In 2008, he says, they were offered $150,000 to play Hellfest in France. The following albums by Darkthrone are ranked highest in the greatest album charts: This may not be a complete discography for Darkthrone.This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. Start the Countdown here. That’s a long time for any band to remain intact — attrition claims most before they hit the decade mark — much less a band in such a turbulent scene: If you didn’t know, Norwegian black metal musicians are unusually prone to things like suicide, murder, and incarceration. A daring transition into black metal, just as Norway’s heavy metal community was finding its intended, unique voice with that terrifying medium, resulted in three of the style’s most revered works: A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger, by which time Fenriz and Nocturno were left to their own devices. Regardless of all that, Darkthrone will remain: steadfast, indestructible, unfathomable, so don’t be frightened and come along as we rank their discography from worst to best. 10/10: 6: 6. Consider a simplified example* of an item receiving ratings of 100, 50, & 0. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date indicated and are subject to change. As Fenriz said in one interview: i don’t know of any other drummer that deliberately decided to UN-LEARN drums. Let us know what you think of this artist by adding a comment or assigning a rating below! And for much of that time, Darkthrone has consisted of just two, versatile musicians and songwriters in Ted ‘Nocturno Culto ‘ Skjellum (vocals/guitars/bass) and Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell (drums/vocals) – except for their formative years in which, along with guitarist Zephyrous and bassist Dag Nielsen, they unleashed a death metal debut in 1991’s Soulside Journey. To separate their contributions at this point would be to destroy the songs entirely, much like the music of Becker and Fagen. Darkthrone Under a Funeral Moon (2001) 10/10: 10/10: 5: 5. The top ranked albums by Darkthrone are A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Transilvanian Hunger and Panzerfaust. Kathaarian Life Code 2. Fenriz has called his band “the Steely Dan of black metal,” partly because both Darkthrone and Steely Dan share a reticence toward live performance (more on that later), and partly because both are duos whose core members play numerous essential roles, and the absence of either member would mean the immediate dissolution of the band. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can, Include tracks from compilations & live albums. 9/10: 7: 7. Yet Darkthrone have somehow bucked this prophecy with a career that, against all odds, now spans a quarter century and a whopping sixteen studio albums – only Enslaved, at thirteen during a comparable timespan, even come close. In compiling this ranking of Darkthrone’s albums, I took into account only their studio LPs. 10/10: Underrated. On the Unholy Trinity, Darkthrone abandoned the sounds of day and looked backward, finding new inspiration in bands like Mercyful Fate, Motörhead, and — most prominently and most importantly — Sweden’s Bathory and Switzerland’s Celtic Frost, the two first-wave  black metal bands whose blueprints Darkthrone would study like scripture, from which they would build a new church. This figure is provided as the trimmed mean. Darkthrone Old Star (2019) 8/10: 8/10: 8: 8. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full, Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never. [b]Average: 4.17[/b] [b]Top five tracks: [/b] 1. Paragon Belial 3. Black metal’s nihilistic philosophies and destructive tendencies basically cursed its practitioners with brief and tormented careers – particularly among the Norwegian bands arising in the early 1990s, whose criminal endeavors gained even more publicity than their musical ones. The second average might be more trusted because there is more consensus around a particular rating (a lower deviation). But their career has been magnificently strange and diverse. As Fenriz himself notes, “The lyrics have changed, of course, because I’m really scared of people who haven’t changed their stance since they were 14. It’s kind of hilarious, too, to consider Steely Dan’s legendary studio perfectionism as an analogue to Darkthrone’s legendary commitment to lo-fidelity. Be the first to add a comment for this artist - add your comment! Showing latest 5 ratings for this artist. 9/10: Just awesome! (*In practice, some artists can have several thousand ratings) He closes nearly every interview with shouts out to the arcane bands he’s listening to at the moment, the bands he wants you to hear, too. I also largely ignored the band’s lyrics, which are frequently incomprehensible, although it should be noted that Fenriz is truly one of black metal’s greatest and most thoughtful lyricists, and he’s only gotten better and more interesting with age. Nocturno Culto had obtained a copy of Polish death metal band Vader’s 1989 demo, Necrolust, and both he and Fenriz were inspired by the sound. 8/10: Good but overrated. The necro sound has since become a defining quality of much black metal; even now, more than two decades later, it is prominent in the music of a growing wave of black metal artists who release music primarily (or exclusively) on cassette. The top rated tracks by Darkthrone are Transilvanian Hunger, As Flittermice As Satans Spys, Slottet I Det Fjerne, I En Hall Med Flesk Og Mj and Graven Takeheimens Saler.This artist appears in 197 charts and has received 0 comments and 11 ratings from BestEverAlbums.com site members. With that, let’s begin our descent into the amazing catalog of black metal’s essential band. Darkthrone Ravishing … It’s been 26 years since their formation (as Black Death), 22 years since their first LP (the technical death-metal album Soulside Journey), and 21 years since they abandoned technical death metal to play primitive black metal, the genre they helped to define, in Norway, alongside Mayhem and Burzum and a host of lesser (or later) luminaries. Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. A Blaze In The Northern Sky. Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger (1994) Good but overrated. To be sure, the demand for Darkthrone live shows is there. The same track can appear on multiple albums, so excluding tracks from compilations and live albums helps to remove duplicates from this list. Darkthrone Dark Thrones and Black Flags (2008) Just awesome! If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page! Last album update: October 10th, 2020 Last news update: October 10th, 2020 Visitors online: 9 Total albums: 57,577 Total reviews: 0 Total news items: 365 Total … As Fenriz has since noted: “It was not the usual copy [of the Necrolust demo]; Ted got a fucked-up copy, with lots of hissing in the background. Personally, there's only four Darkthrone albums for me. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can sometimes indicate 'gaming' is occurring. Like Zelig, Darkthrone were around for all of it — the church-burnings, the homicides, the bigotry — though they remained uninvolved with and untouched by nearly all the sensationalism, the madness. But the band members keep their day jobs — Culto is a schoolteacher; Fenriz works for the Norwegian postal service — so they won’t have to make any artistic compromises, including playing live. They were close friends and collaborators with Varg Vikernes, who played bass in Mayhem but made his own musical name as Burzum, before (and after) killing Euronymous. Include tracks from compilations & live albums | Exclude tracks from compilations & live albums The standard deviation for this artist is 17.8. The band’s work from 2007 to present day brings to life their oft-obscure, ancient heroes — Fenriz has loudly denied any influence dating later than the ’80s. … Also worth noting: It’s been 20 years since the band’s rhythm guitarist, Ivar “Zephyrous” Enger, parted ways with Darkthrone, and thus two decades of the band existing as a duo: Gylve Nagell and Ted Skjellum, better known as Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, respectively. Darkthrone's albums in order from my favorite to least favorite. and didn’t play anymore than that the last ten years and that’s a fact. But the Unholy Trinity represents only three years of a career that now approaches the three-decade mark, and for two of those decades, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have established a massive, weird discography, as well as a cult of personality. However, ratings of 55, 50 & 45 could also result in the same average. The band is best known for what has been called the Unholy Trinity — three consecutive LPs that came to define black metal: 1992’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky, ’93’s Under A Funeral Moon, and ’94’s Transilvanian Hunger. Rating metrics: See how we ranked the albums from one of Norway's best bands, Darkthrone. After that, all bets were off, as Fenriz and Nocturno gradually ran aground of their own creation; refined it just about as far as was feasible (and reasonable); broke off into unexpected stylistic tangents when it was least expected of them; and there’s still no telling where their long and twisted adventure will lead to next. Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment. Fenriz is excitable, loud — an endlessly quotable music obsessive who lives in the city, Oslo. They had almost completely stopped playing live by ’92, and they played their last gig ever in 1996 (a one-off event). i am not very interested in drummers, i quit playing drums with ambition in 1993. i don’t like playing drums and i ONLY play drums when we rehearse the song and after playing through the song once we start to record. | Show all 11 ratings for this artist. The same track can appear on multiple albums, so excluding tracks from compilations and live albums helps to remove duplicates from this list. These days, the band rehearses a couple times a year, if that. Those albums changed not only the sound of black metal, but its look, too: While most metal album covers at the time were elaborate, colorful fantasies stuffed to claustrophobic capacity with gore, sci-fi, or Lovecraftian imagery, the Unholy Trinity featured stark images of solitary humans (who were painted white and garbed in black, and who looked like ghosts or vampires), like decayed frames from silent horror movies. This artist is rated in the top 6% of all artists on BestEverAlbums.com. Leave No Cross Unturned 4. The two men are like two sides of a vinyl LP: inextricably connected yet utterly unique. Fenriz plays the drums, writes the lyrics, does the interviews (hundreds of interviews per year, he claims); Culto plays the guitar, the bass, sings, writes the riffs, and handles all aspects of the band’s business dealings (they’ve been on two labels over the course of their career: Peaceville, from 1990 to ’94; Moonfog from ’95 to 2004; and back to Peaceville from 2005 to present day). Nocturno Culto is quiet, aloof, distant; he lives in Trysil, the forests of Norway, six hours from his bandmate. Perspective is everything, as Aimee Mann says.”. In a 2011 interview, Fenriz told Metal Maniacs that the band had been offered $200,000 (plus expenses) to play the 2007 Wacken Open-Air Festival in Germany. That love of music is evident in every incarnation of Darkthrone. (Heck, even before they were part of the Inner Circle, they were everywhere: Their logo — which has remained consistent since Soulside Journey, and is probably the most famous and coolest metal logo this side of the Slayer slashes — was drawn by Tomas Lindberg, lead singer of At The Gates and Disfear.).