Darkthrone
The Cult Is Alive


4.0
excellent

Review

by Smell The Cheese USER (17 Reviews)
June 8th, 2010 | 141 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Too Old... Too Cold!



Darkthrone are legends in the metal world, having revolutionised the black metal scene spearheading the second wave with key Norwegian acts such as Burzum and Mayhem. They started off as a death metal group, which got them accussed as "trendies" for jumping on the black metal bandwagon as death metal was very uncool at the time in Norway. Regardless, Soulside Journey was a hell of an album and my praise for A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under A Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger need not be mentioned (everyone likes these albums).

Anyway, The Cult Is Alive was the start of a new period for Darkthrone which is that of the crust punk influence. Darkthrone clearly has nothing to prove, after releasing several landmark BM releases and some consistently solid work since their last truly great album (Transilvanian Hunger) the band was in a comfortable position to release The Cult Is Alive.

Gone is the focus on tremelo picked riffing, blastbeats and all that characterises black metal in its essential nature and enter a more melodic rhythm section that is not all that different to punk. The album has a distinct swagger to it that might appall those who are expecting Under A Funeral Moon pt. 2, instead what is presented is a still very-blackened take on hardcore that is surprisingly good.

Every track is pretty much the same, but its tongue in cheek humour is irresistable on tracks such as Too Old Too Cold and Graveyard Slut. It is not worth picking apart individual moments, but they are full of strong rythmic based songwriting and hilarious lyrics which make The Cult Is Alive incredibly fun.

Indeed, this may be my favourite Darkthone. The following two albums I feel don't hold a candle to this (*** Off & Die and Dark Thrones and Black Flags) and I haven't heard Circle The Wagons yet.



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TheSpirit
June 9th 2010


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Darn, I was gonna review this sooner or later

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

ShadowRemains
June 9th 2010


20842 Comments


you need to elaborate on the sound more

Dryden
June 9th 2010


12928 Comments


kimbo

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

slice

TheSpirit
June 9th 2010


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did a review for the EP of this and it was longer than your review. surely you could find something

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2010


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, honestly reads more like a soundoff.

TheSpirit
June 9th 2010


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. It's not like this is a bad review, it could just use a little more. Anyways, it's your decision, but i'll pos

eggsvonsatan
June 9th 2010


1087 Comments


Dude, you need to spend a little more time on these reviews. You're shitting them out like bad sushi.

kount
June 9th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

all that matter is ur rating is right

qwe3
June 9th 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules so hard

ShadowRemains
June 9th 2010


20842 Comments


i'll pos too, just make sure to add more in the future

buckfutter
June 9th 2010


2164 Comments


Jesus christ. I feel like I'm looking at the spelling of either a 45 year old Pakistani or a 4th grade drop-out.

Mordecai.
June 9th 2010


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

currently digging

FadeToBlack
June 9th 2010


10926 Comments


was the best 'new' darkthrone before Circle The Wagons came out

Mordecai.
June 9th 2010


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ zazz

Ire
June 9th 2010


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is circle the wagons really good?

Like compared to the holy three.

Dryden
June 9th 2010


12928 Comments


it is

FadeToBlack
June 9th 2010


10926 Comments


u mean the holy 5

Ire
June 9th 2010


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haven't listened Panzerfaust and Soulside Journey yet.



FadeToBlack
June 9th 2010


10926 Comments


imo those are their 3rd and 4th best albums respectively

also Sardonic Wrath is by far the best of their black metal stuff after Panzerfaust, might want to give that a listen too



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