Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arctic Thunder - Darkthrone Review

Welcome to another album review! This time it will be black metal. Darkthrone is one of my favorite bands, and this is their newest album that came out in october. I kept forgetting to go buy it, and the times I looked for it, they didn't have it. So now I finally have it! I haven't listened to it before writing this review, so these are my very first thoughts of it! Like I probably said in my last review, I like to try and not listen to albums before I own them if I can help it. The listening experience just becomes so much better - and I'm old school who likes to listen along with the cd booklet in my hand.

Tundra Leech
Really great guitar in this! Really funky and dancy, haha. Pretty good lyrics!

Burial Bliss
Ahh, classic Darkthrone; black N roll! I really love Ted's vocals. The lyrics are also very beautiful.

Boreal Fiends
Oh, this one starts slow. That's different. But as the vocals come in, it's back to heavy! The contrast works really well. Oh wow, almost operatic vocals at the end of the chorus there! I really like it. The instrumental is really good, it changes a lot throughout the song, but it really works!
IS THAT A COW BELL I HEAR?! Oh my god I love it. Even a solo! Wow, they're trying out a lot of things in this song. Darkthrone is one of the few bands that can do so many different things but still stay true to themselves and sound good. This song has pretty nice lyrics too.

Inbred Vermin
More classic Darkthrone black N roll riffs! I'm kind of headbanging and bouncing at the same time, haha. I really like it! It's kind of empowering. The groaning and the slow part makes it sound kind of sad, but when I look at the lyrics it's pretty much a very angry song. The echo on the vocals is kind of annoying though. Did he have that on other songs? He might have, I'm not sure. I didn't notice.

Arctic Thunder
Now for the title track! It sounds very.. I don't know if I want to say grand from the start, but the pace is good and you just want to dance! Pretty cool lyrics. It makes me sad that I will never hear this live. Darkthrone doesn't play live shows, but I just have this feeling that this would've been great live! I guess it's fitting that this is the title track then. It even fades out with a cute solo!

Throw Me Through The Marshes
I like the lyrics, the guitar is also very good. It's slightly slow-pace and different, but still very Darkthrone. It picks up at the chorus / about halfway through, and slows down again as the first lines are repeated. It ends like every song that gets played live ever, haha.

Deep Lake Trespass
I like the riff! It starts off fast, and straight to the point. I like the drums as well. This also has that classic Darkthrone black N roll pace. It sounds really great! I like the little guitar part towards the end. It was too short for a solo, but it gave the song that little extra oomph.

The Wyoming Distance
I'm getting a very classic heavy metal vibe from this. I feel the lyrics are a little silly. Or is it just me?
This one also ends just like any live song would. This would probably be my least favorite on this album, which is kind of a shame, cause I like it when albums end and you sit with a good feeling.

I think Ted is very shy about his lyrics, cause his aren't in the booklet - Only pictures, like I've shown above. DarkLyrics (my favorite lyric site) has the lyrics, but not for Deep Lake Tresspass - and I can't seem to find it anywhere else either. Anyway, the album is very short as well, only 39 minutes. But that's completely normal for Darkthrone, most of their albums are 30-something minutes, with only a few peaking slight over 40 minutes. Darkthrone doesn't really need long albums. They manage to get out whatever they want to get out efficiently - They pack it all in there, and manage to come out with albums pretty often. They have 16 studio albums now (I went to my shelf and counted), and just that in itself is pretty good for 1991-2016! And I like them all.

By the time I'm writing this bit, I'm listening to it for the third time. So I'd say the fact that I CAN listen to it three times in a row and still enjoy it is pretty good! Most of these songs give me the Darkthrone that I love, who I can happily headbang/dance/bounce to. If you are familiar with Darkthrone, you probably know what I mean with ''black N roll riffs'', and this album is full of those. So if you're a fan of that, you'll definitely like this album. If you only like the ''TNBM'' albums you might not. But go ahead and be that close minded! If you're not familiar with Darkthrone at all, then I'm not sure. I'd probably start with the earlier albums from the early to mid-nineties.

So yes, those were my thoughts!
Hope you liked it, and if you have listened to this, let me know what you think!

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