Darkthrone
The Underground Resistance


5.0
classic

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
February 27th, 2013 | 165 replies


Release Date: 02/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who could expect that after all these years Darkthrone could release a record that’s not only incredibly consistent, but also maintains the highest of lasting value?

Considering the fact that this Norwegian black metal act has been in the game since the late 80s, it’s expected that a band who released such classic records as A Blaze In The Northern Sky and Under A Funeral Moon (both of which were released one after the other) would have a low-point to their careers. The fact of the matter is Darkthrone have never really regressed into creating poor albums. In a remarkable sixteen records, there have only been a couple of records that have been merely over-shadowed by the bands critically acclaimed magnum opuses of their catalogue. Then, the listeners’ were simply expecting the height of the band’s music, repeated only in terms of quality. Enter 2013, and Darkthrone smash out the low-er points of their careers with The Underground Resistance by making the music they want to, and be dammed with the opinions of others.

In a typical Darkthrone manner, The Underground Resistance isn’t the cleanest of affairs. For those unfamiliar with the band’s music, it was never meant to be. Darkthrone have had (especially for their latter releases) a rather unclear production, allowing the not so crystal clear process to push the music over the line and in comparison to the last couple of studio records, Darkthrone have opted for a tilted classic approach to their black metal, relying on a tumultuous display of strictly organised chaos – which works perfectly for this veteran act. All in all, The Underground Resistance has a distinct groove to it. Tracks like ‘Lesser Man’ truly show how a veteran act can make relevant music, take the guitar leads for example. Their tasteful, well applied and downright sexy making the term guitar “lick” make more sense than it should. Combine this with a stomp inducing rhythm section and the listener won’t be able to avoid banging their head. With this formula, The Underground Resistance becomes highly infectious and a classic in its own right. It’s also important to point out that Darkthrone are not so easy to categorise with their 2013 release. Sure enough, the blackened death metal, the crust, punk tendencies have always been there, but it would be lazy just to throw a blanket term over this excellent release. Coming up to a thirty year mark in Darkthrone grandness it’s actually good to see the band worrying less about which direction the music is taking.

Instrumentally, the band cannot be faulted. These guys know exactly what they’re doing and they’ve being it for a number of years. Solos are presented in tasteful amounts; never will there be a moment where the leads are force-fed to the listener, showing an overbearing nature to the band’s music. The riffs, despite being made for the depths of hell are truly a decadent display of driving passages and relevant aggression, a bliss to behold. The rhythm section is the backbone that allows the vocal gymnastics of both members to shine through in aces, often stretching from stereotypically gravelly phrases to soaring highs that hold the listener in place. At large, The Underground Resistance puts everything where it’s needed tightening the band’s hold on the veteran black metal scene.

On repeated listens, the album grows and develops, transcending the usual constraints of Darkthrone’s music and becoming so much more than a veteran metal act’s attempt at releasing a modern day album. The Underground Resistance has a staying power so close to that of the group’s earlier releases it hardly goes without saying that Darkthrone’s 2013 record hits the expectations of the listener and, if given a little more time, will surpass them completely. Sometimes harkening back to the good ol’ days will ruffle a few features from time to time, but as far as Darkthrone goes with their distinct brand of metal it’s more than welcome, fulfilling everything a metal album should.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yes, another 5/5 review.

demigod!
February 27th 2013


44375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

tempted to neg because you got my Nocturno alt banned. < / 3

nah but seriously, i can't wait to hear this, hopefully i can get my copy tomorrow

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YankeeDudel
February 27th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has gone too far

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zxlkho
February 27th 2013


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is just too good.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


21079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

And the award for most overrated Sputnik album of all time goes to…

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demigod!
February 27th 2013


44375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shai Hulud, with Reach Beyond the Sun!

SpiritCrusher2
February 27th 2013


3041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*facepalm*

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

tempted to neg because you got my Nocturno alt banned. < / 3


Sorry dude, if it wasn't for the 666's everywhere I probably would have let it go. ; ] Neg away.

Yankee, if it's too much for you, you don't really need to comment?

demigod!
February 27th 2013


44375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you complain about satan and 5 Darkthrone?? lol c'mon man


YankeeDudel
February 27th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah ill comment when i please im justing wondering why you 5d this in the review but 4.5d it here. why do people do this just pick one number and stand by it like a man!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Shai Hulud, with Reach Beyond the Sun!


This, and BMTH when it finally streams

demigod!
February 27th 2013


44375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

a lot of people seem to give a review a different rating from their actual rating, it's really bizarre

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

nah ill comment when i please im justing wondering why you 5d this in the review but 4.5d it here


What I'd like to do is 4.7 this, since I haven't got that far up Sputnik's ladder I'll let the two ratings sit.

Funeralopolis
February 27th 2013


11342 Comments


Not really, try to be objective in review but reflect more personal bias in ratings.

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demigod!
February 27th 2013


44375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

well isn't the point of a review to talk about how you felt about an album? seems silly to showcase a different opinion from your real one

InfamousGrouse
February 27th 2013


3497 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"maintains the highest of lasting value"

he says, after it's officially been out a whole two days..

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

he says, after it's officially been out a whole two days..


Yeah, cause absolutely no-one's been listening to the record for any longer than that period. : ]

KjSwantko
February 27th 2013


9277 Comments


Pretty good review mane; I'd pos if I could.

GiaNXGX
February 27th 2013


4867 Comments


Idiotically high score, lets fit in with the supposedly `trve´ metal crowd.

Lets just...

a)like rush
b)vary our taste, from generic selections of metal to decent progressive rock.
c)worship Death and suck Chuck's...
d)plagiarize kill's writing style
e) write reviews that look like kill's
f) repeat all over bumping threads

ps: if this doesn't works try to be yourself and show some idiosyncrasy~ maybe one day
you'll be respected for what you are and not what you aren't.


PortalofPerfection
February 27th 2013


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Holy shit the riffs. Good review ipod, maybe a little thin for a 5 and seems to assume some familiarity with Darkthrone's previous work from the reader (of which I myself have none) but it's very well written as always.

Also, dem riffs. Holy shit.

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