outside the music mainstream. Recently their music has incorporated more crust punk traits.

The band that would become Darkthrone formed during 1986 in Kolbotn, a small suburb of Oslo. They were a death metal group by the name of Black Death, and its members were Gylve Nagell, Ivar Enger and Anders Risberget. In 1988 the band changed their name to Darkthrone and were joined by Ted Skjellum and Dag Nilsen. During 1988 and 1989 the band independently released four demo tapes: "Land of
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DARKTHRONE albums / top albums

DARKTHRONE Soulside Journey album cover 3.92 | 27 ratings
Soulside Journey
Death Metal 1991
DARKTHRONE A Blaze in the Northern Sky album cover 4.10 | 37 ratings
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Black Metal 1992
DARKTHRONE Under a Funeral Moon album cover 3.71 | 28 ratings
Under a Funeral Moon
Black Metal 1993
DARKTHRONE Transilvanian Hunger album cover 4.17 | 35 ratings
Transilvanian Hunger
Black Metal 1994
DARKTHRONE Panzerfaust album cover 4.03 | 24 ratings
Black Metal 1995
DARKTHRONE Total Death album cover 2.97 | 9 ratings
Total Death
Black Metal 1996
DARKTHRONE Goatlord album cover 3.22 | 9 ratings
Black Metal 1996
DARKTHRONE Ravishing Grimness album cover 3.26 | 10 ratings
Ravishing Grimness
Black Metal 1999
DARKTHRONE Plaguewielder album cover 2.50 | 9 ratings
Black Metal 2001
DARKTHRONE Hate Them album cover 3.87 | 10 ratings
Hate Them
Black Metal 2003
DARKTHRONE Sardonic Wrath album cover 3.19 | 8 ratings
Sardonic Wrath
Black Metal 2004
DARKTHRONE The Cult Is Alive album cover 3.54 | 10 ratings
The Cult Is Alive
Black Metal 2006
DARKTHRONE F.O.A.D. album cover 3.32 | 10 ratings
Crust Punk 2007
DARKTHRONE Dark Thrones and Black Flags album cover 3.33 | 11 ratings
Dark Thrones and Black Flags
Crust Punk 2008
DARKTHRONE Circle the Wagons album cover 3.57 | 17 ratings
Circle the Wagons
Crust Punk 2010
DARKTHRONE The Underground Resistance album cover 4.18 | 17 ratings
The Underground Resistance
Heavy Metal 2013
DARKTHRONE Arctic Thunder album cover 3.59 | 10 ratings
Arctic Thunder
Black Metal 2016
DARKTHRONE Old Star album cover 3.74 | 10 ratings
Old Star
Black Metal 2019
DARKTHRONE Eternal Hails...... album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Eternal Hails......
Doom Metal 2021


DARKTHRONE Crusade From The North album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crusade From The North
Black Metal 1996
DARKTHRONE Under Beskyttelse Av Mørke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Under Beskyttelse Av Mørke
Black Metal 2005
DARKTHRONE Too Old Too Cold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Old Too Cold
Black Metal 2006
DARKTHRONE Forebyggende krig album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Forebyggende krig
Black Metal 2006
DARKTHRONE New Wave of Black Heavy Metal album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
New Wave of Black Heavy Metal
Crust Punk 2007

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DARKTHRONE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DARKTHRONE Land of Frost album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Land of Frost
Death Metal 1988
DARKTHRONE A New Dimension album cover 2.33 | 2 ratings
A New Dimension
Death Metal 1988
DARKTHRONE Thulcandra album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 1989
DARKTHRONE Cromlech album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1989

DARKTHRONE re-issues & compilations

DARKTHRONE Preparing for War album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Preparing for War
Black Metal 2000
DARKTHRONE Frostland Tapes album cover 4.14 | 3 ratings
Frostland Tapes
Black Metal 2008
DARKTHRONE Sempiternal Past album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sempiternal Past
Black Metal 2011
DARKTHRONE Introducing Darkthrone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Darkthrone
Black Metal 2013
DARKTHRONE Black Death And Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Death And Beyond
Black Metal 2014
DARKTHRONE The Wind Of 666 Black Hearts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wind Of 666 Black Hearts
Black Metal 2016

DARKTHRONE singles (2)

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Leave No Cross Unturned (Edit)
Heavy Metal 2013
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Burial Bliss / Visual Aggression
Black Metal 2017

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Album · 2019 · Black Metal
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Perhaps Arctic Thunder was just something Darkthrone had to get out of their system - a necessary creative purging before moving on to this. Old Star sounds much more like the followup to The Underground Resistance that a lot of us were expecting than Arctic Thunder does. Whereas the latter album felt more like "blackened heavy metal" than a full-on black metal release, this time around Darkthrone deliver up black metal with a strong influence from the genre's roots in thrash (via Bathory or Venom) and traditional heavy metal (via Mercyful Fate), with more of an emphasis on the thrash this time than on Arctic Thunder. I wouldn't put it above The Underground Resistance, which I consider to be the pinnacle of Darkthrone's current sound, but it's pretty damn good in its own right.

