Darkthrone
Dark Thrones and Black Flags


2.5
average

Review

by Anodyne USER (2 Reviews)
October 28th, 2008 | 104 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "The Fenriz attitude: 20% John McEnroe, 20% Jello Biafra, 20% Lemmy, 20% King Diamond, 20% Larry David - 100% maniac!!!"

It took them over a decade and a few beers, but Darkthrone have finally mastered sloppiness. Once worshiped in the black metal community as innovators, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto now look towards the past - speed metal, crust punk, etc. - for inspiration. Given Fenriz's constant reminders of his distaste for sleek production and fondness of Motörhead and Discharge, this is really no surprise. Recent times have also seen both member's offbeat humor slowly infuse with the music, giving the songs a drunken, tongue-in-cheek feel that adds to the ridiculous atmosphere of it all.

Dark Thrones and Black Flags follows in the same vein as 2007's F.O.A.D.; thrash riffs are blurred until they sound like oddly upbeat black metal anthems, while croaks and yells pierce the listener's ears, obviously mixed too high. At first glance, "The Winds They Called the Dungeon Shaker" sounds like something straight out of the second wave, but just a few seconds of shouted, slightly out of key vocals automatically separates it from anything in that era. We got our first glance of Dark Thrones and Black Flags with the absurdly named "Hiking Metal Punks," and it still remains as a definite highlight, with straightforward instrumentation accompanied by absurd and goofy shouts of "Hiking metal punks forever!". A prominent guitar melody features in the second half of the tune, lending a strangely epic feel to the song that one wouldn't expect from Darkthrone.

"Norway in September" and "Hanging Out in the Haiger" both continue this particular sound, morphing generic headbanger riffs into filthy, dirge-like black metal. The latter's lyrics are rock and roll cheese ("Another round in the bar in the cellar / It's head-bang heaven this night") backed by NWOBHM guitar buffoonery, including a wonderfully sloppy guitar solo. The coda, much like "Hiking Metal Punks," lends a melodic tone to the song and would sit well in a Thin Lizzy tribute band's repertoire.

The remainder of Dark Thrones and Black Flags is stagnant and devoid anything particularly interesting. Unsurprisingly, most of these songs have a much stronger black metal feel to them and make a good case for those who believe Darkthrone should have stopped playing in that style ten years ago. The eponymous track acts as instrumental filler and goes nowhere, making even "Witch Ghetto" sound invigorating in comparison. These sections of intentionally second-rate material make it hard for the album to be enjoyable as a whole, and unlike F.O.A.D., there are no hilarious classics in the way of "Canadian Metal" and "Raise on Rock." And that's really shame; this is the stuff they do best.


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fireaboveicebelow
October 28th 2008


6837 Comments


not that bad for a first review, but you need to write more, this is too short

DethThrasher
October 28th 2008


462 Comments


Good review!! pos'd

Eakflanderyof
October 28th 2008


2143 Comments


I need to hear this. I enjoyed FOAD a good deal, but Hiking Metal Punks was a slight disappointment despite the epic riff at the end. If that's the standout track then FOAD is definitely better. I've heard a lot say FOAD is better anyway. Good review.

Anodyne
October 28th 2008


85 Comments


yeah this album isn't terrible or anything, just a slight step down from FOAD. it just isn't as fun

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 28th 2008


3742 Comments


haven't heard this or FOAD, might have to

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2008


17945 Comments


but you need to write more, this is too short



no it's not

Anodyne
October 28th 2008


85 Comments


i actually added a paragraph before it was approved but the first part of that post is funny

Lindgren
October 28th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found this to be better than FOAD.
meh, maybe a counter review coming soon....

bastard
October 28th 2008


3435 Comments


good review.

fireaboveicebelow
October 28th 2008


6837 Comments


no it's not
he added more since I said that

Hawks
October 28th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Judging from Hiking Metal Punks, this is going to be just as bad as FOAD.

Anodyne
October 28th 2008


85 Comments


how's the new cradle of filth?

BallsToTheWall
October 28th 2008


44805 Comments


John McEnroe refrence= auto pos. Good review, i liked the last album so i will get this.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Wizard
October 28th 2008


19641 Comments


By the looks and sound of this review, this could be none other then Eliminator. Good review none the less.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Eakflanderyof
October 28th 2008


2143 Comments


Judging from Hiking Metal Punks, this is going to be just as bad as FOAD.


I'm not trying to be an ass, but we get that you don't like Darkthrone's new sound.

John McEnroe refrence= auto pos. Good review, i liked the last album so i will get this.


The summary is what Fenriz labels his attitude on their myspace.

This Message Edited On 10.28.08

wexenhex
October 29th 2008


192 Comments


who draws their recent albums? i love the artwork.

ColdDungeon
November 2nd 2008


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, though I found the album to be very good.

Danath
November 13th 2008


13 Comments


Artwork is made by Dennis Dread

http://www.dennisdread.com/

ssgongon7
January 29th 2009


98 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jesus!
This is a 2008 release but judging by the production, sounds like it was made in early 90's

Hawks
January 29th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They do that intentionally.



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