Well, it seems like the Norwegian Black Metal
bands have nothing more to say, and I mean the same bands that we, for once, called "Legends, True Warriors
, Pioneers…" and for those who know or have read the history of black metal, must have seen the name Darkthrone
Since their first days and forth, Darkthrone
have declared themselves as a Black Metal
band, and whether satanic or not, we all know what Black Metal
is, and I expected something huge from a Black Metal
"Giant" like Darkthrone
, I expected something Black Metal
and I was extremely disappointed throughout their most recent release of the year 2010: Circle the Wagons
The album title is a bit confusing, I mean, having the idea of Darkthrone
in the mind and seeing this title is in the least something unpleasant, but as we all know, the title never tells the whole story, so I got the album, and I put the CD into the player… Guys, as the first two minutes of the first track elapsed I was rechecking for everything expecting that I got the a different album for a different band, but everything was right, I mean, what I got in my CD player was the 2010 album for the Norwegian Black Metal
First of all, the sound quality of this release is not acceptable for a band that has been active for nearly quarter a century, I mean, can't they sign with a professional records label?
Second of all, musically, the album is far away from being a Black Metal
album, the guitar riffs are the same being used in Thrash Metal
, there are some guitar solos that are unworthy of being mentioned actually, and for the drums… My god, there's absolutely nothing good or unique or whatever to mention when we talk about drums, and here again, I'm not talking about a specific track, but unfortunately about the whole album, from the first track till the very end of the last one.
Some might say, well, Black Metal
is originated from Thrash Metal
, and I say that's absolutely right, no question about that, but this album would be acceptable in the 80s, when there wasn't a clear definition of Black Metal
, but now, after releasing thousands of great Black Metal
albums in the 90s and the first decade of the 21st century it is definitely not acceptable to release such an album to be categorized under the genre Black Metal
For the vocals, they are really funny, I don't know if those guys are really serious, and really expecting people to be convinced that those vocals are good for a Black Metal
The title and the lyrics are not better than the whole thing, I mean "I am the Working Class"?? What the hell is that? Is it really a title for a Black Metal
Finally, for the cover art, it's a bit better than everything else, but I don't think it would make any difference now, even if it's as valuable as the Mona Liza
, but always to be truthful, the cover art is good.
In the end, a last word for the die-hard fans of Darkthrone
, all I did was a criticism on the light of the concept of Black Metal
, no offence guys, but I'm also longing to hear something good.