DARKTHRONE Arctic Thunder

Album · 2016 · Black Metal
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The Underground Resistance saw Darkthrone adopt a sort of "blackened heavy metal" approach, combining their usual grim darkness with juicy riffs reminiscent of the more hard-edged 1980s traditional heavy metal bands. It was pretty good too - a sort of return to the first wave of black metal's approach, with the lessons learned from subsequent decade to hand to add spice.

Arctic Thunder, however, doesn't succeed quite so well. The heavy metal dial is turned up even further, the black metal is dialled back a bit but for the vocals, and perhaps worst of all, whilst the music is entertaining enough, it's not more than that. The overall experience is a bit like sitting in on a practice session of your buddy's band who play in his garage and drink beer and tend to drink a bit more beer than they play actual music and are cool with that, but do a decent job of turning out the material and might have done something more interesting with their talents had they applied themselves.

It's not a bad album, mind - it's fun when you're in the right mood for it - but we know that Darkthrone can do better, even in this general style. Three and a half stars, on the verge of losing that half star at that.

DARKTHRONE Arctic Thunder

Album · 2016 · Black Metal
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Whilst most Darkthrone fans would probably point to their early ground breaking black metal albums like Transilvanian Hunger as the pinnacle of their long career my own preference is for 2013’s The Underground Resistance which to this point remains a bit of an anomaly in their back catalogue. There’s no denying the importance of those early albums but the injection of traditional metal into The Underground Resistance, especially after a run of more primitive sounding crust punk infused records, was a breath of fresh air and featured some of their most potent and powerful riffs ever. I was hoping for more of the same with Arctic Thunder so was initially a bit disappointed when the band appears to have made a U-turn and returned to a more mid-period streamlined sound. The production is more of that era too; in fact it’s positively slick by Darkthrone standards warming up the cold atmosphere of the album.

A few plays though and Arctic Thunder is growing on me. It’s a simpler and more direct album than The Underground Resistance but there’s still much to enjoy and is unmistakably the sound of Darkthrone so fans should be generally happy. This time round there’s no shared vocals with Nocturno Culto taking the lot. Songs like opener Tundra Leach, Arctic Thunder and Inbred Vermin make the biggest impact with the strongest riffs, the latter being particularly potent. Boreal Leach slows things right down until near the end and despite some fairly fierce tremolo picked and doom laden riffing is quite atmospheric. Throw Me Through The Marshes doomy riff belies its simplicity turning it into an album highlight. Whilst there’s nothing bad on Arctic Thunder songs like Burial Bliss and The Wyoming Distance are less memorable being Darkthrone by numbers and with only eight tracks on offer you want them all to be killers.

Arctic Thunder probably won’t end up being anyone’s favourite Darkthrone album but despite a couple of lack lustre tracks it’s still a very good one and I prefer the overall sound to that of their early classics, not being much of a fan of that harsh and thin second wave black metal sound. Definitely worth a listen then.

DARKTHRONE A Blaze in the Northern Sky

Album · 1992 · Black Metal
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Following an introduction that is eerily crystal clear and recorded during a time when the sun's rays shone down from the heavens above, we encounter a dark sinister muffled cacophonous din that signifies an ensuing journey of three Norwegians by the names Nocturno Culto, Zephyrous and Fenriz accompanied by their soon to be departed friend Dag.

The group takes us on a journey into the darkness of the northern Norwegian forests in the middle of the Pagan winter where their journey is illuminated by a sonic tension that serves as a kind of black metal radar that had to be invented for the previous death metal variety alone no longer served this purpose. An unholy union of the two took place.

On a course of approximately 42 minutes, the group continues their thunderous ride throughout the darkened lands where the threats of the shadowed horns of masterless demons thwart their progress to the promised lands. During the most desperate hours a sudden blaze in the northern sky serves as a guide to the direction in which the band would continue to unlock the Unholy Trinity.

Once unlocked the Trinity would serve as a template for other less adventurous souls to embark on a similar journey that DARKTHRONE had already set forth and with the remains of which would continue to reverberate into the present day. Part one of the trilogy is a masterpiece of epic proportions that has been laid upon us.

DARKTHRONE The Underground Resistance

Album · 2013 · Heavy Metal
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The arc of Darkthrone's ongoing genre meanderings curves away from the crust punk they'd been wallowing in on recent releases. Instead, The Underground Resistance comes across as a celebration of classic black metal - not the Norwegian wave of which Darkthrone were themselves pioneers, but the first wave in the 1980s which served as their inspiration. Hints of Venom, Celtic Frost, early Bathory and even Mercyful Fate (the latter particularly evident in some of the guitar solos) are replete throughout the album, which has a brash, dirty sound which at the same time isn't afraid to pull in some traditional heavy metal influence here and there.

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