Dissecting Darkthrone: A Discography Breakdown

Tired of these yet? No? Good to hear! You’ve stuck with me through my first 3 installments and I’m looking forward to much more. This time, I take on the Second Wave of Black Metal innovators known as Darkthrone. Whether it be from their grim breakthroughs in black metal, drummer Fenriz’s current political status or simply “that one band those dudes talk about all the time”, I am willing to bet everyone here knows of Darkthrone. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has in fact listened to them, though. With their sixteenth album coming out on October 14th I thought it would be a perfect time to dive deep into this extravagant discography of twists and turns to see how the band got to their current state.

Soulside Journey (1991) & A Blaze In The Northern Sky (1992)

As many of you know, though some may not, Second Wave stalwarts Darkthrone started as a death metal band and Soulside Journey is a direct result of their endeavors as such. This debut is an interesting beast that proves Darkthrone very well could have been a prominent act in the death metal realm. The band, initially a 4 piece, recorded a haunting concoction of death and doom that is laden with keyboard driven atmospheric overtones, setting it apart from their peers at the time. A shocking development on this album is its technicality and tonality. The band knows how to use their instruments with great confidence and the production value is fairly clean and open for an early 90s Death Metal album. Though somewhat forgettable within the history of Darkthrone, Soulside Journey stands well in its own class.

Any fan base Darkthrone intended on building with Soulside got kicked to the curb with A Blaze In The Northern Sky. Like a bag of moldy tangerines, Darkthrone tosses their cleaner death metal sound in the trash and replace it with a grim, lo-fi offering that starts Darkthrone’s run of black metal classics. Worth noting, however, is the slight death metal vibe a listener might receive from the riffs but it is clear that Darkthrone are striding into the ever dark forest. I personally find it astonishing that a budding death metal band decided to turn their direction on its head in the span of one year and to most this transition may seem backward, but Darkthrone knew exactly what they were doing by joining the black metal allegiance. Soulside was cold, but compared to Blaze, it is the Sahara Desert.

Under A Funeral Moon (1993) & Transylvanian Hunger (1994)

Darkthrone eschews all residual death metal and embraces the cold dead winter completely on their third LP. Under A Funeral Moon shows the sound Fenriz and co. were developing on Blaze come into full fruition. I can see now why Darkthrone are hailed in such high regard, how many bands can you think of that have ripped this sound off? Plenty. The riffs are raw, the drumming is strong and the vocals are anguished resulting in a  grim atmosphere. All of this atmosphere wouldn’t be worth much on its own, luckily the songwriting here is truly brilliant, riffs intertwine within each other and use subtleties that require the utmost attention to pick up. Due to this, headphones are an absolute must for the experience.

Darkthrone takes a turn towards the epic with Transylvanian Hunger. Perhaps it is the constant, pulsating blast of the drums or the chosen chord progressions but Transylvanian Hunger feels, for lack of a better term, triumphant. There is a certain mighty appeal to this album that recalls the sounds first heard within Bathory albums and utilized by fellow second wavers, Enslaved.The guitars take an interesting form by using constant tremolo picking while the chords and notes themselves progress slowly, adding a dense swirling effect. Under a Funeral Moon felt like a midnight forest walk, but Transylvanian Hunger fits perfectly into an ancient battlefield setting. The clashing of warriors is heard through Fenriz’s cymbals and Nocturno’s battle like cries.

Panzerfaust (1995) & Total Death (1996)

Roughly translating to “armor fist”, Darkthrone’s fifth album Panzerfaust is an aural assault taken straight into the trenches. Once again change their game and broaden their musical scope by adding just the right amount of traditional doom to the mix. Songs like “The Hordes of Nebulah” chug along at a slow, Celtic Frostian pace that would make Tom G Warrior “UGH!” out of respect. This is also the first album with which I’ve found myself outright headbanging with. The past three seem to be best enjoyed in introspective solitude but Panzerfaust begs to be blasted out of car windows and mercilessly headbanged to. My only complaint is that the vocal performance is sloppy, like drunken mess sloppy. Though it is hard to make that a complaint because it actually almost works with the vibe of the album.

