Best Darkthrone Album

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Transilvanian Hunger 12
A Blaze in the Northern Sky 4
Panzerfaust 4
The Cult Is Alive 1
Hate Them 1
Soulside Journey 0
Ravishing Grimness 0
Preparing for War 0
Sardonic Wrath 0
Plague Wielder 0
Goatlord 0
Total Death 0
Under a Funeral Moon 0
F.O.A.D.0


J0hn D., Friday, 5 October 2007 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

For me, Darkthrone's one of those bands who routinely occupy that "this is the only band I want to listen to, everything else is bullshit" space. Some people think they've been taking the piss for years. Could be! I think Darkthrone's piss-taking beats most bands' seriousness though.

J0hn D., Friday, 5 October 2007 14:27 (thirteen years ago) link

i've only heard the first five. making me no expert. so for me it would be blaze in the northern sky - vs - transilvanian hunger. and transilvanian hunger would win.

scott seward, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:49 (thirteen years ago) link

transilvanian hunger is THE black metal album for me

latebloomer, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Scott you NEED to hear the new one.

As the pollstarter I am keepin' my answer secret 'til the blackened end!

J0hn D., Friday, 5 October 2007 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm tempted to put down 'goatlord' as it's the first one i heard all those years ago, and subsequently played quite a pivotal part in my black metal journey. but i'm gonna go with 'a blaze in the northern sky' - their first venture into black metal, and still my pick for the best thing they've done.

Charlie Howard, Friday, 5 October 2007 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never listened to Darkthrone, but reading the AMG reviews I reckon I'll like this band - do I start at the beginning?

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:08 (thirteen years ago) link

transilvanian hunger cold so cold

Siegbran, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:11 (thirteen years ago) link

First album is Entombed/Therion style death metal. Excellent but unlike anything they did afterwards.

Go with either of the three albums afterwards which are the ones that got them their reputation. A Blaze is a glorious Celtic Frost-meets-Bathory riff-salad, Under A Funeral Moon is the most bleak/morbid/recorded-in-a-crypt sounding one and Transilvanian Hunger is in-your-face relentless minimalist.

Siegbran, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I dig a lot of the lo-fi murky sounding black metal bands so I guess I'll go with Under A Funeral Moon first, thanks!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Even though it's probably not their best album, Transilvanian Hunger is the first one I heard, and stuck with me the most. It's the only one I own. I will admit that I haven't heard about half of the albums on the list, though.

rockapads, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

This is tough. I've only heard albums 2-5, parts of SJ and parts of Cult is Alive. Of the those early ones, I'm tempted to say Under a Funeral Moon but I actually like Panzerfaust a lot.

Mark Clemente, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Got Transilvanian last year in the Tower meltdown -- love it.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

actually i shouldn't say that i've never heard the later stuff. whenever i listen to black metal on lastfm they always play lots of latter-day darkthrone, but i always forget what albums they are from. and i don't think i've heard anything as good as the early stuff.

but i believe that the new stuff is good. i still haven't heard new mayhem either.

scott seward, Friday, 5 October 2007 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

>For me, Darkthrone's one of those bands who routinely occupy that "this is the only band I want to listen to, everything else is bullshit" space.

I have a short list of those myself - Slayer, Motörhead, Amon Amarth...if there was a black metal band on that list, it'd be Immortal.

unperson, Friday, 5 October 2007 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

if the immortal vocalist didn't sound so corny, i might like them more.

Charlie Howard, Saturday, 6 October 2007 02:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Blaze and Funeral Moon have some Bathory-ish tracks and they switched to Celtic Frost mode in Panzerfaust, but Transilvanian Hunger is the album where everything sounds like nobody else.

no-nonsense, Saturday, 6 October 2007 03:16 (thirteen years ago) link

I do not have enough metal cred to have a legit opinion on this, but Northern Sky takes it in my book.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 6 October 2007 03:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I voted for Blaze, but it could've been Transylvanian.

novaheat, Saturday, 6 October 2007 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

but I actually like Panzerfaust a lot.

me too, so i voted thusly. first one i heard (after soulside journey), loud, blasting out of shitty car stereo speakers. the vocals are recorded and mixed so it feels like ted culto's sitting in your lap and screaming at you.

(also realized i'm only 4 cds away from a complete darkthrone collection... i should get on that.)

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Saturday, 6 October 2007 05:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I do not have enough metal cred to have a legit opinion on this, but Northern Sky takes it in my book.

that's imagined baggage Hoos, I don't think metal is as demanding of "cred" (whatever on earth that actually means) as...ahem some other genres maybe are

J0hn D., Saturday, 6 October 2007 13:39 (thirteen years ago) link

of course there'll always be some douche who'll decry you as a noob somewhere or whatever but if your gut is telling you that A Blaze in the Northern Sky is the shit, then your gut is substantially non-different from plenty tr00-est of the tr00 dudes you dig?

