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Hate Them

Darkthrone

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Album Review

The "hope I die before I get old" philosophy is one which plagues every rock band lucky enough to have a lengthy career; so obviously, coming to grips with this dilemma becomes tougher the more extreme a band's sound. Therefore, in the black metal field — commonly agreed to be the most extreme style of music on the planet — the realization that it's often not better to burn out after all, but rather fade away a little further on down the line, can be an especially traumatic experience for both musicians and fans. Norway's Darkthrone clearly finds itself waist-deep in this quandary on its tenth album, 2003's Hate Them. Now far removed from the gang of impressionable teenagers who became as well-known for their questionable affiliation to Norway's notorious black metal "Inner Circle" (and the criminal element therein) as for their astoundingly primitive but equally influential early efforts, Darkthrone's remaining founding duo of Nocturno Culto and Fenriz have come face to face with their inescapable musical and emotional adulthood. Sure, with its staunchly analog-worshipping recording techniques, Hate Them is hardly a "Mutt" Lange production, but the fact that it was supposedly recorded in a mere 26 hours serves as one of the last tenuous links to the group's primeval work. In keeping with Darkthrone's career-spanning credo, formidable black metal rampages like "Rust," "In Honour of Thy Name," and the painfully direct "F****d Up and Ready to Die" avoid the oppressive orchestration and dizzying speeds preferred by peers like Emperor and Mayhem to remain rooted in the simpler, straightforward arrangements of yore. Further standout moments like "Ytterst I Livet" and "Striving for a Piece of Lucifer" are even more accessible, tempering their menacing titles and demonic subject matter with a series of pounding hard rock riffs which will prove irresistible for any self-respecting headbanger. In other words, what Hate Them lacks in complex substance is handily compensated for by Darkthrone's sheer attitude and blunt force — something that no amount of technical showboating can possibly defeat. Just how the band will cope with their ongoing march towards reluctant maturity remains to be seen.

Customer Reviews

The Black Hate!

I've been waiting for iTunes to get Hate Them. It's about bloody time! While it is a departure from the Blaze, Funeral Moon, Hunger era- it's still a B.A.F. album! Every track is a brutal mild tempo beating that tortures the soul. Some of the deep tracks even have some rifs that on their own wouldn't fit in the black metal framework, but Fenriz and Culto weave them into an evil black bastard of an album!

HIGHLY recommended newer Darkthrone!

The second to last album before the punk-black metal remix of modern Darkthrone. In my opinion, it is an AMAZING album! Traditionally Darkthrone jumps right into the fast, loud metal, but this is different. The first track starts out with a slow, chilling riff. Literally raises goosebumps! STRONGLY recommended to Black Metal fans!

One of the duo's best!

A friend of mine, a black metal guru of sorts, was telling me about this album years ago. I never checked it out until recently and wow, this album is a MASTERPIECE! This album captures the quintessential cold, abyssic sound that characterizes Darkthrone. The difference between this album and, say, "Under a Funeral..." is...not much, honestly. The band hasn't lost a step since the early 90's. If you like grim, very evil black metal, don't hesitate. Buy this album. It is worth the money! Hail Darkthrone!!!

Biography

Formed: Oslo, Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Of all the major second wave black metal bands to emerge from Norway's fertile breeding grounds during the early 1990s, only a handful — Mayhem, Emperor, Enslaved, Ulver — have achieved the same exalted status and world-wide recognition as the legendary Darkthrone; and arguably none has been as consistent or prolific in the decades that followed. Unlike the majority of their peers, Darkthrone largely refused to tinker with their refreshingly straightforward and savage black metal formula...
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