Darkthrone - Under A Funeral Moon review


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Band: Darkthrone
Album: Under A Funeral Moon
Release date: June 1993

01. Natassja In Eternal Sleep
02. Summer Of The Diabolical Holocaust
03. The Dance Of Eternal Shadows
04. Unholy Black Metal
05. To Walk The Infernal Fields
06. Under A Funeral Moon
07. Inn I De Dype Skogers Favn
08. Crossing The Triangle Of Flames

Under a Funeral Moon is the cream in the Oreo of Darkthrone's Peaceville trilogy, a cream that seems to be overlooked by fans - most likely due to the change in ingredients. It's only a slight change, but a change nonetheless. Compared to her siblings, she's the ugly one of the bunch, but definitely the smartest.

Still present is the quintessential Norwegian black metal sound typical of the early '90s, raw and under-produced, but done so in a way that can almost be off-putting... at least, more so than is traditional of black metal's most influential second wave pioneers. The instrumentation is to be expected of a release from this period, with chainsaw-like distorted guitars; a vile, raspy vocal delivery; and extreme blastbeat mayhem.

The difference lies in the unequaled songwriting depth and variation. The songs are twisted, contorted in a way that structurally leaves them sticking out like a sore thumb, honest and uncompromising and disgusting in every aspect. It's a test of will, a test of your listening ability. The organic feel is anything but accessible, and the average listener could experience serious dementia as a result of attempting to digest such corruption.

The strong occult vibe synonymous with early Darkthrone is blatant this time around, relentless in its presence, dragging you into the darkness of a wintry night, so cold in the midnight frost, leaving you in solitude to slip into an eternal rest... a frozen, dying mess. This genuine, honest approach is a challenge to the listener, a challenge to work through the chaos and grit and sift through to reach the light. And the only light present is cast from the mocking moon, casting shadows and playing with your mind until you don't know whether you're dead or alive.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 10


Written on 14.01.2012 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.

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04.01.2013 - 00:20
Great review, Troy. I love this album. I was surprised by the general amount of catchiness here, something oft lost by many of their contemporaries constantly searching for that perfect atmosphere. This record happens to have both, and that goes for its predecessor, too.
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