I must start off by saying that 1991 is quite a year for Death Metal! Left and right, quality bands are being signed. And, to me, this is the best one. Darkthrone is so ahead of most bands due to their musicianship and great composition. There are a lot of “good” musicians, but only a handful of good composers. I mean, each member of this band is very adept at his instrument. Especially the rhythm section. Now this album was done at Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, which seems to be very popular with Scandinavian bands. It has that “Entombed sound,” but in no way do they actually sound like Entombed (except, maybe the vocals). I don’t think you could compare songs like: “Neptune Towers,” “Grave with a View,” or “Nor the Silent (Whispers)” to anything! This band flat out reeks of originality. Only a few debut albums have impressed me like this one (Malleus Maleficarum, 7 Churches, Slowly We Rot, and Left Hand Path, to name some). So buy this, or hate yourself forever!
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