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YMMV / Darkthrone

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  • Archive Panic: Holy shit. Sixteen albums and four demos. Be glad they only did three EPs and a few singles; the compilations are usually ignored by the fanbase as they are just mandated by other labels.
  • Broken Base:
    • Is the band's incorporation of crust punk and traditional heavy metal influence since re-signing to Peaceville a welcome rejuvenation to a band whose sound had been stagnating, or is it an insult to the legacy of a once great band? For that matter, there are some fans who consider this material to be superior to anything the band had done previously.
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    • There are also a handful of fans who prefer the band's Technical Death Metal sound on Soulside Journey and the instrumental Goatlord to any of the band's black metal works.
    • As mentioned below, the band's second stint on Peaceville certainly qualifies.
    • Ravishing Grimness and especially Plaguewielder. The songs on these releases are way longer than the songs on most other Darkthrone releases from the surrounding time period, and the songs are a bit more technical as well. Opinions remain divided about whether these changes were for the best.
    • Goatlord. Opinions are divided about whether it's better with or without the vocals (which are... unconventional, to say the least). A third faction says the problem is just that the vocals are mixed too loud. There's an instrumental version of Goatlord on their official release The Frostland Tapes (unfortunately, however, they're at different speeds, so one can't simply blend the two together to produce vocal levels to one's liking).
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  • Epic Riff: A lot of them; in particular, probably every single riff on the Transilvanian Hunger album, though the title track takes the cake. Every fan of black metal will probably be able to recognise it within a second.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Fenriz disavowing political stances becomes a lot more harsher considering in 2016, a a local township would swore him into their town council. Forcefully. Although it should be noted he put himself on the list and didn't expect to be elected anyway.
    • He actually ran with the slogan "Please Don't Vote for Me". Evidently the voters took it for a case of Reverse Psychology, or perhaps they just liked his photo with his cat. In any case, he apparently doesn't actually have to do much for the position and doesn't seem very bothered about it. Also qualifies as a Funny Moment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Until the Light Takes Us, Fenriz snarks in an interview about black metal bands incorporating other genres and thinking it's to be cool. Years later, a little project from France would jump-start a genre called "blackgaze" and then even afterwards, a band from San Francisco would popularize it too, for good and for bad.
  • Never Live It Down: The infamous "Norsk Arisk Black Metal" phrase on the first pressing of Transilvanian Hunger, along with the "Jewish behavior" statement, even after Fenriz showed regret for it.
    • Fenriz being sworn into political office, considering his distance to politics.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some fans' reactions to the punk-influenced sound of more recent albums.
    • Fenriz's and Nocturno's reactions to most rock and metal music that has come out after the early 90s. ("It went plastic in '94")
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: After the Transilvanian Hunger controversy led to accusations of Nazism, the band's Panzerfaust album included the statement "Darkthrone is certainly not a Nazi band nor a political band, those of you who still might think so, you can lick Mother Mary's asshole in eternity." So yeah.


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