Ahhhhhh good ol’ Darkthrone. One of the most notorious bands of the early Norwegian black metal scene, and also one of the most consistent bands around, are back with their 15th studio album entitled The Underground Resistance. If you know anything about Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, you know that they’ve been dabbling in more of a traditional heavy metal/thrash metal type of sound on their more recent albums (starting with The Cult is Alive in 2006), and this is no different.
The Underground Resistance is an album that has fully embraced the fun heavy metal sound that these guys have been experimenting with, and is easily the best album they’ve done in this style. You can tell that the men of Darkthrone do not give one single fuck whether or not the “elite black metal fans” of the world approve or disapprove of the direction they’re moving in, they’re just having tons of fun.
Honestly, the music presented here sounds like it could’ve come right out of the 80’s metal scene, with a lot of riffs sounding like something you’d hear on a Motorhead album and theatrical vocals that try to mimic the great King Diamond. Now of course Nocturno Culto’s high pitched wailing vocals aren’t as technically proficient as Mr. Diamond’s, but you’ll get the point of what he’s trying to do. You’ll find yourself wanting to headbang and sing along more often than not during this album. And how could you not with choruses of such songs as The Ones You Left Behind and Leave No Cross Unturned?
The Underground Resistance isn’t an album that’s going to throw a shit-ton of atmosphere in your face or blow you away with a bunch of technicality, but I can tell you one thing, you’re going to have a hell of a good time listening to it and I’m willing to guarantee that this is an album you’re gonna want to listen to over and over and over again. Darkthrone are just proving how versatile of a band they can be and cementing their legacy. I mean, they started out as a death metal band, went on to black metal for years, and are now playing top-notch traditional heavy metal. So grab your favorite kind of beer, sit back, relax, and enjoy The Underground Resistance!