Total Death takes the approach of Panzerfaust but tightens the screws a bit to create a more concise album. Unfortunately, in doing so, they lose the charm that Panzerfaust had. The Motörhead  vibe is turned up on a lot of the songs and at the same time, they beckon back to Under a Funeral Moon, with the drumming particularly making the blasts a more prevalent factor. Even though these points sound positive, Total Death didn’t grab me as much as the past albums had. At this point in their career and after 6 albums in just as many years, I suppose I can give the band a little slack. They can’t all be zingers.

Ravishing Grimness (1999) & Plaguewielder (2001)

Initially, I thought Ravishing Grimness was going to end up as Total Death Pt. 2, that was not the case, however. “Lifeless” starts and it is a bit lackluster but the album opens up nicely with “The Claws of Time” and the title track having some of my favorite Darkthrone riffs thus far. The band is able to find a nice mid-paced backbone for the album that allows them to deviate when needed. It is also worth noting that this is Darkthrone’s cleanest sounding album since Soulside Journey, something I did not expect to discover. The song structures have smoother transitions and the instruments are well-balanced in the mix, perhaps we will see more of this in the future.

The first thing noticeably different about Plaguewielder is its artwork. Gone are the monochromatic photos and landscapes, we now have a Dave McKean influenced collage in its place. As the album starts, the grim utterance about death and life seems like a throwback to A Blaze In The Northern Sky and I am expecting a more “classic” Darkthrone album. As the cover suggests, however, they have have changed once again. What we are presented with is an album full of good ideas, but that lacks any real memorability. The riffs sound like they are trying to recapture Panzerfaust but instead just float along in a raft of mediocrity. The biggest exception to this though is album closer “Wreak”, that song slays. As lackluster as the album is the vocal performance is done with unique precision and the production is again, cleaner.

Hate Them (2003) & Sardonic Wrath (2004)

Hate Them is the darker, bleaker older brother of its two predecessors. It begins with an airish open soundscape and delves into the band’s introspective early works. The album scratches in just the right places with just the right techniques (like Fenriz’s d-beats) that it ends up being a fairly enjoyable listen. Unlike the past two albums, though, we find a rawer quality to the overall sound which can be seen as a band trying to recapture the old magic. Hate Them also is the first album in which lyrics really stuck out intensely to me, during “Fucked Up and Ready To Die” Nocturno shouts the words, rather clearly actually, “let’s leave this sinking ship together/the water of life will fill your lungs/drink til you bleed/when contradiction fail to soothe.” I know they have more intense lyrics around, but the moment I heard that it struck a weird chord.

Sardonic Wrath is a decent summation of Darkthrone’s career up until this point. Throughout the album, you can dissect its passages and pinpoint each background to any specific moment in their catalog. This is not to say the album is without new qualities however as there is a certain air of punk in the atmosphere. Perhaps to further this particular aesthetic, Sardonic Wrath has an even rawer and more DIY sound than both Plaguewielder and Total Death, but not overly raw to dissuade any new listeners. The riffs cut through heavily in the mix, Nocturno’s vocal execution is killer and Fenriz’s drumming is primal mastery in what seems to be a rejuvenation of Darkthrone’s material. After the slight degradation from the last few albums they have returned past glory and I look forward to the future of the band.

The Cult Is Alive (2006) & F.O.A.D. (2007)

Where Sardonic Wrath was still a black metal album with punk tendencies, The Cult Is Alive presents itself as a punk album with only slight black metal tendencies. And no I am not talking about the nonsensical “pop-punk” either, I am talking grimy crust punk of the nth degree. The opening verse of “Too Old Too Cold” refrains “Nothing to prove/Just a hellish rock’n’roll freak/You call your metal black/It’s just plastic, lame and weak” describing exactly the band’s feelings toward the black metal scene of the time and an explanation for such a harsh transition. Throughout this album the lyrics are in the same vein; describing graveyard promiscuity, whisky binges, and further distaste about their once prominent scene. I must hand it to Darkthrone, they absolutely take no shit, stick to their guns and do what they want. Being a punk fan myself, I couldn’t help but smile throughout most of the album, the riffs killed and it was a good time.

