Saturday Slaylist 24/09/16: Darkthrone

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Darkthrone circa 2015

If you’ve kept your eyes and ears peeled for all the latest news in metal, I’m sure you will have undoubtedly heard about Darkthrone this past week. Although the news that their drummer Fenriz was elected to his local town council under ironic circumstances is humorous, the real news that should be grabbing the headlines is the impending release of their latest opus: Arctic Thunder. So in preparation, I’ve compiled this weeks Slaylist to focus solely on the bands back catalogue.

Since the band formed in Norway in 1987, Darkthrone has revolved around the creative duo of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. In that time they have released 15 albums and countless demos, all of which document the band’s ever-changing creative direction. Although their debut album (1991’s Soulside Journey) was a straight forward death metal album, the band soon became integrated into the then thriving Norwegian black metal scene populated by acts such as Mayhem, Emperor and Burzum. This change in style culminated in the release of three albums (A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under A Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger) that were highly regarded not just in the band’s native Norway scene, but in black metal in general.

From that point onwards the band started to incorporate punk and crust influences into their work, to varying degrees of success, up until 2004’s Sardonic Wrath– an album that many fans and critics consider to be their last black metal album. Subsequent albums have seen the band draw upon a wealth of influences from Motorhead to Mercyful Fate, as well as many UK punk bands that Fenriz admires, which have helped the band to create one of the most diverse and divisive bodies of work in metal.

For this Slaylist I’ve taken a single track from each of the band’s albums, with the exception of A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under A Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger, as I feel these albums are significant cornerstones of Darkthrone’s career. If this hour and a half’s worth of music takes your fancy, then perhaps you should consult the album guide I’ve left below to allow you to discover more from the band.

 

Essential

  • A Blaze In The Northern Sky (1992)
  • Under A Funeral Moon (1993)
  • Transilvanian Hunger (1994)

Highly Recommended

  • Panzerfaust (1995)

Recommended

  • Soulside Journey (1991)
  • Total Death (1996)
  • The Cult Is Alive (2006)
  • Circle The Wagons (2010)

Wild Card

  • F.O.A.D. (2007)

Fans Only

  • Ravishing Grimness (1999)
  • Hate Them (2003)
  • Sardonic Wrath (2004)
  • The Underground Resistance (2013)

Avoid

  • Plaguewielder (2001)
  • Dark Thrones And Black Flags (2008)

 

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