I find it difficult to believe that anyone listening to a Darkthrone album would be offended or put off by any sort of change in their sound. Darkthrone have always done what they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it. First they were death metal, then they tried black metal and now they play what is really a hybrid of both styles with some thrash and punk mixed in. And what is wrong with this? The band that never seemed to change was changing all of the time. The faithful Darkthrone fans saw this and never cared. “Darkthrone is Darkthrone” they would say. Others, who were on the outside of the beast, would sit and stare, wondering what the appeal was.
“What is the appeal?” you ask. The appeal is this: Darkthrone play for themselves. They play music that is real and genuine, without any pretense or cloak of glamour. If you don’t like them, they really don’t care. This is why they have never really made it out of the underground but, as they have spoken many times, they don’t care. This is the kind of attitude you will get with this album. It’s punkish, brash, heavy and alltogether enjoyable. The songs and production are all very primitive sounding, much like F.O.A.D., but even more primitive. Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have transcended the “black metal” scene and become a style of music all their own. Some may hate it, some may love it, but Darkthrone are Darkthone.