A Blaze In The Northern Sky Original recording remastered
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"A Blaze In The Northern Sky", Darkthrone's second album, was originally issued in 1992 and was without question the blueprint release for the Black Metal scene. An album that defined the now ubiquitous phrase 'True Norwegian Black Metal', it was hailed on release as an album of true scene shifting greatness. The album that saw a whole new blacker than black Darkthrone.
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From the spooky–sounding intro and into “Kathaarian Life Code”, the first thing that strikes you about this album is the production. ‘A Blaze in the Northern Sky’ is one of the rawest sounding records released and will come as a shock to anyone new to the genre. Fortunately, the sound quality acts as the perfect complement to the songs, and if anything, adds to the atmosphere; you could easily picture this being played by the band in a cold icy forest. Besides, Darkthrone were never one to rely on glitzy production jobs — their music was always good enough to speak for itself.
Which brings us to the actual music. All six of the songs on offer are fantastic and amongst the band’s best. From the evil feel and complicated riffing of “Kathaarian Life Code”, to the twisted genius of the title track, Darkthrone have pulled out all the stops here to produce an absolute beast of an album. The musicianship here is top–notch. Fenriz’s awesome drumming and the fantastic guitar work courtesy of Zephyrous and Nocturno Culto were made for each other, whilst the vocals (also by Nocturno Culto) are throaty growls which fit neatly on top, his consistent performance making the album sound that bit more evil and atmospheric.Read more ›
A person associated with Black Metal once reminded not to mistake lack of talent with genius. The walk along this extremely narrow grid seems to be quite fitting with Darkthrone: The value of musical skill? Naught. The song-writing? A catastrophe to any Primary music teacher. The sound quality? A bit like a faulty electric razor. The music itself? A cacophony that could not be worse; the album sounds a little like a few kids who figured out how to mess with the gain pedal and the guitar, the vocals a bit like a chain smoker after 45 years. And now you wonder why Peaceville heavily reconsidered having ever signed them?
So what is it then that deserves this album 5 stars? Well, it is easy: The songs are killers; and the minimalistic setting only happens to highlight an atmosphere so dark and cold that Satan himself is hiding behind a sofa. Nocturno Culto's voice is genius, too, raspy as it is - grimmer than any horror movie and frostier than the deepest reach of Siberia. Not to speak of Zephyrous' utter rape of the guitar, nor of the trollish battery delivered by Fenriz.
So as it is, I would certainly not recommend to listen to this album alone in a dark wood. The old quote of "Black Metal ist Krieg" (Black Metal is war) could not be more fitting to this album, and if you're a fan of the likes of Bathory or Burzum, then you've not lived until you've heard this album; it is simply one of the best BM albums ever recorded, and should not be missing from any CD collection, at least not in the collections of those that boast themselves "True Black Metallers". Congratulations to Darkthrone for creating a masterpiece for all eternity!
Evil never sounded so great, or so viscerally exciting.
The Guitars have always been my favourite part of Darkthrone and this album showcases some of their better riffs and lead breaks and although simple really have great effect. The drumming is also very cool and they use a thunderous sound that I am very envious of and would love to know how they acheive it.
Buy this album if you are interested in the slightest in black metal and I am sure it will convert you! one thing to note may be that the sound quality may sound poor upon first listen but like me you will grow to love this effect and find that given chance will really add to the atmosphere of your listening experiance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible album. One of the best black metal albums in my opinion!Published 4 months ago by S W Ainwright
Wow. My first Darkthrone album and this is seriously good stuff. Heavy and scary as hell. The reviews make it seem that the production is terrible but it is not that bad. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doctor Dr X
It's not often I right reviews but this album is truly awesome! There's not much to add to what's already been said, but I felt I had to point out a couple of things. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Ross
This is a monumental album, but it lacks the utter coldness of Funeral moon or Transilvanian hunger, the riffs are more conventional on this album. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by moominlynne
Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky is a masterpiece of lofi Black Metal, right up there with Emperor "In The Nightside Eclipse" and Mayhem "De Mysteriis Dom... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by DJSATAN
Now with such a biased title, it shouldn't be too hard to tell how much I love this album. It's an all time favourite and I genuinely believe that it is the best black metal album... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2010 by Dominic Goulding
This album changed my life. I purchased the 'Total Death' album when it came out in 1996 and was not impressed. Read morePublished on 19 May 2009 by Arrrrrrrach
It took me ages to get into this. Ages. When I first heard the title track on a Peaceville compilation tape in 1991 I thought it was great. Read morePublished on 10 July 2006 by Tom