Darkthrone
Arctic Thunder


4.5
superb

Review

by Futures USER (11 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2016 | 285 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Darkthrone is as Darkthrone does.

Darkthrone have had one of the most interesting career paths of any band in recent memory. They actually started off as a death metal band, but of course you know them from the “unholy trinity” of black metal albums back in the 90s. Since then they have undergone numerous changes, including taking a more crust punk approach. Their last release The Underground Resistance was a thrash and speed-metal influenced mammoth of an album. There is one thing that has bound every era of Darkthrone together though, and that is the excellent and creative riff writing of frontman Nocturno Culto and creative mastermind Fenriz. The dynamic duo have been writing extremely entertaining metal albums since their debut, even though stylistically a lot of their albums are varied.

Arctic Thunder is perhaps the most black metal influenced album of Darkthrone’s in quite some time. The black metal staples such as the pounding drums and tremolo picked guitars are there as well as a switch from the high falsetto singing of The Underground Resistance to a more low growling style. The song that combines these the most is opener and album standout “Tundra Leach” that ends on a rip roaring distorted guitar solo. The solos continue to be interesting and work well within the songs on the rest of the album. “Inbred Vermin” is another album standout and is one of their best songs in years ending on an atmospheric mix of cascading drums and melodic riffs. Darkthrone have picked up some new influences during their time off, opting to work a doom approach which creates a dark and brooding atmosphere. The riff writing has never been better than on Arctic Thunder, with Nocturno Culto and Fenriz combing to create some truly interesting and engaging riffs as they have for about 25 years. Fenriz’s drumming is pretty impressive played at a breakneck pace. Arctic Thunder sees Darkthrone take a bit of everything from each one of their albums, as well as adding a few new influences to create an engaging and unique album in their discography.

Darkthrone are the undisputed kings of black metal and they continue to lay claim to the throne with Arctic Thunder. The pure riff writing and atmosphere they create is still unmatched in the genre to this day. One of the best things about Darkthrone is their willingness to try new styles and not write the same album 15 times in a row, which they very well could’ve done. These are just two dudes doing what they love, having the time of their life which is shown through the ending of "The Wyoming Distance" where the two are making jokes in an outtake. Arctic Thunder is an excellent love letter to the fans that even the casual metal fan will be very impressed with. God bless the kings.



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Futures
October 22nd 2016


9730 Comments


4th rev in about a week damn. riffs ahrd. big thanks to browan as always for the proofread.

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Storm In A Teacup
October 22nd 2016


22229 Comments


this just came out? swear I've been seeing that album cover and commented on it before like a year ago

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


15065 Comments


y e s s

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


10872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man, pos'd hard. Really glad this getting such a good reception. Tundra Leech is a really good track too.



"Along with drummer and bassist Fenriz the two have been writing extremely entertaining metal albums since their debut, even though stylistically a lot of their albums are varied." - I feel like there should be a comma after "Fenriz". Otherwise, everything looks good here!

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Futures
October 22nd 2016


9730 Comments


yo man i really appreciate it!

calmrose
October 22nd 2016


2293 Comments


aw yeah sweet review, definitely need to check this album soon

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Futures
October 22nd 2016


9730 Comments


will probably bump this tbh

Tunaboy45
October 22nd 2016


15609 Comments


This is next on my list, can't wait to hear it. Just been so busy lately, haven't even had that much time on sputnik.

Great review too man, you've really come into your own with these write ups lately.

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Flugmorph
October 22nd 2016


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It goes hard

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Tunaboy45
October 22nd 2016


15609 Comments


Knew you'd dig this flug, given your impeccable taste

Flugmorph
October 22nd 2016


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sure fam this is as trve as it gets

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


1808 Comments


pos'd

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


3344 Comments


Fenriz and Ted both do equal amounts of songwriting on guitar, each album they basically write half the songs each, so half the riffs on each album are Fenriz's too, he's not solely the drummer. And he usually does vox on most albums except this one.

Otherwise the review is okay if a little basic and choppy history piece

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2016


3344 Comments


Also you spelt "Leech" wrong, likely because the initial leak also spelt it wrong

Krvst
October 22nd 2016


334 Comments


Futures on fire, gotta check this

evilford
October 22nd 2016


40611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice rev futures. Gotta check this [2]

SteakByrnes
October 22nd 2016


4544 Comments


Great review my dude

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elcrawfodor
October 22nd 2016


1264 Comments


h a r d

Futures
October 22nd 2016


9730 Comments


snox you got laughed off this site for your preoccupations rev and admitted you've never liked a review on here except your own.

someguest
October 22nd 2016


28826 Comments


Now that's a score I can agree with, Futures.



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