J0hn D., Saturday, 6 October 2007 13:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Panzerfaust

TEN HUNGRY WAVES THEY SWALLOWED MY SHIP
OH, I STEADILY WALKED HOME (AND I ONLY GOT WET ON MY FEET

MRZBW, Saturday, 6 October 2007 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 6 October 2007 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i dig

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 6 October 2007 23:37 (thirteen years ago) link

panzerfaust is so great.

govern yourself accordingly, Sunday, 7 October 2007 01:45 (thirteen years ago) link

holy crap is panzerfaust really gonna beat transilvanian hunger?

J0hn D., Sunday, 7 October 2007 03:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Which is the one with the big radio hit again?

Jeff Treppel, Sunday, 7 October 2007 03:41 (thirteen years ago) link

gotta be Emperor's "Curse You All Men," I think that charted in like fifteen countries

J0hn D., Sunday, 7 October 2007 03:47 (thirteen years ago) link

darkthrone have actually charted in norway with 'too old, too cold' and 'nwobhm' (and probably with their two respective albums as well).

as for the poll: it's a tough one. 'under a funeral moon' and 'transilvanian hunger' are the ones where they perfected the stripped-down, minimalist black metal which i suppose they've been credited as the originators of. but for me, it's a choice between 'a blaze in the northern sky' and -yes- 'panzerfaust'.

saxomophone, Sunday, 7 October 2007 10:32 (thirteen years ago) link

t. hunger

tho john is right about the new one being great

strongohulkington, Sunday, 7 October 2007 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I vote for Transilvanian Hunger for being the fantastic aural torture session it is, but A Blaze probably made the biggest impression on me at the time - of course the talk was all there but A Blaze was the first actually *musical* statement the Norwegians made that could not be denied by anyone. First Nordic album on a "credible" label with proper distribution as well (Peaceville was pretty much *the* underground Metal label at the time). We're talking late 1991 here, Burzum hadn't released a note, Mayhem only had the then four year old crappy Deathcrush demo to show, Thorns was busy filling murky rehearsal tapes, Emperor were still writing material for their demo and Immortal were in their 100%-Bathory-clone phase. For nearly every Metalhead outside Norway, A Blaze was the point they really started paying attention to the Norwegian scene.

Siegbran, Sunday, 7 October 2007 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 7 October 2007 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Justice is served!

J0hn D., Sunday, 7 October 2007 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I was out of town this weekend, meant to slip in my vote for Panzerfaust but missed the due date.

FIVE MILLION CHRISTIANS ON A RIDE TOWARDS US
OH, I SLAUGHTERED THE BUNCH WITH ONE SINGLE HIT (WITH MY SPEAR)
FIVE MILLION WOMEN SO ALONE IN THE NIGHT
OH, I HAD THEM ALL SATISFIED PROFUSELY (EVERY NIGHT BY MYSELF)

this is fuckin' great.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link

varg wrote that shit. double CREDABILITIES.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 15:09 (thirteen years ago) link

no votes for Funeral Moon? nobody?

Siegbran, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 18:54 (thirteen years ago) link

i know, crazy

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

well you guys didn't vote for it either!

scott seward, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

with only 22 voters, that sort of thing happens... i voted for 'panzerfaust', guessing that 'transilvanian' and 'a blaze' would get the most ones.

saxomophone, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 21:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Siegbran you'd take Funeral Moon over TH?

J0hn D., Tuesday, 9 October 2007 21:33 (thirteen years ago) link

FIVE MILLION WOMEN SO ALONE IN THE NIGHT
OH, I HAD THEM ALL SATISFIED PROFUSELY (EVERY NIGHT BY MYSELF)

this strains credulity

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

your n00bs are showing h00s, every longstanding BM listener can satisfy five million women and have energy left for cricket

J0hn D., Tuesday, 9 October 2007 22:21 (thirteen years ago) link

FIVE MILLION WOMEN SO ALONE IN THE NIGHT
OH, I HAD THEM ALL SATISFIED PROFUSELY (EVERY NIGHT BY MYSELF)

this is like straight out of a blue song.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:39 (thirteen years ago) link

blueS

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:40 (thirteen years ago) link

darkthrone are the bee's knees

latebloomer, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:45 (thirteen years ago) link

also the cat's pajamas

latebloomer, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:46 (thirteen years ago) link

they might be "the bomb" as well, but don't quote me on that

latebloomer, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 00:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Siegbran you'd take Funeral Moon over TH?

