Every Record I Own - Day 286: Darkthrone Arctic Thunder
This is a recent acquisition. As I mentioned in my discussion of Panzerfaust, I’m a recent convert to Darkthrone, but I’ve been drawn in by their simple, no-frills, cross-genre explorations. On records like Arctic Thunder, the classic Norwegian black metal band sound like a bunch of unruly teenagers borrowing bits and pieces of whatever classic metal records they’re currently obsessing over and warping them into these straightforward lo-fi homages. Even though the overall mood of the record is appropriately venomous, there’s this palpable undercurrent of exuberance in the material, like these dudes really just love playing these riffs. I’m into it.