F.O.A.D. is exactly what I love about heavy metal. It has elements of speed metal, traditional metal, crust punk and an ever-so-slight hint of the band’s black past. What I enjoy most is the fact that Darkthrone have made a tribute to their obvious love of heavy metal in a short 40 minutes, a feat that I can’t even put into words. Not many bands have been able (or even try) to step back, look at themselves, remember why they do what they do and make an album based solely on what they see. A key point that really helps to make this album is Fenriz’s extra duties as a vocalist. While he has provided some in the past, he sings nearly 50% of this album and even supplies a magical falsetto during “Canadian Metal.” Additionally; the riffs are catchy, the song lyrics are fun, the production is unbeatable and the artwork rules. In my mind, this album is near perfection.

Dark Thrones And Black Flags (2008) & Circle The Wagons (2010)

What is that I spy? The same character from F.O.A.D. is gracing this cover as well, that’s what! You know what that means? More excellence from these Norwegian metalheads. Dark Thrones and Black Flags continues the new sounds Darkthrone embraced on F.O.A.D. and once again I am sold on it. The band plays right into the crusty speed metal, this time with a darker edge. Many of the riff structures here have a black metal feel to them than previously, creating a slight ominous ambiance around the album at times. Turning over a new leaf, Darkthrone has plenty of fun (I’m not saying they didn’t have fun before this era, just that it is blatantly obvious now) and “Hanging out in Hainger” is a raucous party starter if I’ve ever heard one.

M!P!D!S opens Circle The Wagons, Darkthrone’s 14th album and what follows is another catchy speed metal album, this time with a little less emphasis on the dirt and crust. Circle The Wagons is, surprisingly enough, a fairly clean album. Nocturno and Fenriz trade-off songs with ease and churn out riffs like a well-oiled machine while the production is level and the recording doesn’t sound like it was in the red. If you were to imagine F.O.A.D. as a debut release, Circle The Wagons is the refined 3rd album with a more evolved production (think Kill ’em All vs Master of Puppets). I find it uncanny how Darkthrone has  practically been four different bands at this point in their career and can show progression through each phase, not even caring what others think. It is truly admirable.

Underground Resistance  (2013)

After Circle the Wagons Darkthrone dropped practically all of the crust and punk influence from their sound. This change (yes, yet another!) resulted in The Underground Resistance, a stripped down, traditional heavy metal album. As you can see from the album art, the band plays into the warrior laden aesthetic of early Celtic Frost and Viking-era Bathory. The songs trudge along at a solid mid-pace with the occasional amped up thrashing, adding to a largely triumphant atmosphere and sounding just a bit like Di’anno led Iron Maiden. Overall this album is solid, especially for a band this far into their career, not many bands would find the drive to continue along these paths but Darkthrone prevailed. As a side note, “Valkyrie” will rank high as one of my favorite Darkthrone songs.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! THE LIST! Now remember folks, this is just my personal favorite list, not a definitive end all, be all master list. I can already hear the bickering in the comments below and as always the list is subject to change.

1. F.O.A.D.
2. Transylvanian Hunger
3. Panzerfaust
4. Circle The Wagons
5. Under A Funeral Moon
6. A Blaze In The Northern Sky
7. Dark Thrones and Black Flags
8. The Underground Resistance
9. Ravishing Grimness
10. Hate Them
11. Soulside Journey
12. The Cult is Alive
13. Sardonic Wrath
14. Plaguewielder
15. Total Death

Now take a breath, I know that list was difficult to read for some of you. If you think about it, though, you should’ve guessed that the more traditional metal pride album would be my favorite.

As a reminder, the new Darkthrone album Arctic Thunder is out on October 14th, give it a listen and let me know what you think! I really do want to know.

Thanks again to everyone here for dealing with my self-indulgent dives, I hope many of you are introduced to old classics and take dives of your own. I have a large list of bands to go through, but I will not turn down any suggestion for future articles. Please comment below!

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Published on: October 11, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Derpthrone. WOW, FOAD as number one? And Total Death so low??? Do you even Celtic Frost worship, bro?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      And the hate begins…

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I live to hate. Lists are subjective as a cunt.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Let the hate flow.

          Ha, yes they are.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I’ve been hamming their first few black metal records lately, but “Too Old, Too Cold” is one of my fave tracks from these bros.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      That’s a peppy track for sure.

  • Howard Dean

    1. Under a Funeral Moon
    2. A Blaze in the Northern Sky
    3. Soulside Journey
    4. Transilvanian Hunger
    5. Panzerfaust
    6. Total Death
    7. Hate Them
    8 – 15. No opinion/very few fucks given.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Interesting to see Soulside at number 3

      • Check out their demos too. I have em all on a double vinyl release. I have the picture somewhere but I’m too lazy to dig it up. Straight up oldschool gritty death metal.


