Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

Published: Mar 30, 2013 Filed under: Rock & Heavy Metal

The Underground Resistance
by Darkthrone

Label: Peaceville / Snapper
Release Date: February 26, 2013

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"Darkthrone" Aims To Take The Throne Of Metal With New Release

Darkthrone are a mainstay on the Norwegian black metal scene. After 2 and a half decades you would think they might decide to take it easy for a little while, but their fifteenth, and latest, album "The Underground Resistance," quickly dispels the thought. Their last few albums have included elements of crust punk, thrash metal, and more. On this outing the duo leaves any element of punk behind and takes on an album that is classic metal.

Nocturno Culto and Fenriz have hit a vein in this album. At times it almost seems like a British metal vein at that. "The Underground Resistance" is six songs of pure metal. I can't say that enough. This takes us back to the 80s, the heyday. Chugging riffs that aren't afraid to slow down if the need arises. They aren't trying to be anything other than themselves.

"The Underground Resistance" is their most polished album to date as well. They manage this without going overboard, which is important. The instruments sound good, the vocals sound as good as they can get, but you don't feel fake listening to it. No AutoTune, no digital guitar effects. That stuff isn't metal, didn't you know?

Darkthrone's latest effort won't appeal to mainstream metal fans anytime soon, but that doesn't seem to matter to them. Each album they create further deepens their sound and is all their own. If, however, you are missing the 1980s metal that influenced your younger self, this might be just for you.


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