I’ve heard a lot of jibberish about Darkthrone being this amazingly talented black metal band. No, they’re just some goons who wear funny makeup and play mediocre riffs and shout out infantile punk lyrics. To be fair, they don’t suck, but they’re nowhere on the level of Burzum. Pagan metal will always be better than satanic metal, because heathens have nothing to prove as far as image goes. The only good satanic bands there were (Opeth not included) are Emperor and Ulver. Darkthrone is just trying to scare Judeo-Christians with their ‘brootal’ BM. It’s pretty sad when a band spends more time painting their face for their album’s photo shoot than they do composing the songs. Save your money and buy music from a band that’s not suffering from an incurable case of (…)envy.
2003 reissue of the Scandinavian dark metal act’s 1990 album features 11 tracks plus an exclusive multimedia enhanced interview with the band (Chapter 1), packaged in a digipak. Peaceville.
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Anyone who says darkthrone are amazingly talented is lying.Anyone who believes them is an idiot.No dakthrone are not amazingly talented they make god awful noise and scream blasphemy.And thats the way it should be.Remember back in the early 90s before 14 year old kids in Lamb of God shirts went to slipknot shows and called themselves metal?If you do you would already own this,If you dont why are you wanting a darkthrone Cd?.This is not so much the Black metal they are nowadays reknowned for this is somewhere in between black/Death and doom metal.Its nothing special its your basic mid tempo metal with the odd change and some twisted lyrics.I think its more for those who want a piece of black metal history than those who want some brutal black metal.More of a collectors album i say. (opeth satanic? WTF?)
I just don’t see why this album isn’t liked all that much. I think it’s one of the better Death Metal albums ever released. This was also my first Death Metal album.The level of musicianship on this album is amazing, especially compared to Darkthrone’s later releases, which were very primitive and minimalistic in songwriting (not a bad thing; I also love their later stuff as well). This album shows a lot of promise, and I’ve been wondering for awhile how Darkthrone would be today if they’d stayed in the Death Metal path. This reminds me of some other bands, like Entombed or Slipknot for example, who played Death Metal in the beginning (check Entombed’s Left Hand Path and Clandestine, and Slipknot’s Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.), but have changed their style around a bit (Entombed adding Rock influences, Slipknot becoming Nu Metal).Every song here is great, but if I had to pick a favorite, it’d probably be Sempiternal Sepulchrality. Other good songs include every song here. In fact, I’m FAR from being a big fan of instrumentals (on Metallica’s first four albums, the only instrumental I can enjoy is Anesthesia – Pulling Teeth from Kill ‘Em All), but the two instrumentals present here (Track 4, Accumulation of Generalization, and track 11, Eon) are great songs, which aren’t pretentious and dragged-out, and they actually enhance the mood of the album as a whole.Every song here except for the instrumental tracks has at least one guitar solo. Nocturno Culto’s solos are some of the best I’ve ever heard. I honestly can’t tell who’s singing on this album though. No one in the lineup is listed as a singer, but Fenriz is listed as lyricist. In the interviews on this digipak version, from what I remember, neither Fenriz nor Nocturno Culto say who sings on this album. Although I have a feeling it’s Fenriz, because I know he sings on Darkthrone’s early demoes, yet the vocals here sound different. Oh well.Overall, like the title of this review says, this is a true Death Metal classic. Few other Death Metal albums I’ve heard measure up to this (one album that is just as good, if not better, is Nile’s Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka). The music is very technical, yet very atmospheric (the keyboards in certain parts remind me of a combo of Morbid Angel’s Altars of Madness and Nocturnus’ Ethereal Tomb), and envokes unique moods just like Under A Funeral Moon or Transilvanian Hunger. If you find this in a store near you, or on Ebay or whatever, I highly reccomend this album.
The first time I heard Darkthrone’s debut album I felt I was “soaring through damp air”, over old crypts and dolmen-studded hillsides. There was something mystical at work that distinguished it from the vast majority of death metal at the time. In the days when ‘black metal’ referred to lyrical content rather than a musical ’sound’, Darkthrone were one of the few death metal bands with a spiritual imprint to their music. Even the song titles were mysterious and evocative: ‘Sunrise Over Locus Mortis’, ‘Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia’, ‘The Watchtower’. If more death metal had been of this caliber, then it might not have stagnated into the robotic technical phenomenon it later became.
Not that there is any shortage of technical skill to be found on ‘Soulside Journey’, where Fenriz’s drumming in particular changes pattern nearly every second bar. But technicality in itself means nothing without atmosphere or emotional intensity, and the atmospheres of ‘Soulside Journey’ are still enticing today. Haunting, impressionist lyrics and cold, autumnal guitar elevates this far above the herd of 90s death metal, and points the way to the revolutionary black metal of their next album ‘A Blaze in the Northern Sky’.
Quite frankly I think that this album stands as a pinnacle of creative songwriting among the early Scandinavian death and black metal bands, which is saying alot. There is so much going on in each song but you could never call it confusing, the tunes just grow organically as if you can see the band hashing em out at an all night jam session righ before your eyes. Darkthrone were all about making supremely atmospheric music that is above all memorable and full of character. I will say that Soulside Journey, Goatlord, to some extent BITNS are a bit of a clusterf*%k compositionally but that is part of their considerable charm. Soulside Journey is a classick of complex death metal.