        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I remember seeing this before

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Soulside is a solid death metal album, though a full on anomaly in their discography.

      • Howard Dean

        I really like death metal Darkthrone. Would be cool to see them make another album like that one.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Yeah, I thought the album was good, but I understand why people gloss over it

          • Howard Dean

            I should also note that I’ve always considered Transilvanian Hunger a tad overrated. It generally gets the most attention and hype of their entire discography, which I think does a disservice to their other early albums. It’s still a great black metal record, and would go on to be hugely influential, but I just think it doesn’t stack up compared to the other two prongs of the unholy trinity.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Huh, interesting. There is definitely a different vibe with Hunger than Moon and Blaze. Blaze really blew me away when i first listened to it, but as I listened through the other two, I felt they sequentially got better.

            I’d be interested to know my thoughts on each album in a year or so from now

        • Brutalist_Receptacle


    • Under a Funeral Moon really does rule. Fucking lists are so dumb. I’m just going to include Under a Funeral Moon, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Transilvanian Hunger, and Panzerfaust as #1.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Now that is a list that makes sense.

        • Agreed. That’s my list from here on out. If anyone ever asks me again. That’s what they are getting. Or nothing.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Lists suck

        • Haha, they always change for me. They wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t have to order them.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Haha, no shit. I went over this list at least a dozen times, same with the opeth one, until I was fed up and said screw it

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      No thoughts on Ravishing? Some killer riffs on there.

      • Howard Dean

        Never got into it, but to be fair, the middle and later period of Darkthrone are ones that I never had the desire to delve too far into. I got the used CD of Hate Them randomly one day and really liked how raw and hateful it was. Most of the other albums were fairly unmemorable. But there are always decent riffs here and there.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          The middle, later period did really run out of steam.

    • Howard, what’s your favorite song from “Under a Funeral Moon”? Here’s mine.


      • Howard Dean

        I like the opener “Natassja in Eternal Sleep,” “Unholy Black Metal,” and “Inn i de dype skogers favn.” But really, the whole album is nearly black metal perfection.

        • Very true, that album as a whole is great. Best to embrace it all at once. Love the vocal production on that album too. So fucking grim and cold. I said it before and I’ll say it again… Darkthrone truly are the greatest.

          • Howard Dean

            Definitely. And likely more influential than almost any other black metal band ever. Darkthrone are probably the second best of the early Norwegian bands for me.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            And who is first?

          • I’m going to assume Burzum is your go to band.

          • Howard Dean

            Yep. To me it’s hard to beat the first four albums and the Aske EP. The S/T debut is a little rough and unfocused but charming in its own way, but Det som engang var, Hvis lyset tar oss, and Filosofem are just incredible. It doesn’t get much better than those three. To think they were all written and recorded in basically in a 12-14 month period. Incredible.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Prolific as shit!

          • I can’t disagree with any of this. Hvis lyset tar oss for the first half alone is perfection. Filosofem is one of the best albums ever to just get lost in. Such a majestic as fuck album. I enjoy Aske EP. The S/T debut for the grit and rawness. Plus those vocals SLAY!!!

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i never stop listening to Hvis lyset and filosofem. im also one of the nerds that likes his later material

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Belus was a helluva comeback in my opinion.

          • Howard Dean

            Belus and Fallen were pretty solid albums. I don’t fuck with a lot of his synth stuff, but those two post-prison albums were surprisingly good. Umskiptar wasn’t my favorite.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i put his synth stuff on for tabletop nights or gaming

          • Howard Dean

            Not to sound like a total pleb, but what is tabletop night?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            d&d, board games, etc

          • Howard Dean


          • I’d imagine Norwegian Black metal would go really well with Candyland and Shoots and Ladders.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            definitely not those kind of board games

          • Howard Dean
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Umskiptar is pretty week overall. Still bummed he stopped doing metal, the fucker had such a knack for riffs.

  • I’m not surprised at all by your list Boss. I expected it to be a bit all over the place. Glad to see “Hunger” near the top at least. That album is perfection! There is a reason why it’s my avatar currently. F.O.A.D. does indeed rule. That’s probably my favorite crusty album of theirs.

