Arctic Thunder (LP)


Darkthrone

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Amoeba Review

10/11/2016

When people talk about Norwegian black metal, they're talking about Darkthrone. The duo has been shredding ears and pounding bodies with ferocious vocals, endless guitar shredding, and noisy drums for nearly 30 years. Decades later, they're still the legends in an ever-expanding genre. Arctic Thunder returns them to their roots of primitive, primal metal that is under-produced and recorded raw in an old '80s rehearsal space, The Bomb Shelter. The flat, wall of sound created by the space makes it sound like it was recorded straight to tape and mastered inside of a cardboard box. But this only adds to the heavy, oppressive quality of their music. From the opening power riff of "Tundra Leach" the epic album starts with a five-minute song in three parts. Beginning with a sludgy rhythm and howling vocals, the track slowly builds until it's going 100mph and doesn't give you a single second to breathe. "Burial Bliss" sounds straight from the '80s thrash metal scene and steps away from their black metal sound. Slow, meticulous rhythms are tossed out for some perfect punk infusion as the fast riff goes out of control with vocals that are almost operatic when they're paired up. The title track is a meticulous rocker that shows the heritage of metal from its early influences in bands like Mountain. With a prominent cowbell clang and a riff that, if toned down, could almost fit into a '70s heavy rocker, this is as headbanging as the album gets, but through Darkthone it's a brutal anthem that could paralyze its listener. Darkthrone is as heavy as heavy gets and Arctic Thunder might be one of their heaviest. Play this loud!



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Tundra Leach
Darkthrone 05:02
2.
Burial Bliss
Darkthrone 04:59
3.
Boreal Fiends
Darkthrone 05:50
4.
Inbred Vermin
Darkthrone 05:49


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Arctic Thunder
Darkthrone 04:41
2.
Throw Me Through the Marshes
Darkthrone 05:00
3.
Deep Lake Tresspass
Darkthrone 04:48
4.
The Wyoming Distance
Darkthrone 03:12

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