On many days yes - still voted for TH. But Funeral Moon is their "ugliest" album and I'm just surprised nobody had a preference for that.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 10:21 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Thanks to everyone on this thread - I've since listened to A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon and currently listening to Transylvanian Hunger (which is totally awesome). I liked Under a Funeral Moon better than Blaze but I think TH is even better. This band rules!

Colonel Poo, Monday, 12 November 2007 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

did you just link us to the wikipedia entry for Panzerfausts, just checking

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 23:33 (seven years ago) link

At your service, baby.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 06:45 (seven years ago) link

But I'm also happy to point you to Peter Panzerfaust.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 09:00 (seven years ago) link

Hero of the underground resistance.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 11:37 (seven years ago) link

dude, we know what they are.

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 12:21 (seven years ago) link

Sorry, it just sounded like you took offense at a reference to a piece of military hardware by a Metal band.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 12:59 (seven years ago) link

you are misreading basically every input you have here

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 13:28 (seven years ago) link

Ausgebombt!

Øystein, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 17:51 (seven years ago) link

(Sorry, that has nothing to do with anything. Except Sodom. And Sodom probably has everything to do with everything. I take back my apology.)

Looking at Darkthrone on Spotify today (more or less tr00 than CDs? I dunno!) and found that some of the albums had new covers! Plaguewielder and Ravishing Grimness at least. No more old man haunting the woods. Those are incidentally the last two DT albums I've heard -- I should get up to date some day. I do vaguely recall having heard something off FOAD.

Øystein, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 17:56 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Under a Funeral Moon 0

No way. I'm starting to think that Under a Funeral Moon is just my favourite black metal album period. Such infernally catchy songs on that album.

jmm, Monday, 16 December 2013 00:39 (seven years ago) link

F.O.A.D. deserves a vote too, if just the one

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Monday, 16 December 2013 00:42 (seven years ago) link

entering this phase of fandom where I start to obsess on a band's lesser albums is as good a time as any to say that Goatlord is amazing. like a nerdy, home-recorded art-metal thesis. Ruins meets Sabbath, Darkthrone finding their way from death to black metal.

Dominique, Thursday, 19 December 2013 02:17 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Fenriz on FB:
Darkthrone news anyone? it seems we will go to the necrohell 2 studios to record something for the upcoming album already 9 days from now a.k.a next weekend.

Dominique, Thursday, 6 August 2015 14:57 (five years ago) link

what time are they going 2 break 4 lunch

j., Thursday, 6 August 2015 14:58 (five years ago) link

a.k.a. next weekend LOL

I always read Fenriz updates in the style of Propellerhead instructional videos or Amsterdam hostel workers. Yes, I know he's not Dutch.

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Thursday, 6 August 2015 15:04 (five years ago) link

Might look into recording a soft pop album at necrohell 2

(no offence to people) (dog latin), Thursday, 6 August 2015 15:05 (five years ago) link

what time are they going 2 break 4 lunch

whenever they want, I think necrohell 2 is just Fenriz's home studio

Dominique, Thursday, 6 August 2015 15:10 (five years ago) link

fenriz is gonna have 2 stock up on cheetos 8 days from now a.k.a. next friday then

j., Thursday, 6 August 2015 15:16 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2016/08/08/arctic-thunder-darkthrone-returns-with-a-new-album/

music that is more serious and primitive than usual

j., Monday, 8 August 2016 19:49 (four years ago) link

Molecular structure defines
the imaginary balls

j., Monday, 8 August 2016 19:54 (four years ago) link

have to say, all of that sounds good to me, and the cover is definitely of the more old school Darkthrone variety than pretty much anything they've released this century

Also remembering the first time Fenriz referenced the new album was on his radio show, when he was playing Head of the Demon, saying Dthrone's stuff was going to be similarly "introverted". And that would be awesome!

Dominique, Monday, 8 August 2016 19:56 (four years ago) link

also, here is what Amazon UK says is the tracklisting:

1. Tundra Leach - 05:02
2. Burial Bliss - 04:59
3. Boreal Fiends - 05:50
4. Inbred Vermin - 05:49
5. Arctic Thunder - 04:41
6. Throw Me Through the Marshes - 05:00
7. Deep Lake Tresspass - 04:48
8. The Wyoming Distance - 03:14

Dominique, Monday, 8 August 2016 20:04 (four years ago) link

Looking forward to this LAMF

Have you hugged your timeghoul today? (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 8 August 2016 21:22 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

ABITNS 4 lyfe

Neil S, Friday, 4 November 2016 21:20 (four years ago) link

A Blaze In the Northern Sky

Has some weird kinship with the first At The Gates album, despite the different subgenre. Listen to them back to back and see what I mean--they capture a very similar surreal twisted beauty.

punksishippies, Friday, 4 November 2016 21:46 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Listening to Arctic Thunder for the first time and enjoying it. It's their 17th album. Is their later stuff all good? I feel I've stuck to the 3 or 4 classics and maybe lost out...

