The next thousand years...ARE OWERRZZZ!!!,
This review is from: A Blaze In The Northern Sky (Audio CD)
This album changed my life. I purchased the 'Total Death' album when it came out in 1996 and was not impressed. I was used to death metal and a few BM bands like Emperor and early COF. What is this? weak, boring. Never mind, skip forward 3 years and I hear 'The Pagan Winter' on a peaceville sampler and I cannot believe what I am hearing; this song is so primal, unrelenting and evil! I went out immediately and got hold of the album, only to find that it not only effortlessly clawed the same feelings out of me for its entire duration, but that it surpassed my wildest dreams of what it would be.
From the poisoned chants that introduce 'Kathaarian life code' to those that carry the album to silence, there is nothing here that does not evoke a truly primal evil. The song writing is Darkthrone's best, made totally black by Fenriz hitting his drumkit like the object of his hatred that he does not quite understand, often pausing to comprehend and then sporadically batter as if to check for life before launching into another long segment of total oppression.
I have little idea how to describe how this music sounds to someone who is unfamiliar to black metal, other than stating that it is fairly progressive yet monotonous, punky, abrasive, completely submerged in an evil atmosphere, frenzied and slightly possessed; possession being what all great black metal should sound like. To those familiar with the genre, this is a milestone.
So, after digesting this album, I got hold of all the Darkthrone releases I could find, then gave 'Total Death' another chance. This time, I could see where they were coming from and had to take back many things I'd said about the album (I'd already taken back everything I'd said about the band)! Then I chose black metal.