Darkthrone – Dark Thrones And Black Flags (Review)

Superb artwork from Dennis Dread!

The Norwegian legends keep pumping out one amazing album after another but this 2008 release is my pick of their modern output. Black metal of the proto variety (my favourite kind): evil primitivism from the nurseries of real metal sound. Both Nocturno Culto and Fenriz are on top form throughout. Culto’s sideways, frosty riffing is at genius level on tracks like Death Of All Oaths (Oath Minus) and Fenriz blasts out crusty, howling Mercyful Fate-style traditional metal. His tracks Hanging Out In Haiger and The Winds They Called The Dungeon Shaker stand out as favourites but this whole album is top drawer fist-clenching fun with a dark intimidating atmosphere.

HMO Rating: 5 out of 5

[Darkthrone – The Winds They Called The Dungeon Shaker]

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16 thoughts on “Darkthrone – Dark Thrones And Black Flags (Review)”

  1. I recently went to Dairy Queen and ordered a cake covered in Dark Throne and Black Flags.
    I also wanted frosty riffing and fill it with crusty, howling traditional metal.
    I asked for the end result to be fist-clenching fun with a dark intimidating atmosphere.

    There was a very long pause and apparently I’m not welcome there any longer.

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      1. It’s poo (I don’t scare, of course). It just didn’t do it for me… some great scenes, really fine mood, but I couldn’t help feel that it got a bit lost.

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