    That’s a whole lot of Darkthrone to consume at once my man. I may have to do this myself, Would be fun!

    My list is forever changing. But I guess it would go something like this today:

    1. A Blaze In The Northern Sky
    2. Transylvanian Hunger
    3. Under A Funeral Moon
    4. Panzerfaust
    5. Total Death
    6. Ravishing Grimness
    7. F.O.A.D.
    8. Soulside Journey
    9. Sardonic Wrath

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      FOAD just rang true with me, I’m glad you understand haha

      Hunger is a brilliant album, I have nothing bad to say about it.

      This was indeed a lot, but i was determined to have it finished prior to Arctic Thunder

    • Abradolf Lincler

      my rankings would be similar to Tyrees with Soulside Journey a little higher, it also might be 1) Transylvanian Hunger, 2) A Blaze in the Northern Sky

  • Dr. K

    Ranking Darkthrone is hard, but this might be another time I follow your lead and listen to the entire discography at work to consider my options – right now I’m doing something similar with Maiden. Blaze has always been my favorite, followed by Under a Funeral Moon, Transilvanian Hunger, and Panzerfaust. I do enjoy both the early death metal material and their more recent twists and turns, though (and “Leave No Cross Unturned” is one of my favorite songs of the past few years).

    • Howard Dean

      1. FREE BIRD
      2. Everything else.


      • Dr. K

        At the end of a classical concert on Saturday, I made a lame joke about how the orchestra couldn’t leave the stage until they did an encore of “Free Bird.” I blame you for this.

        • Howard Dean


  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    The crusty albums really all sound the same. Their last great song was Rawness Obsolete from Sardonic Wrath.

    1. A Blaze In The Northern Sky
    2. Transylvanian Hunger
    3. Under A Funeral Moon
    4. Total Death
    5. Panzerfaust
    6. Ravishing Grimness
    7. Sardonic Wrath
    8. Plaguewielder
    9. Soulside Journey

    • I was going to question something about your list, then I realized that it doesn’t matter, because it’s a list. Bro.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Question away, seriously.

        • Do you actually think Total Death is a superior album to Panzerfaust? Just curious to hear your thoughts on that.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I kind of pulled this list out of my ass real quick. But I forgot how good that first track on Total Death was. Killer Frost worship on that song. But of course Quintessence is a god damn masterpiece of song with a very drunk Nocturno screaming his dick off.

          • I think it’s time for me to pull my copy of Total Death from the shelf when I get home. I’m curious to compare the two albums now.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I’ll admit I would grab Panzerfaust before Total Death. Again, lists are dumb.

          • Yup. I do love discussing Darkthrone though. It’s better than doing job stuff.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Indeed, bro. Indeed.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Drunk Nocturno was pretty awesome after multiple listens. I should’ve amended my article

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            No do-overs, bro.

          • Hahaha! That’s the best way to do it in the studio. Fuck ups are the best.

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  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    A) That list is wrong and you are a bad person. I mean poser, I mean – sorta the same thing, I guess.

    B) No, really.

    C) Shame you didn’t do Goatlord, might’ve wanted to place it on the top.

    D)Panzerfaust translates into “anti-tank” launcher.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      A)bite me
      B)no, really
      C)see above

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Was interesting to see nobody mention Goatlord much, was technically going to be their second album….

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I thought about including it, but it was a weird timing release so I opted out for this dive

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Excellent write up man! I don’t know about full rankings but I think Under A Funeral Moon might just be my favourite. Has a kind of horror vibe I really appreciate.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thanks man!

  • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


  • Since you commented to me that you were writing something about Darkthrone, I was expecting a great writing, and you delivered it.

    This is a kind of difficult band to tackle, contrary of what would look on the first glance. Not only they helped to give shape to the Norwegian black metal scene, they also released killer albums on the death metal genre and the recent traditional and punk style.

    I think your descriptions for each album duo is spot-on, and I haven’t checked all their records, but on the few things I have heard of them, I really think they are my favorite band of that scene.

    So far, A Blaze in the Northern Sky is my top favorite, but Under a Funeral Moon and Soulside Journey are very good too. I dig Transylvanian Hunger, but not as much as the other three. I have to be at a certain mindset to fully enjoy it. Like you said, is a very introverted record, way more than the others.

