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Release date: 25 February 2013
Style: Black metal, Crust punk , Heavy metal

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01. Dead Early
02. Valkyrie
03. Lesser Men
04. The Ones You Left Behind
05. Come Warfare, The Entire Doom
06. Leave No Cross Unturned

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Line-up
Ted "Nocturno Culto" "Kveldulv" Skjellum - guitars, vocals, bass
Leif Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell - drums, vocals, bass

Staff review by
wormdrink414

Rating:
8.3
Sometimes articulating what it is you love about a band's music can, to an extent, damage the magic the music in question has on you. Sometimes. So, as a Darkthrone fanboy, it feels like I should approach all this delicately.

Cos Darkthrone's the fucking tits. All hail Darkthrone \ m /

Their previous four full lengths seem to have, in general, successfully split their fanbase in two. On one side you've got the fans of their old kvlt stuff exclusively, the "the fuck is this wannabe 80s punk shit" people, and on the other you have the "if you don't like this, you don't like real metal, so FOAD" types. I lean toward the latter side. Their newer stuff teems and sloshes with the kind of inebriated energy I love most from heavy music. Their older stuff? Some of it kinda did, some of it didn't at all.

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published 03.03.2013 | Comments (23)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

01.03.2013 For the first time in three years everyone's favorite demonic duo are back with another platter of new wave of blackened crust punk fun. Leave the detraction to lesser men, leave no cross unturned and no beer unopened.

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Mr. Doctor - 21.01.2012 at 18:24  
  Can't wait to read *another* wave of "their latest stuff sucks so much* comments.
Void Eater - 21.01.2012 at 19:36  
  Just here because it'll happen someday, or has an album been announced?
BitterCOld - 21.01.2012 at 22:02  
Rating: 8 Yeah, the 1-2 take approach and owning their own studio enables them to crank it when they get together.
Vombatus - 22.01.2012 at 21:51  
Rating: 8 I have a feeling that 2012 is gonna be an epic year for new releases.... for this one, the only thing I ask is riff, upon riff, upon rifffffff !

They won't disappoint, for sure.
Verdun_sc - 03.02.2012 at 05:37  
Rating: 8 I dont care what anyone says, I love pretty much everything Darkthrone have done. This promises to be as good as usual.
RavenKing - 04.02.2012 at 00:51  
 
Written by Vombatus on 22.01.2012 at 21:51

They won't disappoint, for sure.


Oh, I'm quite sure they won't disappoint me...
wormdrink414 - 27.07.2012 at 04:56  
Rating: 9 THE UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE. Sounds Frenchy and badass.
Troy Killjoy - 27.07.2012 at 05:00  
  Regardless of their style, I'm positive this is not going to be bad. Pure black, crust punk, doom, whatever.
Boxcar Willy - 27.07.2012 at 06:23  
Rating: 7
Written by wormdrink414 on 27.07.2012 at 04:56

THE UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE. Sounds Frenchy and badass.

Limited to 666 digipak, now with kvlt baguette!
Vombatus - 16.01.2013 at 00:39  
Rating: 8 Awesomeness Incarnate:

psykometal - 18.01.2013 at 10:16  
  ^^^Reminds me of a more black metal King Diamond. I dig it quite a bit and look forward the album's release...
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.01.2013 at 11:52  
Rating: 7
Written by psykometal on 18.01.2013 at 10:16

^^^Reminds me of a more black metal King Diamond. I dig it quite a bit and look forward the album's release...



why keep people saying it reminds them of Kind Diamond when it sounds way more like a mix of Exciter and Agent Steel, especially the John Cyriis like vocals and halfway it goes into total Celtic Frost territory
psykometal - 18.01.2013 at 20:51  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.01.2013 at 11:52

why keep people saying it reminds them of Kind Diamond when it sounds way more like a mix of Exciter and Agent Steel, especially the John Cyriis like vocals and halfway it goes into total Celtic Frost territory

Maybe cuz those of us saying King Diamond are not as familiar with those aforementioned bands as you?
psykometal - 18.01.2013 at 20:52  
  I wonder if we should tell Jooe his list is outdated...
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.01.2013 at 21:19  
Rating: 6
Written by psykometal on 18.01.2013 at 20:52

I wonder if we should tell Jooe his list is outdated...

