Note from the editor: this review was first published at my main blog and since I moved here I've decided to edit and repost those archived reviews once in a while just to get the database complete and give a second life to those earlier writings.
DarkThrone - The Underground Resistance (2013, Peaceville Records)
Being a fan of Darkthrone since their release of Soulside Journey, I dropped the ball when they changed genre after Sardonic Wrath. I was not ready to listen to crust-punk from a band that was crying out loud Unholy Black Metal.
The two piece group of Nocturno Culto (vocals, bass, guitar) and Fenriz (vocals, drums) managed to star as a Death Metal band (Soulside Journey), a second wave of Norwegian Black Metal (A
Blaze in the Northern Sky, Transylvanian
Thrones and Black Flags) and with The Underground Resistance a hint of punk, and heavy metal.
As Fenriz is a fan of obscure music since his early years, the musical interests of Darkthrone are vast and could not be contained only in the Black Metal genre. Even if their name relates to the genre that Norway defined in the early 1990’s, Darkthrone is the dedication of underground music lovers that makes music they like to listen. Just like any aging musician, they don’t have to prove to the world anything and they make the records they want to make.
Surprisingly, this a very accessible record and many fans of heavy metal of the 1980’s could easily relate to many of the songs on The Underground Resistance. Even if its title reminds of the crust punk explorations, it is an album that calls Voivod for sure, Iron Maiden (early), Judas Priest (vocals on Leave No Cross Unturned), and maybe a bit of Bad Brains. The better term would be a crossover heavy metal album.