ALBUM: Darkthrone – “The Underground Resistance”
LABEL: Peaceville Records
GENRE: Punk/Black/Heavy/Speed Metal
RATING: 8.5 / 10
In the beginning of 1992 albums such as: “Left Hand Path”, “Clandestine”, “Into the Grave”, “Where No Life Dwells”, “Like an Everflowing Stream” and “Deicide” were the best things in my teenage-life. In March of 1992 my world was turned upside down though. The reason was spelled “A Blaze in the Northern Sky” and the band in question – Darkthrone. Just as I once fell in love with Heavy Metal thanks to Twisted Sister, Thrash Metal thanks to Metallica and Death Metal thanks to Entombed, I was swept off my feet by the primitive and raw tunes from our neighbors from the west. This was the day I fell in love with Black Metal (and boy did I have treats to look forward to during this period of time, but that is another story). This love affair with Darkthrone lasted up until “The Cult is Alive” (2006).
In 2006 Punk entered the bands music and, even though I found some charm in it, the band lost me and actually that’s the way it’s been for the past 7 years, up until “The Underground Resistance” that is. In a way this is a very hard album to review since it’s hard to find a thread, a link that binds everything together. But, perhaps this is one of the charms with “The Underground Resistance” since it is a potpourri of heavy, speed, doom metal and punk seasoned with a splash of those classic old Darkthrone Black Metal-riffs. Fenriz and Nocturno Culto are two Norwegian heroes that have long walked their own path, and still do, I’m just glad I once again feel like walking besides them.
♠Recommended tracks: Dead Early / Leave No Cross Unturned
Review by: TK