Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

Legendary duo continue righteous retro worship

Coming hot on the heels of the recent reissue of 1992’s iconic A Blaze In The Northern Sky, The Underground Resistance is confirmation, if any were needed, that Darkthrone are now an altogether different beast to the one that helped introduce Norwegian black metal to the world two decades ago. Coming three years after its predecessor, Circle The Wagons, the band’s latest opus sees them digging even further into classic old school punk and heavy metal – a move that will continue to infuriate some devotees of their genre-defining 90s output, while nonetheless pleasing more open-minded metal fans.

Either way, the album can probably be considered the most successful effort of the band’s current incarnation, with members Fenriz and Nocturno Culto balancing the visceral and organic spirit that has long defined their output with an increasingly considered (but never, ever polished) approach to songwriting. Some might find the self-consciously and highly specific 70s/80s-worship contrived but, when the falsetto vocals and various other joyful exuberances are neatly balanced with such suitably (Celtic) frosty riffing (best highlighted by the 14-minute adrenaline rush of Leave No Cross Unturned), it’s hard not to give them the benefit of the doubt.  

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Reviewed by Dayal Patterson
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