Duke, Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:29 (four years ago) link

even the ones that didn't seem good to me at some point seem good to me now tbh

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:41 (four years ago) link

Darkthrone are a band that, if you love metal of all stripes, will always deliver. They ape their influences proudly and usually execute well. The only duds in their discography might be the early aughts albums, but if you bookend the middle period with Panzerfaust on one end and F.O.A.D. on the other you're good. I don't mean to disparage the albums from that era but the production is not on par with their best. Arctic Thunder is great, tho.

Yelploaf, Saturday, 7 January 2017 23:55 (four years ago) link

Thanks. So to clarify - Panzerfaust thru to FOAD are to be avoided?

Duke, Sunday, 8 January 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link

Or Total Death thru to The Cult Is Alive?

Duke, Sunday, 8 January 2017 00:03 (four years ago) link

Panzerfaust in the last great album of theirs from the 'classic' era imo. I didn't dig anything after that until FOAD. But again, such a great, dedicated band that I can't really say avoid anything.

Yelploaf, Sunday, 8 January 2017 00:10 (four years ago) link

I listened to Plaguewielder recently and it was better than I remember.

Also, check out Goatloard. Maybe online before you buy it, but to certain weirdos (like me) it's a great, strange record.

that's the thing. last time I listened to FOAD it was way better than it seemed when it was new. they're a smart and good band, and even their ebbs are worth some listens.

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 8 January 2017 01:20 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Hate Them underrated imo

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 June 2017 11:04 (three years ago) link

Hate Them & Sardonic Wrath are the albums I listen to most!

Dominique, Friday, 30 June 2017 14:00 (three years ago) link

Darkthrone!! *puts on Darkthrone*

Duke, Friday, 30 June 2017 20:30 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

the commentary fenriz does for peaceville's reissue of transilvanian hunger is pretty awesome and hilarious. he talks at one point about how important track order is to him and says "that's an important job of being a musician as well! although i don't call myself a musician, that's disgusting." then he takes a beer break

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:06 (two years ago) link

love that man

i watched his "Black Metal 101" lecture last night and spent the night listening to Bathory, Tormentor and Darkthrone.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:47 (two years ago) link

I finally completed my Darkthrone albums collection and have come to the conclusion that it's all pretty good.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:49 (two years ago) link

New Darkthrone album coming soon! 'Old Star'. from fb:

Okay people, soon comes a new serving of Darkthrone! So get ready for the arrival of the Old Star. It’s like the 80s never left! Pre-order here darkthrone.lnk.to/OldStarFA
We are back with the RIFFS and more metal than EVER!!!
Mixed by Sanford Parker & mastered again by our good friend Jack at Enormous Door. The stellar cover artistry comes courtesy of Chadwick St John, titled “The Shepherd of the Deep”

https://scontent-ams3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/54398972_2679102548798327_6766640010419503104_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ht=scontent-ams3-1.xx&oh=950fd2529554792c0f722ea063aa8573&oe=5D4C7CA9

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:22 (two years ago) link

Looking forward to it

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 22 March 2019 10:28 (two years ago) link

As long as it's better than their last six or seven albums, which are a complete blur to me, I look forward to it as well.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 March 2019 10:42 (two years ago) link

I don’t think that at this point we can expect much more from Darkthrone than fun filled 80’s pastiche.

Siegbran, Friday, 22 March 2019 18:12 (two years ago) link

Darkthrone are firmly in Ramones territory for me now tbh. I know they'll never be as good as they were but I'm also not likely to be mad at anything they put out.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 22 March 2019 21:03 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

total death is total-ly underrated

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 04:09 (one year ago) link

agree... love the bass sound and general production and strong material

I think Panzerfaust/TD/Ravishing are a great trilogy, actually.

With an Extreme Burning (aka The Tormentor) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 06:17 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

goooood, I forgot how great Blaze is....

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Monday, 27 July 2020 03:57 (ten months ago) link

six months pass...

There's a riff in Where Cold Winds Blow that sounds like two guitars imitating a chainsaw gone bezerk and i keep replaying that part. A Blaze In The Northern Sky has a LOT to offer

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:33 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

just digging deeper into these dudes... was not aware that they switched over to a more uhhhh punky bikers from hell kinda sound for a bit there. (FOAD and Circle the Wagons). It’s really cool!!!

brimstead, Thursday, 10 June 2021 19:55 (one week ago) link

still haven't heard those! i skipped them and went to the later ones.

need to loop back

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:10 (one week ago) link


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