Darkthrone
Transilvanian Hunger


5.0
classic

Review

by manuscriptreplica USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 841 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


(Black Metal) Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger

Nocturno Culto: Vocals, bass
Zephyrous: Guitars
Fenriz: Drums
Year of release: 1994

Darkthrone are one of, if not the, premier black metal bands. They have gathered a unique sound with their extremely poor production. But, aside from that, they music is excellent. Particularly their song writing, the time seems to fly by when listening to this album, which is quite a feat, considering the album is about 40 minutes long. Most songs are dominated by three or four, chord progressions, played in a tremolo style, and the occasional different riff. Simple, but it works. They create an amazing atmosphere with the music, and the almost chant-like vocals. This is the fourth Darkthrone album, third under the black metal genre, and first with mainly Norwegian vocals. The riffs are repetitive, and ‘droning’, almost hypnotising the listener. The last four tracks had vocals by Varg Vikernes, of Mayhem and Burzum. It also gained some controversy over the release, some pressings had the phrase ‘Norsk Arisk Black Metal’ (Norwegian Aryan Black Metal) on the back cover, and after many distributors complained, the phrase was removed. And finally, credit must go to the drummer, Fenriz. For 39 minutes straight, he plays solid blast beats/extremely fast rock beats, without missing a beat.

Transilvanian Hunger
This is probably the greatest song on the CD, rivalled only by ‘En As I Dype Skogen’. It begins with an excellent riff, simple yet catchy – it shows their supreme writing skills. This song is one of two songs on the CD to be dominated by English vocals, the other is ‘As Flittermice As Satans Spys’. The vocals are done very nicely by Nocturno Culto, perfect for the style of music. And they don’t dominate the music, like other songs on the CD. An excellent starter to the CD, it is of epic proportions.

Over Fjell Og Gjennom Torner
Contrary to the previous song, the vocals are really prevailing thing on the song. It is a shame, since the music is awesome. The song, being relatively short, is over in no time, another homage to their song writing excellence.

Skald Av Satans Sol
The opening riff to this song is splendid. It is in 5/4 then 3/4, but the drums play 4/4 throughout, giving it a kind of technical feel. The guitar solo probably would be excellent, if you could hear it. The vocals take a backseat in this song. A highlight of the album.

Slottet I Det Fjerne
As I said in the intro, the CD can be rather repetitive in parts. The first riff sounds remarkably the same as ‘Transilvanian Hunger’. It has a nice slide bit at the end of it, which makes it sound cool. This is the final song on the CD with Nocturno Culto on vocals.

Graven Takeheimens Saler
This is Varg Vikernes’ first song on the album. You can notice the slight difference in their vocal delivery – Varg has a more deep, throaty growl, which doesn’t suit the music as well as Nocturno Culto. They are still excellent though, and give a new dimension to the album. Around the 3:20 mark, there is actually a different drum beat to the usual blasts! It doesn’t last long though.

Ien Hall Med Flesk Og Mjod
This is probably the worst song on here, but it is still listenable. It is far too repetitive, i.e, the same note is played for about three bars. The vocals are awesome though.

As Flittermice As Satans Spys
This is a good song. It has a decent enough chord progression, but has all these cool effects going on in the background. These effects are used sparsely, so it is a pleasure to hear them every time. It has a great solo in it, unfortunately it is very hard to hear in places. The only fault with this song is that it runs for too long, and doesn’t have that hypnotising effect that the other songs do.

En As I Dype Skogen
Excellent song. It is typical of Darkthrone to save their best songs till last. It is probably their fastest song on the CD. The chord changes are magical. The vocals are perfectly mixed, and perfectly delivered. A great way to end the album.

Final Rating: 5/5. The epitome of black metal releases, along with De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. It is modest in its greatness. If you aren’t a black metal fan, I would advise you to check out De Mysteriis (Mayhem) first, if you are a black metal fan, this CD should be in your CD collection.



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TheUnavoidable
July 18th 2004


16 Comments


About time someone started reviewing these classic albums.

:tr00:

manuscriptreplica
July 18th 2004


431 Comments


De Mysteriis is next.

:tr00:

superpeer
July 20th 2004


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Metal-archives just owned you. ;)

manuscriptreplica
July 20th 2004


431 Comments


Why?

I hope I didn't copy anything TOO badly...

Edit: oh... I get it now.

LordDargon
August 24th 2004


165 Comments


I have to get some more of this. Right now I have only ABITNS by them.

LordDargon
August 24th 2004


165 Comments


Oh yeh, it's a good review. Made me want to listen to more of the album.

lets see, you want a "typical LD comment."

FU.CK MALLCORE THAT SH.IT SUCKS DONKEY BALLS! This is some good sh.it with tr00 gr1mness!

Per Ardua Ad Astra
August 24th 2004


106 Comments


I prefer 'A blaze in the Northern Sky' but Transylvanian Hunger is a great album.

Shadows
Moderator
September 2nd 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard a lot about this album and I'm getting it in a few hours. Great review, I'm really excited about the album.

BuddyBigsby
September 3rd 2004


531 Comments


The mightiest of the black metal bands, all bow down.

Shadows
Moderator
September 3rd 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After hearing this album I realized how good the sound quality on my Emperor CD is. This one still rules though.

SubtleDagger
September 4th 2004


737 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]The mightiest of the black metal bands, all bow down.[/QUOTE]
I'm kind of getting into these guys, though lately I've been listening to early Burzum, Morbid Angel, and others. Not too big on these guys' stuff as much, but I'll keep listening.

manuscriptreplica
September 4th 2004


431 Comments


[QUOTE=Death to Pop-Punk]After hearing this album I realized how good the sound quality on my Emperor CD is. This one still rules though.[/QUOTE]

Heh... check out Under a Funeral Moon for even worse production.

HyperBlast Underground
September 4th 2004


1 Comments


good album

Leper Affinity
September 4th 2004


89 Comments


[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]Heh... check out Under a Funeral Moon for even worse production.[/QUOTE]
If I could find that in my area I'de pick it up in a second, no matter how bad the sound is.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 4th 2004


826 Comments


[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]I'm kind of getting into these guys, though lately I've been listening to early Burzum, Morbid Angel, and others. Not too big on these guys' stuff as much, but I'll keep listening.[/QUOTE]

Everyone seems to like Burzum.

Tangy zizzle
September 4th 2004


253 Comments


Black Metal is a joke.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 4th 2004


826 Comments


Well, not everyone..

Bartender
Emeritus
October 1st 2004


826 Comments


Made this my first Darkthrone album about a week ago, and it's a great album. Thanks for the review.

SingedH
October 1st 2004


3 Comments


think anybody could send me this album over AIM? my SN is oO Woah Dude Oo

Shadows
Moderator
October 1st 2004


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Tangy zizzle]Black Metal is a joke.[/QUOTE]
No you are.



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