Darkthrone
Panzerfaust


2.0
poor

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2012 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A horribly average end to the Darkthrone we know and love.

When your band releases an album many consider to be one of the finest within the genre, you are left with two options. On the one hand, you could attempt to progress your sound, experiment with different aspects of the music, and make the album that you want to make, as opposed to the album that your fans want to hear. Besides, it's your band, not theirs. A move like this, if done well, will be successful, and will please your die-hard fans and the new fans that will flock to you. If done poorly, however, the music you spent time handcrafting will always remain a black mark on your pristine discography. On the other hand, you could attempt to recreate the very sound that earned you the respect and love of many fans worldwide to try and make another highly regarded album.

And that's where Darkthrone have failed. Panzerfaust, as a collection of songs, lacks the energy and atmosphere that classics like Transilvanian Hunger and Under A Funeral Moon offer. The band's previous releases were fucking evil, there's no doubt about that. Panzerfaust relies heavily, almost too heavily on using atmosphere to pull the album through its forty minute running time. Darkthrone and the majority of black metal bands also rely on repetition of the riffs, sometimes using only two or three riffs per song, to instil the sense of evil and atmosphere in us, and this album is no different. Transilvanian Hunger still stands to this day as one of the bleakest and most evil sounding recordings ever put to tape, but Panzerfaust tries almost too hard to recreate this, and the repetition and the weak attempt at atmosphere comes off as ineffective, and even silly, to a degree. That's not to say the album is dreadful though - A lot of Fenriz's riffs and drumming that can be found here are fairly solid slabs of black metal, and are quite tight as far as the genre's standards go.

Nocturno Culto's vocals are absolutely horrid, and they fail to live up to the standard the band set themselves on previous releases, and they lack a certain spark to be considered better than any other average vocal performances. Again, the vocals sound too gimmicky to take seriously. The vocals are so loud in the mix too, that the music actually sounds quieter when Nocturno is screaming his Norwegian lungs out. The production isn't as lo-fi as previous releases, but it isn't as high quality as Darkthrone's later recordings. It's somewhere in-between, and it doesn't enhance the atmospheric nature like it does on previous releases.

Panzerfaust then is the black mark on Darkthrone's pristine early discography. It lacks the qualities of a classic black metal release, instead coming off as a horrendously average collection of Transilvanian Hunger b-sides. From here on in, the black metal Darkthrone we all know and love is completely dead.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 22nd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

5th review - YAY! Criticism welcome as always

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never heard this. only heard the trilogy and i love it dearly.

good review though, pos

Digging: Autechre - LP5

RetroSpective
December 22nd 2012


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Completely disagree with the rating but the review is well written.

oltnabrick
December 22nd 2012


31297 Comments


Why is the review a 2 and you have this rated a 3?

Digging: Lil Debbie - Young Bitch

TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 22nd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks man, everyone has an opinion. It just doesn't jump out at me or scare the crap out of me like their earlier material did.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 22nd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I rated it a while ago, but listened to it more recently and wrote the review, hence the rating, which needs changing now!

ShadowRemains
December 22nd 2012


21327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey lets laugh at the guy who has a different opinion from our own

mindleviticus
December 22nd 2012


8326 Comments


this is really good but the vocals are too loud in the mix

oltnabrick
December 22nd 2012


31297 Comments


Cool just wondering

TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 22nd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Demi - If you dig the trilogy, you should check this out, you'll probably dig it, it's just not as good as their earlier stuff (obviously)

demigod!
December 22nd 2012


45005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I'll check it sometime but it's not very high on my list

ViperAces
December 22nd 2012


12485 Comments


"Mayhem The one with the church on the front"
haha

dont recommend an album you 2'd

mindleviticus
December 22nd 2012


8326 Comments


It's probably on the same sort of plane as the trilogy but it has slightly better production

oltnabrick
December 22nd 2012


31297 Comments


The first 4 Darkthrone albums are awesome.

I haven't heard this yet

edit: heard and its probably their best album, really impressed with this. A lot of Hellhammer
influence.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 22nd 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

IT HAS A REALLY COMPLICATED TITLE OKAY

And true, but everyone else seems to think pretty highly of it

Havey
December 22nd 2012


9758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're all good up to Total Death

mindleviticus
December 22nd 2012


8326 Comments


IT HAS A REALLY COMPLICATED TITLE OKAY


Holy fuck you're lazy

ShadowRemains
December 22nd 2012


21327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey lets laugh at the guy who has a different opinion from our own


that's certainly not what I was laughing at

RetroSpective
December 22nd 2012


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they're all good up to Total Death

No they're all good up to and including Circle the Wagons



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