One person found this helpful. Dark Throne!! Rules and this album is way better than there previous contribution! Cold, raw, and old-school. This is probably my favorite of Darkthrone's "new" albums. There are still some crusty bits here, but the record still maintains and old school black metal feel.
Not like old Darkthrone exactly but still It's a great record. Not like old Darkthrone exactly but still great.
Probably the best record of Excellent album as always, very heavy riffing but very short it almost feel like just a side B. Give us more tracks next time!!!! Modern, Classic, Black Metal Album. Great album. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Ordered the rsd picture disc - but received the black vinyl version - ok for the price but wanted the picture disc - will keep as i do not have the album but disappointing as Amazon are usually pretty good and i do order a lot of vinyl through them!!!
Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. The band maintained that course until when it released "The Underground Resistance" , which marked another pivotal moment. The dynamic duo of Fenriz and Nocturne Culto , who handles all vocals this time, has returned, throwing another curve ball with 's "Arctic Thunder" , studio album number 17, for those who are counting. It's also the bands most obvious flirtation with the archetypal style of black metal they helped establish.
Retrieved 22 October Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 October Frostland Tapes. Categories : Darkthrone albums albums Peaceville Records albums. Arctic Thunder 6. Throw Me Through the Marshes 7. Deep Lake Tresspass 8. The Wyoming Distance. Early in the group's career, Darkthrone shed the death metal roots and jogging suits and helped found what we now consider Norwegian black metal.
Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the release of that classic album and Darkthrone has continued to mold this sound. The old school metal vibe is inherent in the album title alone, which Fenriz used to pay homage to the obscure Norwegian heavy metal band of the same name. There is a fist-pumping, triumphant heavy metal sound that pervades the album. The title track lives up to the style of the band being honored in having a traditional, British heavy metal sound.
Fenriz has commented on that record being influenced by some of the best underground metal bands from the eighties including Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, and Agent Steel. Nocturnal Culto has always created excellent riffs and this particular one is an instant classic.
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Dargum April 12, Report. One was sealed with the lp and digital download card while the other one wasn't sealed and just the cover. I don't know if I suppose to get the second orange cover or if I just was lucky?
When I saw the classy cover for their damn! But like most of those who got fooled by the eye-candy of the dark, vintage photo on the cover, I found that Arctic Thunder is nothing more than a logical extension of their previous material, the solid The Underground Resistance. It's not the old school black metal found on A Blaze in the Northern Sky , though it definitely has its charm.
Doomy, somber riffs are given a black coating, amidst a mid-paced march designed for mid-paced head-banging. Sometimes a slightly sped-up tempo might be used, but this is the exception rather than the norm.
The guitar tone is one of the most fulfilling aspects of the album. Not too raw, but dirty enough to make one think of black metal occasionally. The riffs are not particularly memorable I must say, but not bad either.
The compositions are pretty straightforward, like the steady march of a battalion of tanks rolling over blasted, smokey plains after combat. Some changes in pace and a couple of variation in riffs keep them from becoming monotonous, but only marginally.
The bass is present, but takes a backseat to the guitars and the drums, which just have the perfect volume. The plates have also that half-crispy, half-raspy tone of the guitars, and complement the latter quite nicely.
As for Nocturno Culto's vocals, you know what you get; Norwegian guttural finesse, of course, still sounding like an undead version of the late and beloved Lemmy. Not very thunderous nor arctic as its title and cover imply, but definitely has some of those characteristics appear from time to time, like distant fires on a scarcely populated prehistoric tundra.
It is an album that can be enjoyed as a whole in one listen, like good records should, but independent songs can also be enjoyed on their own. It will appeal to most fans of the band, while it won't stir much of a reaction from other metalheads. If this is the first Darkthrone material you listen to and you happen to enjoy it, then I urge you to experience the rest of their discography. If you didn't like it, well, I also urge you to do the same, since these guys have given so much to metal and their back catalogue is varied and interesting throughout most of its stages.
Darkthrone remains Darkthrone, and that's just it. Originally written for Metal Recusants [metalrecusants. For better or worse, Darkthrone have existed in a vacuum, at the very least since the time of The Cult is Alive and probably long before that as well.
By that, I mean that they seem to be impervious to anything that's gone on outside their little bubble, nor does it appear like the outside world is influenced much at all but whatever they're doing. Darkthrone were always immune to weak trends and the opinions of others, but at this point, it truly feels like the "scene" doesn't even register.
Where once they were cutting edge and out to provoke, the band has devolved or developed? What kind of tunes have Ted and Gylve been listening to these days? If you're not sure, just wait until they release an album, then all will be revealed. When you consider the kind of weight albums like A Blaze in the Northern Sky and Under a Funeral Moon had, and still have in black metal with their numberless clones, it is kind of remarkable to see them turn in on themselves.
Depending on where my music taste has been at the time, I've ever respected or dismissed them for this. While I can say I'm again impressed by Darkthrone 's thick authenticity as they return "to their roots" on Arctic Thunder , I also think people would be a lot less forgiving towards the generally unimaginative and amateurish material if it was literally any other band playing.
Darkthrone have embraced this self-conscious "fuck the scene" mentality as a sort of armour. You could criticize them all you want, but it wouldn't mean anything. They're doing exactly the kind of music they want to make at this point in their lives, and to their credit, you can definitely hear that youthlike passion in almost every album they've made.
Arctic Thunder did come as a surprise. Even if it's scarcely different than the slower-marching black metal they did on Hate Them a decade ago, they had given every reason to believe that the Darkthrone name was now permanently dissociated from future black metal recordings.
I suppose calling it "black metal" in the purest sense would be wrong; even if this is the closest they've gotten since Sardonic Wrath , you can still tell they've been listening to true heavy metal more often than not. The riffs are perfectly capable and plenty ballsy, proving that a passion for the classics is usually the most important thing involved in crafting heavy metal riffs.
I'm most happy for the fact that Nocturno Culto's vocals are back in full, and they sound just as pissed off and aggressive here as they did on Panzerfaust. Even if Arctic Thunder comes across more or less as another Hate Them informed by all of the vintage 80s worship they've concocted since, they haven't lost their fire for their craft.
At worst or best though, you pretty much know exactly what you're getting with a new Darkthrone album.Oct 08, · Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder () Album Photo by grooove. Format: CD. 18 likes. 50 Darkthrone Album Photos.