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Darkthrone
Sardonic Wrath (The End Records)

By: Mike SOS

Norway's black metal masters Darkthrone have returned with a raw, stripped down black metal assault with Sardonic Wrath. While many of the other bands in the genre are trying to out-style each other, this demonic duo puts away the make up case and sweats in the studio, pounding away at nine tracks bursting with simple yet massively effective aggression. Songs like the battle march ode "Straightening Sharks in Heaven" and the near-hardcore punk anthem "Hate is the Law" maintain a bleak feel and hypnotic groove throughout, loading in just as much impact as the new school's technically rich batch of tunes. Not losing any of its ominous feel, Darkthrone's crawling rhythms and trance-like riffs meld the doom, black, death, and punk genres into one evil entity capable of any bad thing you could possibly muster. While other bands may play faster and look scarier, no one actually strips it down to the bare bones of fear quite like Darkthrone, the death metal version of AC/DC and Motorhead when it comes to sheer reliability.
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