Darkthrone
A New Dimension


4.0
excellent

Review

by BMDrummer USER (52 Reviews)
May 19th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Darkthrone at their true roots feature lots of crust punk and death metal influence, but there are hints of what was to come.

If you know anything about extreme metal, you’ll know Darkthrone are one of the most important bands in the entire genre. They’ve crafted black metal classics such as Blaze in the Northern Sky and Transilvanian Hunger, which feature dark melodies, dynamic shifts, blast beats, satanic lyrics and vocals, and poor production. While the poor production aspect is usually a turn off for people, Darkthrone, as well as almost every other black metal band, just make it work so well that it adds to the atmosphere. But, what is there to find in Darkthrone’s first few demos" Well to be honest, nothing wildly different from their subsequent efforts.

A New Dimension appears to be their most praised demo by far, and it surely deserves that spot. There is actually some musical maturity to be found on this release, where instead of just trying to be as fast or technical as possible, they throw in a lot of melodic parts, dynamic shifts, and a quite inspired sound. Vocals are completely absent from the one official song on this tape, “Snowfall”, which is a bit of a gripe, but it stays interesting throughout. The intro track, “Twilight Dimension”, appears to just be weather sounds similar to “Black Sabbath”. These of course, are incredibly lo-fi, but it kind of adds to the overall feel as I said before. For the one real song, it opens with what sounds like the same exact riff from Death’s “Infernal Death”, but it has a place in here. It will occasionally shift from slow to fast, but it doesn’t ever feel too jittery or anything like that. So, the song has diversity to it, but it’s basically a crust punk-influenced death metal song.

A New Dimension is a solid, quick, and straight to the point demo. It sounds surprisingly accessible, but that is most likely due to the lack of vocals. Darkthrone show signs of maturity in their one song here, but there are certain aspects that would be improved upon. Of course, the production wouldn’t ever really get better, but the musicianship got much better, the addition of vocals was a plus, and the atmosphere would get much darker. This would be a good listen for those interested in the roots of Darkthrone, or black metal for that matter. To end it, A New Dimension is a satisfying, raw, and interesting demo tape.



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BMDrummer
May 19th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone said this needed a review so I wrote this one, feedback is welcome!

oltnabrick
May 19th 2014


36325 Comments


ugh stop :/

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2014


11455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see this one reviewed, pos.

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BMDrummer
May 19th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You ok oltna? : (

emester
May 19th 2014


8251 Comments


I not very fond of Darkthrone's Black Metal stuff, believe it or not. If this is anything like their first album, then I'll give it a shot

BMDrummer
May 19th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know tbh. Never listened to their first record, but I love the early BM stuff they did.

ExplosiveOranges
May 19th 2014


4408 Comments


Short review, good review. Pos'd.

BMDrummer
May 19th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who keeps negging my reviews? Is it oltna? If you're going to neg, at least tell me why and what I could improve.

oltnabrick
May 19th 2014


36325 Comments


its not me

BMDrummer
May 19th 2014


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok thanks, but someone keeps negging my reviews lately and not saying anything.

oltnabrick
May 19th 2014


36325 Comments


welcm 2 spunkik!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2014


24658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

report it in the meds thread, they can clean them up for you



havent heard this yet but i love old dm darkthrone

MisterTornado
May 19th 2014


4507 Comments


best x3-6 mafia tape

MoosechriS
July 13th 2015


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is it just me or does anyone else get massive death & poison vibes from this? The amount of riffs that remind me of leprosy and into the abyss is awesome.

demigod!
September 17th 2016


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how could one like death metal in the 80's and not be a fan of death?



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