Darkthrone   Soulside Journey
3.7 Ranking: #57 for 1991
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3.5 greatSkapalPes | July 24th 14

When this was released, death metal fans pricked up their ears, because debut album from Norwegian group Dark Throne (I think they were using this form of their name at that time) was very promising, bringing another great band to nascent Swedish death metal scene. Everybody knows what happened later, Swedish scene were left on its own...
After more than 20 years, "Soulside Journey" is still very interesting to listen - in fact I think it`s one of the best death metal records of early nineties. DT were capable to create one original record with strong and heavy sound (Sunlight). In their songs there are many changes of pace, mostly going in mid-quick or doom/death slow tempos with strong atmosphere, that is sustained by use of keyboards (maybe they could use it even more). Unlike Entombed, who helped them to get into the studio, they are less straightforward, trying to use more complicated structures of songs. Among an instruments, drums are standing out, Fenriz plays very technically here. On the other hand, Nocturno is better as black metal vocalist and album becomes slightly eventless after few songs... they are quite similar in guitar riffs.
All in all, this is interesting album for both black and death metal fans.


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3.5 greatSome Cock | December 1st 07

I agree with your review to some extent but I think you are comparing this album with the bands legacy in Black Metal which they had not experienced yet. At the time, no one knew what the band would go on to acheive, and I think this album is an awesome Death Metal album for the time, you could easily slot this in between Death's Scream bloody Gore and Leprosy minus the vocals. I think this is the rightful place any listener should start if they want to experience the Darkthrone treatment, and not work themselves backwards and then forwards form Transilvannian Hunger.

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