Darkthrone
Total Death


4.0
excellent

Review

by skeggjadr USER (7 Reviews)
April 24th, 2006 | 152 replies | 10,210 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

I just got this and I can say it's easily Darkthrone's most underrated release: in my opinion this is easily some of thier best work and it craps all over the previous album, Panzerfaust (just my opinion). I find this CD is hardly ever mentioned, even by Darkthrone fans. It deserves a lot more praise, as the songs, the production, the vocals and even the cover art, are all excellent. Not a classic, but still memorable.

Earth's Last Picture - 4/5
The album opens with some stabbing chords before a typically darkthrone sounding melodic riff starts to plod along. There's something about this riff that makes it stick in my head, it's kind of catchy but still sounds pretty grim. The song plods along at the same pace, alternating between some cool riffs, until about 3:20 when there is a break and an really epic sounding riff enters. This is one of Darkthrones best riffs. This last section would sound right at home on thier classic Transilvanian Hunger album, but is given an extra dimension by the melodic bass lines which are very audible. An excellent opening track with consistently good riffs throughout.

Blackwinged - 5/5
I love this song. It's one of the first songs I heard of this album, and I always loved the way the bass is pretty high in the mix which makes the simple black metal riffs sound more unique. At about 1:20 there is a cool heavy riff which is also repeated later in the song. Some more mid-paced melodic riffs follow, punctuated by Nocturno Culto's outstanding vocals (which are some of his best by the way, maybe even THE best).

Gather For Attack On The Pearly Gates - 3.5/5
Now this really DOES sound like something off Transilvanian Hunger: the drums basically play the same beat all the way through, with hardly any fills, and the guitars stick to the same rhythm for most of the song. However, this is still an above average track, even though the title kinda sucks.

Black Victory Of Death - 4/5
The riffs here remind me of the title track on Hate Them (yes I know Hate Them was released after this), as it has a slightly (I said "slightly") punky feel to it. Like the previous track, it's nothing special, but still above average cause of the cool guitar riffage.

Majestic Desolate Eye - 3/5
The first few slow riffs on this track are very atmospheric and epic, but unfortunately after this excellent intro it goes into blast beats with some very average and repetitive (and I don't mean the good kind of repetitive that we know Darkthrone for) riffs. Not unlistenable, but it's the worst song on the album.

Blasphemer - 4.5/5
This track is very different to anything else the band has ever done: the riffage is very thrash influenced but still sounds like black metal. And the riffage presented here is excellent. The song opens with a kick-ass riff and one of Noturno's best screams... actually did I mention that his vocals are awesome throughout the whole album!!!

Ravnajuv - 4/5
This song features some very melodic, but raw black metal riffs. Again I'm going to say that this sounds like it could have been on Transilvanian Hunger, but the band isn't just copying off a previous success, as this is an improvement. The song changes pace at about 3 minutes which keeps it from getting too repetitive. Another excellent track.

Serpents Harvest - 4.5/5
One of the things I love about Darkthrone is thier slower, sludgier brand of black metal riffs. The album closer starts with one of these slow riffs which creates a really grim atmosphere. There is a break at 2:36 and then a faster black metal riff with a very melodic lead melody, then the song returns to the original slower riff. A great way to end one of the most underatted black metal albums.



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Thor
April 24th 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If all of your descriptions of songs were as descriptive as your first one then this would be a better review. It's not that good as it is right now. You may want to add some more material, and put in an album picture. Here's the album cover:

http://www.mistermoonlight.be/dyn/hoes/515.jpg

Tarantino's Tarantulas
April 24th 2006



819 Comments


Gather For Attack On The Pearly Gates... though the title kinda sucks


Really? I quite like the name, bit cliche but still cool. Maybe its my love of blasphemy...This Message Edited On 05.10.07

Tarantino's Tarantulas
April 24th 2006



819 Comments


I was tempted to download it just for the name, even though Black Metal isnt really my thing. Emperor are pretty good though.

Sleepy
April 24th 2006



51 Comments


The album as a whole could've been commented more on, and the TBT's fell off towards the end, but otherwise, good review. I still need to get this Darkthrone album.

willobassman
April 25th 2006



4 Comments


I think it was Demonaz who wrote the lyrics to Earth's Last Picture. I know it was someone from Immortal anyway.

jacob___
April 27th 2006



1 Comments


Nah it was Garm from Ulver.

Ominous Inane
August 9th 2007



188 Comments


The last two minutes of the first song is one of my favorite black metal moments ever.

muchtallerthanu
September 22nd 2007



648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meh, this wasn't bad.

keysofanxiety
October 12th 2009



143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree that this is one of their most underrated releases =) I really think the evilness on the first track "Earths Last Picture" is beautifully complimented by the dark, atmospheric music.

One of my favourite albums by Darkthrone- the music still sounds raw and fresh.

Meatplow
December 29th 2009



5524 Comments


This is really good. I was expecting much worse.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2010



20767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening to this right now. So far its not bad at all

Realm
November 20th 2010



2074 Comments


band rules

Terrifyer
November 20th 2010



3403 Comments


this is one of their worst but its still gd

Nervous Sad Poor
November 20th 2010



73 Comments


it's almost in the middle

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2011



20767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

earths last picture and ravnajuv are highlights. this is really underrated

pissbore
January 6th 2013



9935 Comments


blasphemer thrashes hard

pissbore
January 15th 2013



9935 Comments


this rules, gotta give it time to grow on you

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013



20767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup. A lot of classic Darkthrone riffs on this

pissbore
January 15th 2013



9935 Comments


especially blackwinged

darkthrone1
January 16th 2013



387 Comments


not bad. grew on me a lot. more people should listen to this



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