    Talking about Soulside, it’s so cool that record have the recognition it have right now, at least in the comments. Darkthrone did the inverted path in which they went from an almost technical approach to their instruments, to a more expressive styling. Just check out the Fenriz drumming in this TV show, it’s very proggresive, given their age:


    They are a special combo, these Nocturno and Fenriz, so this was a very suitable tribute to their musical career.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Wow Link! High praise, thank you so much.

  • Count_Breznak

    Ne Panzerfaust ist sowas:
    And the translation would be “armour smasher”, it’s not the fist that is armored, it’s the fist that destroys armor.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa
  • sweetooth0

    Good read Boss. The black metal trinity can’t be beat with Transilvanian Hunger at the top slot for me, but I totally dig on all periods of this killer band!! Looking forward to my orange limited Tundra Leech vinyl. Got the email a few days ago that it has “posted”. Really hoping to score the tape/band signatures they were doing randomly for a small portion of the limited edition pre-orders.

    Here’s something I’m curious about: what do y’all think of the revised versions of the cover art for Total Death, Ravishing Grimness and Plagueweilder? This is one of those rare cases where I think I like the re-issue art better.

    • I sort of liked the original artwork for Total Death more. The new Ravishing Grimness artwork is stunning though!

      • sweetooth0

        looking at it again, yeah the O.G. Total Death is probably better. I mean what is more total death than the vacuum of space!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thanks man! It’d be cool to get one of the extras

      I didn’t know there were revised versions… I’ll look into this

      • sweetooth0

        yeah, they’re 2-discers, but the second disc is just an album length commentary track, which frankly I am never going to sit through. The cover art and layout is all new though.

        • Scrimm

          Some of those commentaries are pretty damn funny. Total Death and Hate Them come to mind, especially the moment where Fenriz realizes NC sung the wrong lyrics

  • I’m sorry but if A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, and Transilvanian Hunger aren’t your top 3 than you’re wrong. Objectively.

  • Top 5 for today (could be different tomorrow):
    1) A Blaze In The Northern Sky
    2) Transylvanian Hunger
    3) Soulside Journies
    4) Hate Them
    5) Total Death

    I need to listen to Under A Funeral Moon more and Panzerfaust would probably be #6.

  • Óðinn

    A Blaze In the Northern Sky, Transylvanian Hunger, Under A Funeral Moon, Panzerfaust

  • Waynecro

    Outstanding work, Boss! I don’t have a clear favorite album or even a list, but I listen to A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Transylvanian Hunger, and Soulside Journey the most often.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Mr. President!

  • Max

    For me, it’s easy:

    1) Under a Funeral Moon
    2) Transilvanian Hunger

    And that’s it. Didn’t like Blaze… as much as Under…, didn’t like Panzerfaust as much as Transilvanian…, and didn’t get into Soulside Journey; so for me that was it. Great band, though.

    Why didn’t the article discuss Goatlord?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      It was an oddly timed release and not quite as an official studio album, so I opted out of it.

  • Celtic Frosty

    I’ve only listened to like 4 Darkthrone albums, and the only 2 I’ve come back to are Transylvanian Hunger and Under a Funeral Moon. It’s on my to-do list to check out all of their albums, but there’s too much new shit constantly vying for my attention.

    I commend you for your endurance. I don’t think I could listen to a 15 album discography.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I didn’t realize there were that many when I set out to do this initially, haha

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    So far everyone of these articles has featured a band that I’ve only given a few albums attention to at most and have really wanted to get way deeper into.


    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Just doing my job

  • dr.derelict

    This series is fucking great.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you kindly Dr!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    My top 3:
    _1. Under a Funeral Moon
    _2. A Blaze in the Northern Sky
    _3. Transylvanian Hunger

    Suggestions for future discography articles:
    _Iced Earth
    _Anaal Nathrakh
    _Cannibal Corpse
    _Strapping Young Lad
    _Celtic Frost
    _King Diamond
    _Type O Negative
    _Ken Mode
    _Cattle Decapitation
    _Wolves in the Throne Room
    _Blut Aus Nord
    _Paradise Lost
    _Primitive Man

    I could go on, but I’ll end it there for now.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Dayum! A few of these I already had in mind, but I must add more to my list.