7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2004
Darkthrone are a band that define a genre and with this album have created one of the definitive Black Metal albums.
Each track is extremly brutal and has a distinctly cold feeling throughout, which embodies the spirit of Black Metal as a whole.
Anybody looking to get into the genre would be wise to start here.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you want to form a true black metal band then this is quite simply the unholy blue print for unsuccess. After Bathory's "Bathory" (1984), "The Return" (1985) and "Under the Sign of the Black Mark"(1987) there are no other albums that accurately represents what true black metal is meant to sound like, apart from other Darkthrone albums. Anyone immersed at the very extreme end of black metal will bear witness to the fact all true black metal strives to sound like this. So many people complain about the poor production, which I will admit for anyone approaching this for the first time from a more mainstream angle that it can at first be difficult to appreciate. This however is part of what makes it truly great. Some would say that this record is cold sounding, which is true. It is what would become known as the Necro sound. All the aesthetic principles of true black metal are present here from the buzzing sound of the guitar, the rattling sound of the "summoning", the satanic poetry to the black and white monochromatic artwork. This is a great introduction to best and most rewarding branch of black metal and the foundation upon which all other true black metal is built. Start here with Darkthrone and get the Bathory albums also, after that you're on your own because where this went does not appear on Amazon. Darkthrone were and are the most important band in the black metal underground in the nineties. Also check out "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" "Transylvanian Hunger" "Panzerfaust".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2010
I've only recently discovered this band.This particular release is phenomanal from start to finish. Despite much ado about the production values (or lack of them),every track is a winner.Just when you think they might run out of ideas, another brutal buzzsaw riff is pulled out from a seemingly bottomless and dark pit. The new remastering job brings a little bit of clarity to the proceedings whilst retaining the truly unique atmosphere of the original recordings. An absolute classic and I'm not a huge BM fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
I have owned this album for sometime now, but still it draws me back for repeat listens. I do not understand why people slate the sound quality, i have never found it to have an affect on my listening experiance - It is raw, harsh and chilling.
Buy this album, if you have any interest at all in Black Metal.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2003
Upon first listen to this record I wondered why it was described as a classic black metal album and why so many bands name check them as influences but only through repeated listens did I realise the evil magic that lies in the album. The production is very 'tinny' and sounds like it has been recorded in a massive hall but this adds a speical magic to the album, you can't really imagine a glossy production after reading the lyrics. The music is brutal, fast and uncomprimising the way all true metal should be played unlike the safe sound of nu-metal. This is a must for any extreme music fan but be warned it is not for everyone. Listening to it though might make you want to wear make-up and start running around the streets screaming satanical versues so be warned kiddies lock your doors and hide the key when you put this beast on at midnight ( only joking, hehheh).
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
this is black metal at its harshest,its coldest,its most sinister,all the tracks are evil and great,no track really stands out above the others but that is not a bad thing,this is a true classic of black metal,you need this if you claim to like black metal