This latest album by Darkthrone is… Well, it’s a Darkthrone album. It sounds like a Darkthrone album and it has that Darkthrone feel, but at the same time it doesn’t go anywhere that previous Darkthrone albums haven’t gone before. The speed is almost uniformly mid-paced, and if you’ve heard one song off of this album, the rest sort of sound similar. There are no acoustic bits, no clean vocals, no keyboards, no female vocals, or even very many tempo changes. There is an occasional use of flange on the guitar but essentially, if you have Goatlord, Total Death or even Under a Funeral Moon, this doesn’t sound all that much different that those albums. I get the feeling that Darkthrone is in a rut, much in the same way that I feel Incantation is in a rut. They’ve defined their sound and now they really can’t go anywhere else. You can mix and match songs off of this album with songs off of the other albums in their back-catalog and if you look at structure, nothing has changed in almost a decade. Let’s face it folks, Motorhead and AC/DC can get away with releasing the same album over and over, year after year because people want to see them live and they need an excuse to keep touring. Darkthrone doesn’t tour much - if at all - and face it, I already own five or six albums of this already. That’s not much of an incentive to run out and buy this album and I can’t honestly recommend this to anyone who already owns a couple Darkthrone albums.
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