I've been aware for a while that a ton of stuff on that list is obsolete. I can't be arsed to edit it though. Might just delete it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 19.01.2013 at 01:41  
Rating: 7
Written by psykometal on 18.01.2013 at 20:51

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.01.2013 at 11:52

why keep people saying it reminds them of Kind Diamond when it sounds way more like a mix of Exciter and Agent Steel, especially the John Cyriis like vocals and halfway it goes into total Celtic Frost territory

Maybe cuz those of us saying King Diamond are not as familiar with those aforementioned bands as you?


and given Darkthrone's penchant for more obsucre heavy metal and speed metal and referecing that in their music it is also way more logical to have Agent Steel and Exciter shine through than KD ;-)
psykometal - 19.01.2013 at 01:50  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.01.2013 at 01:41

and given Darkthrone's penchant for more obsucre heavy metal and speed metal and referecing that in their music it is also way more logical to have Agent Steel and Exciter shine through than KD ;-)

Fair enough, you would know better about the older metal than I do. Plus I never got that big into Darkthrone but since I have recently acquired a slight taste for crust punk and knowing that Darkthrone shifted to crustpunk some albums back and now hearing this new (and rather interesting) shift I am thinking I need to go back and give Darkthrone another listen.

I have all their albums up to The Cult Is Alive but since I never acquired much of a taste for them or crust punk I never bothered to check out anything past TCIA... *shrug*
Mr. Doctor - 19.01.2013 at 02:36  
 
Written by psykometal on 19.01.2013 at 01:50
I have all their albums up to The Cult Is Alive but since I never acquired much of a taste for them or crust punk I never bothered to check out anything past TCIA... *shrug*


If you liked this then check out the ones after TCIA.... They didn't really continue with crust punka fter that one.
scapeplan - 19.01.2013 at 08:09  
  "Leave No Cross Unturned" sounds awesome and terrible at the same time, although I'm leaning towards awesome.
DeathMetalKnight - 23.01.2013 at 12:04  
  Yeah, I'm not fan of new Darkthrone, but hey, let's just listen to old Darkthrone and that's it. Who cares if they suck now...
Mr. Doctor - 23.01.2013 at 13:41  
 
Written by DeathMetalKnight on 23.01.2013 at 12:04

Yeah, I'm not fan of new Darkthrone, but hey, let's just listen to old Darkthrone and that's it. Who cares if they suck now...


It would be so awesome if more people were like you. xD To hear the same whiny comments was fun the first or two times they released an album of this style but now it's getting old.
Vombatus - 02.02.2013 at 20:28  
Rating: 8 http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14867-leave-no-cross-unturned/

Full version of the song. I approve. Just what one expected, two nice songs smashed together.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.02.2013 at 15:01  
Rating: 6 Not quite sure why that song is 14 minutes long. There's nowhere near enough going on there to warrant it. Quite uninteresting.
Unhealer - 03.02.2013 at 15:30  
Rating: 8 The riff at the end
squidrick420 - 04.02.2013 at 22:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.01.2012 at 18:24

Can't wait to read *another* wave of "their latest stuff sucks so much* comments.


They suck because they aren't kvlt!!! Jk, I actually love all their new stuff, but it helps that I am already a fan of crust punk to begin with. But yeah I am looking forward to more people bitching about how they aren't full on black metal anymore, it just shows who appreciates the music versus those who listen to old Darkthrone to gain some kind of status or whatever it is they are trying to do.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.02.2013 at 14:26  
Rating: 6 This seems ok on first play through. Not as good as I was hoping but not as bad as I was expecting based on the song they released. Could be a grower.
Unhealer - 18.02.2013 at 19:49  
Rating: 8 Valkyrie is a really good song. This release may be as enjoyable as their previous one was.
ANGEL REAPER - 23.02.2013 at 12:49  
  This album...wait for it....fuckin kills!
wormdrink414 - 26.02.2013 at 09:58  
Rating: 9 Leave No Cross Unturned ended up being the highlight for me. Love that song. Rest of the album is all really good, none of it hits me as hard as that track and their previous four full lengths do though.
Valaskjalf - 26.02.2013 at 22:12  
Rating: 3 Pretty much what I expected.
Metal_Buff - 27.02.2013 at 02:42  
Rating: 9 I love all the predictable hate for new Darkthrone albums... As if your thoughts on the state of Black Metal are more important than Fenris'! You can't make Black Metal 20 years into a successful career, it wouldn't be genuine (and let's face it, genuine is about the only compliment you can give to early Darkthrone, I mean it's pretty ghastly stuff

At any rate, after a few repeats I am thoroughly enjoying this one; much improved vocals, and Valkyrie is a straight up epic track! Possibly their best yet!
Androgenyus - 27.02.2013 at 04:07  
Rating: 9 I did not hear the rest of the album but 'Leave No Cross Unturned' is fucking awesome! It reminds me Mercyful Fate mixed with Type O Negative (first album and maybe Carnivore). The track can be heard entirely on Pitchfork -> http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17642-darkthrone-the-underground-resistance/
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.02.2013 at 12:41  
Rating: 6
Written by Metal_Buff on 27.02.2013 at 02:42

I love all the predictable hate for new Darkthrone albums... As if your thoughts on the state of Black Metal are more important than Fenris'! You can't make Black Metal 20 years into a successful career, it wouldn't be genuine (and let's face it, genuine is about the only compliment you can give to early Darkthrone, I mean it's pretty ghastly stuff

At any rate, after a few repeats I am thoroughly enjoying this one; much improved vocals, and Valkyrie is a straight up epic track! Possibly their best yet!

