[schema type=”review” name=”Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder” description=”Label: Peaceville Records” author=”Sabine van Gameren” pubdate=”2016-10-14″ ]
Norwegian Black Metal formation Darkthrone returns with a new album. The duo is ready for album number 17 “Arctic Thunder” to be released.
A band like Darkthrone with so many titles on their name is always bringing up the question whether they can still surprise us with a new release. When announcing this new release we were warned it would be a quite primitive release and that is surely something you could hear back. Raw and smudgy production is on the sound which gives the whole an authentic atmosphere but for some it may be a bit too primitive.
If you look for a something new it may not be the easiest to spot, but here and the guys do manage to get us listen a bit more carefully when a doomy riff comes in or when they get into an even more extreme sound than what was before. The tempo changes are bringing these extra moments of joy, with the question what would come after it, where would it take you.
Altogether this album is a good one in line of Darkthrone releases. Maybe we are a bit disappointed with the rawness of that production, it is clear what they tried to achieve with that, but does it really lift up the album? Maybe not that much. A milder choice may have strengthen in a bit more without even going too shiny.
1. Tundra Leech
2. Burial Bliss
3. Boreal Fiends
4. Inbred Vermin
5. Arctic Thunder
6. Throw Me Through The Marshes
7. Deep Lake Tresspass
8. The Wyoming Distance