Darkthrone - Circle the Wagons

Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Fenriz and Nocturno Culto continue to release slop Punk albums under the name Darkthrone only because it would be impossible for Peaceville to sell any CDs by a band called “We Didn’t Want to Completely Shit on Our Legacy, So We’re Not Called Darkthrone Anymore.” What is most disturbing is that there are good riffs here, buried within this weird production, and that it is clear that Darkthrone could easily still be great (possibly even the vox, which are generally fucking horrid - check out the vocal AIDS of the title track, for only one extreme example), but they don’t seem to want to. In fact, they appear to be trying very hard to be terrible. I have to wonder if it’s all a joke to them. I guess that maybe I did know what I was talking about after all when I called these guys out in my 1992 review of A Blaze in the Northern Sky [way back in Metal Curse #07] for their shift from Soulside Journey’s Entombed-worship Death Metal to Northern Sky’s raw, noisy Black Metal. So, to all who doubted me for the last two decades, I accept your apologies.

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