Nice diatribe, but there's no black metal here anyway. It's competent, if very unoriginal, speed metal being driven by the fame of the band's past Having a successful career doesn't mean you have to be consistently good throughout it. Darkthrone probably have a 50% good quality ratio at best. To me this album has a nice sound but is let down by some flat and uninteresting song writing.
musicalkaratekid - 27.02.2013 at 14:07  
Rating: 9 I've always thought that Darkthrone were great at producing this style of raw, thrashy Black Metal and on their latest album they do it very well indeed. Each and every song seems to have its own memorable qualities and the vocals, although a little strange when sung 'cleanly', add to the consistency of the sound in general. In particular 'Valkyrie', 'The ones you left behind' and apt closer 'Leave no cross unturned' each present a bit of variety on Darkthrone's part. The riffs on every song charge along with simplistic yet furious style and the harsher vocals do add to the raw, slightly primitive sound that the instrumentation produces. Fuck the haters, this album rules.
Mr. Doctor - 27.02.2013 at 15:01  
 
Written by musicalkaratekid on 27.02.2013 at 14:07
I've always thought that Darkthrone were great at producing this style of raw, thrashy Black Metal


But is this.... really BM? No, it's not. I like modern Darkthrone but I find it hard to call it BM. Just some cool punk/heavy metal with some black/thrash influences here and there.
If this were to go to Metalstorm Awards, I'd like to see this in heavy metal category, nowhere near black.
musicalkaratekid - 27.02.2013 at 16:33  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.02.2013 at 15:01

Written by musicalkaratekid on 27.02.2013 at 14:07
I've always thought that Darkthrone were great at producing this style of raw, thrashy Black Metal


But is this.... really BM? No, it's not. I like modern Darkthrone but I find it hard to call it BM. Just some cool punk/heavy metal with some black/thrash influences here and there.
If this were to go to Metalstorm Awards, I'd like to see this in heavy metal category, nowhere near black.


I say Black Metal in the way that bands like Mercyful Fate and Bathory were categorized as 'Black Metal', and not the kind that Darkthrone played on 'A blaze...'. This is quite obviously influenced by Heavy Metal and Speed Metal but I can also identify with the really early Black Metal sound in the 80's. But yeah, I agree with you that this album would fit in the Heavy Metal category in the awards.
Mr. Doctor - 27.02.2013 at 17:26  
 
Written by musicalkaratekid on 27.02.2013 at 16:33
I say Black Metal in the way that bands like Mercyful Fate and Bathory were categorized as 'Black Metal', and not the kind that Darkthrone played on 'A blaze...'. This is quite obviously influenced by Heavy Metal and Speed Metal but I can also identify with the really early Black Metal sound in the 80's.


I see what you mean by that, I agree in that sense.
Metal_Buff - 28.02.2013 at 02:52  
Rating: 9 Yeah I didn't mean to say this is supposed to be Black Metal, more that if Darkthrone doesn't want to do Black Metal, than any self-respecting fan should understand that it's with good reason. I can't stop playing it, that's all that matters to me!
Boxcar Willy - 28.02.2013 at 03:18  
Rating: 7 Meh, not good, but not bad.

6.5
garmling - 02.03.2013 at 14:04  
Rating: 3 Just checked in after long time this band...all I can say Darkthrone truly gone after Sardonic Wrath....this new so called Darkthrone is nothing more than a drunken homage to band's idols with a few flashes of their early brilliance (so this rating is for those moments)...and when some other band is copying some established band you all spit on them! looks like Darkthrone can shit on paper and you'll all buy it...damn, are you deaf?
musicalkaratekid - 02.03.2013 at 14:10  
Rating: 9
Written by garmling on 02.03.2013 at 14:04

damn, are you deaf?


I'd ask you the same question, but to each his own.
garmling - 02.03.2013 at 16:47  
Rating: 3
Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.03.2013 at 14:10

Written by garmling on 02.03.2013 at 14:04

damn, are you deaf?


I'd ask you the same question, but to each his own.


I agree, we all have different tastes, but c'mon this is absolutely unoriginal and tribute like...especially since those bands they try so hard to copy (Venom, Merciful Fate, Sodom etc) sounds million times better than this average crap...like I said, this is not Darkthrone but some poor parody of 80's metal scene...
Unhealer - 02.03.2013 at 18:15  
Rating: 8
Written by garmling on 02.03.2013 at 16:47

I agree, we all have different tastes, but c'mon this is absolutely unoriginal and tribute like...


