Dark Thrones And Black Flags


DARKTHRONE's disgusting presence and metal madness is here again. Beware!!!After the holocaust that F.O.A.D. offered […]
By Yiannis Doukas
November 9, 2008
Darkthrone - Dark Thrones And Black Flags album cover

DARKTHRONE's disgusting presence and metal madness is here again. Beware!!!
After the holocaust that F.O.A.D. offered to any serious metal - head, with its hammering your face and melting your brains music the anticipation for the new album was in ultimate high levels. The wait is over and finally we can enjoy another piece of morbid and ugly primitive Metal record again.
Revendication of the somehow lost and forgotten metal ideals. The Winds They Called The Dungeon Shaker with its resurrected through the underground crypts of real Metal. Together with a killer refrain, into the ISENGARD vocalic styling and unending head - banging.
Keeping the black flame alive, the second opus, Death Of All Oaths embodies really rotten and from the graves vocals from Noturno Culto together with the darkness and the coldness that the air brings as descending from the mountains. Same goes to Blacksmith Of The North with its obscure intro and the almighty song, maybe the best in the record, Norway In September. The middle part is so cold like you are in the center of an ancient icy forest while in its ending exist a frenzy thrashy riff that will screw your neck.
The difference behind the songs reminds albums like Destroyer Of The Worlds!!! On the one the blackness of the most songs that Nocturno Culto has written and on the other the hymn Hiking Metal Punks with the BULLDOZER, HELLHAMMER and full of necro TANK madness. Once again Fenriz vocals are unbelievable, the refrain stuck in your mind,  the middle screaming 'oooooooooooo' are sending you to Metal heavens and the ending is absolutely compulsive.
Hiding in deep shadows comes the Grizzly Trade that starts doomy and then it transforms into a murdering piece of speed razor blade. This one like the Launchpad To Nothingness looks like they are coming from the past, you know Under A funeral Moon and the rest.
Regeneration of pure Metal comes with Hanging Out In Haiger, a song dedicated to OLD, although remaining in HELLMAMMER's domains reminds me in an unorthodox way the first album of ACCEPT. The last part is very, very close to IRON MAIDEN, maybe they done it not accidentally.
Onward we march!!! The self - titled instrumental song seems like a parade of metallers, going to a cemetery to drink their beers. The last one, Witch Ghetto seems once again like a lost track from HELLHAMMER's demo tape, the reeking tomb melody in the end is the perfect one to close the record.
Naturally and absolutely physical, DARKTHRONE unleashes once again a killer record. Continuing on the paths of their previous album, although too early to make comparisons, looks straight to F.O.A.D. pleasure levels, maybe a little down. The production is again as it should be, vocals with meaning and not the plastic soulless shit that is common today while the MOTORHEAD's 'Animalistic' drumming by Fenriz fits so well like beer together with kebab.
Enthralling performance, Metal lust, raping riffs, morbid and maniacal feel. D.T.P. A The Golden Walls Of Heaven influenced review.

9 / 10

Almost Perfect

"Dark Thrones And Black Flags" Track-listing:

The Winds They Called The Dungeon Shaker
Death Of All Oaths (Oath Minus)
Hiking Metal Punks
Blacksmith Of The North (Keep That Ancient Fire)
Norway In September
Grizzly Trade
Hanging Out In Haiger
Dark Thrones And Black Flags
Launchpad To Nothingness
Witch Ghetto

Darkthrone Lineup:

Nocturno Culto - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Fenriz - Drums, Vocals

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