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{{Darkthrone}} is a BlackMetal band from Norway. They formed in the mid-late 80s as a DeathMetal band named Black Death. The original lineup consisted of Gylve Nagell, Ivar Enger, and Anders Risberget (who left the band early on). Ted Skjellum and Dag Nilsen soon joined the band and they changed their name to Darkthrone. After recording and releasing four demos independently, Darkthrone signed to Peaceville Records and recorded their debut album, ''Soulside Journey''. This was followed by the instrumental demo tape ''Goatlord'', however the band decided to shelve this album rather than make it into an album proper as they became interested in BlackMetal and changed their musical style accordingly. While recording their next album, ''A Blaze in the Northern Sky'', the band members adopted pseudonyms - Nagell became "Fenriz", Skjellum became "Nocturno Culto", Enger became "Zephyrous", while Nilsen left after the album was finished. Darkthrone's third album ''Under a Funeral Moon'', saw the band shed all remaining DeathMetal elements. Zephyrous left after the recording of ''Funeral'', and the band has remained a two-piece ever since. Their fourth album, ''Transilvanian Hunger'', had much rawer production than previous releases and was controversial for containing some lyrics and backwards spoken messages from the infamous [[{{Burzum}} Varg Vikernes]] and for the message "Norsk Arisk Black Metal" ("Norwegian Aryan Black Metal") on the album booklet. (This was changed to "True Norwegian Black Metal" on later pressings, and after the controversy that accompanied the album, Darkthrone issued a statement with their next album saying, "Darkthrone is certainly not a nazi band nor political band, those of you who still might think so, you can lick Mother Mary's asshole in eternity").

Their contract with Peaceville complete, Darkthrone signed to Moonfog Productions (run by Satyr of fellow BlackMetal band Satyricon) and released a string of somewhat lower-profile albums (including a version of the ''Goatlord'' demo with newly-recorded vocals) before returning to Peaceville again in 2005. The band's subsequent releases have incorporated influences from PunkRock and traditional Music/HeavyMetal, with these influences becoming increasingly prominent on more recent albums.

For most of the band's run, Fenriz has been the drummer and lyricist, while Nocturno Culto sang and played most guitar parts. This dynamic has shifted on newer albums, with both members sharing vocal and lyric duties roughly equally (the ''Total Death'' album is notable for having no lyrics by Fenriz at all, instead half the songs have lyrics by Nocturno and the other half have lyrics by various other BlackMetal musicians).

Releases:
* ''A New Dimension'' (Demo, 1988)
* ''Land of Frost'' (Demo, 1988)
* ''Cromlech'' (Demo, 1989)
* ''Thulcandra'' (Demo, 1989)
* ''Soulside Journey'' (Full-length, 1991)
* ''A Blaze in the Northern Sky'' (Full-length, 1992)
* ''Under a Funeral Moon'' (Full-length, 1993)
* ''Transilvanian Hunger'' (Full-length, 1994)
* ''Panzerfaust'' (Full-length, 1995) - first release on Moonfog
* ''Total Death'' (Full-length, 1996)
* ''Goatlord'' (Full-length, 1996) - instrumental parts are demos recorded between ''Soulside'' and ''Blaze'', vocals are newly-recorded
* ''Ravishing Grimness'' (Full-length, 1999)
* ''Preparing for War'' (Compilation, 2001) - re-released in 2005 with an additional CD of rare demos and a DVD of interviews and rare live performances, to commemorate the band's return to Peaceville
* ''Plaguewielder'' (Full-length, 2001)
* ''Hate Them'' (Full-length, 2003)
* ''Sardonic Wrath'' (Full-length, 2004) - last release on Moonfog
* ''Under beskyttelse av morke'' (EP, 2005) - vinyl EP released only in Japan
* ''Too Old, Too Cold'' (EP, 2006)
* ''The Cult Is Alive'' (Full-length, 2006)
* ''Forebyggende krig'' (Single, 2006) - vinyl only
* ''NWOBHM'' (EP, 2007) - title stands for "New Wave of Black Heavy Metal", a play on NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal
* ''F.O.A.D.'' (Full-length, 2007) - title stands for "Fuck Off and Die"
* ''Frostland Tapes'' (Compilation, 2008) - first two discs contain all four early demos plus a live show, third disc is the original instrumental version of ''Goatlord'' including two tracks not on the 1996 release
* ''Dark Thrones and Black Flags'' (Full-length, 2008)
* ''Circle the Wagons'' (Full-length, 2010)
* ''The Underground Resistance'' (Full-length, 2013)

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!!Associated tropes:

* BilingualBonus: A fair number of Darkthrone songs are in Norwegian.
* BerserkButton: Bad drum sounds such as modern bass drums with no real bass (though triggered/electronic drums are okay).
* BlackMetal
* CallBack: The ''Sardonic Wrath'' album takes its title from a line in the song "Earth's Last Picture" from ''Total Death''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a TechnicalDeathMetal album with clean production.
* EpicRocking: At least one song on most albums, although the most extreme example is "Leave No Cross Unturned" from ''The Underground Resistance'', which is over fourteen minutes long. ''A Blaze in the Northern Sky'', ''Ravishing Grimness'' and ''Plaguewielder'' also have particularly lengthy examples.
* LongRunnerLineup: Type 2. The band has consisted entirely of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto since ''Transilvanian Hunger''.
* LoudnessWar: Unfortunately the recent [=CDs=] have gotten hit with this pretty badly (with noticeable clipping from ''The Cult Is Alive'' onward). The vinyl editions seem to have averted this; the vinyl of ''The Underground Resistance'' is pristine.
* MetalScream
* NewSoundAlbum: ''A Blaze in the Northern Sky'' (from DeathMetal to BlackMetal), ''The Cult Is Alive'' (BlackMetal to {{BlackMetal}}/{{Music/PunkRock}}), and ''The Underground Resistance'' added in elements of SpeedMetal, among various other genres.
* NiceGuy: They both look like they're not fun to be around, but as some documentaries have shown (''especially'' with Fenriz), they're pretty laid back guys.
* ShoutOut: "Canadian Metal" references several very obscure [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Canadian metal bands]].
** "Raised on Rock" mentions ManillaRoad in the chorus.
* SopranoAndGravel: On recent albums the vocals will alternate between typical {{Metal Scream}}s and almost King Diamond-esque faux-operatic vocals, amongst other styles.
* TakeThat: ''Circle the Wagons'' contains a [[SarcasmMode very subtle one]] directed at former Music/{{Gorgoroth}} bassist King ov Hell, with ANTI-KING OV HELL 001 being printed in the liner notes.
** They often make jabs at Music/{{Emperor}} despite being friends with the band, often due to their later sunglass-wearing image.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Their crust/Venom-worship material.
** Most of their post-''Soulside Journey'' material, really, though some albums qualify more than others.

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