Well, it's not like they tried to fool us, they openly recognize their newer albums are just paying tribute to their "idols". Don't try too hard if you know you won't like that...
musicalkaratekid - 02.03.2013 at 21:50  
Rating: 9
Written by garmling on 02.03.2013 at 16:47

Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.03.2013 at 14:10

Written by garmling on 02.03.2013 at 14:04

damn, are you deaf?


I'd ask you the same question, but to each his own.


I agree, we all have different tastes, but c'mon this is absolutely unoriginal and tribute like...especially since those bands they try so hard to copy (Venom, Merciful Fate, Sodom etc) sounds million times better than this average crap...like I said, this is not Darkthrone but some poor parody of 80's metal scene...


Well I'm afraid I beg to differ. I've tracked Darkthrone's entire discography since 'A Blaze in the northern sky' and, although it isn't as original as I'd like it to be, I really am not disappointed by this album at all. This is certainly Darkthrone, but it's a different one from what we've come to expect from albums such as 'The cult is alive' and 'hate them'. Plus I can't see why you think Darkthrone are "copying" Venom, Mercyful Fate or Sodom-Darkthrone don't sound anything like these bands, and especially not on "The underground Resistance".

I can see why this album gets ratings as low as yours though. Fortunately for me I love the style
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.03.2013 at 14:13  
Rating: 6 Been trying to treat this like I did Circle, i.e. giving it repeated listens in various scenarios in the hope that the songs grow on me (like they did with Circle) and while it worked for some sections all in all in just served to highlight how thoroughly bland the song writing is. The ballsy, grimy sound is great but the dynamics are flatter than a super model's breasts on Jupiter.

Farkthrone (I can't be arsed to correct that phone-typo) seem to be caught in two black and white opposing camps at the moment. We have the new era fanboys accusing any dissenters of this to be stuck in the past / misunderstanding what the band is truly about (because they're oh so rebellious in doing what they want) against fans of ye old Transilvanian Blaze in the Northern Moon who say they're just ripping off old cult heavy punk speed metal and what they're doing now is of no value. The truth of the matter is though is that duo have released quality albums in both eras, but they've also released a lot of shite too. Saying one camp is better than the other is not an argument that works for a band as inconsistent as this. I think this record belongs in the dump with Goat Lord et al.
tea[m]ster - 03.03.2013 at 18:26  
Rating: 6 First time listening to this band. I had to because I've read great things about this album all over the internet. If I ever need a diversion or something different or feel like listening to a cross between Motorhead and King Diamond I will play this first. I may have to spin it a few more times to see if I "get it".
Lord_Regnier - 03.03.2013 at 19:16  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.03.2013 at 14:13

The truth of the matter is though is that duo have released quality albums in both eras, but they've also released a lot of shite too. Saying one camp is better than the other is not an argument that works for a band as inconsistent as this.


I'll be honest, I will tell right away that I belong to the camp of those who like the Peaceville trilogy but believe modern Darkthrone is utterly worthless crap. If I want to listen to Motorhead, I'll listen to Motorhead. Same for Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, etc. Also, I think Darkthrone release way too many albums. Perhaps if they released less stuff, then they could come with something worthwhile.
Mind you, I'm not angry at them. I'll just stick to the Darkthrone I like, which means their BM stuff.
Like a few ones mentioned already, their new stuff is not BM.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.03.2013 at 19:24  
Rating: 6
Written by Lord_Regnier on 03.03.2013 at 19:16

I'll be honest, I will tell right away that I belong to the camp of those who like the Peaceville trilogy but believe modern Darkthrone is utterly worthless crap. If I want to listen to Motorhead, I'll listen to Motorhead. Same for Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, etc. Also, I think Darkthrone release way too many albums. Perhaps if they released less stuff, then they could come with something worthwhile.
Mind you, I'm not angry at them. I'll just stick to the Darkthrone I like, which means their BM stuff.
Like a few ones mentioned already, their new stuff is not BM.

I had a feeling you'd feel that way and I do agree that there is no black metal, or even punk of any sort really, in this.
Nunzie 69 - 04.03.2013 at 01:04  
Rating: 8 Got me a soft spot in my heart for this one. Reminds me of the my teen years browsing the metal section of an independent record store discovering underground bands. This would fit nicely on the rack next to Celtic Frost. Merciful Fate, Venom and even pre-Seven Keys Helloween. I don't care what you youngens think LOL!!!
Vombatus - 04.03.2013 at 15:40  
Rating: 8 After a few listens, this might be my least favorite "new-era" Darkthrone (and probably the full catalogue along with Plaguewielder).
Helluva enjoyable with a beer by thy side, but it lacks something compared to the other ones... maybe the dirtiness ? too much 80' and not enough crust/heavy/speed/black blend of previous albums ?
Only 6 songs make it short and easily memorable, but also a bit empty... specially considering some songs are unnecessarily long (last one could have been chopped in half and be even better).

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