Genre: Black Metal
Label: Moonfog Productions
Number Of Tracks: 8
"Total Death" is one of the important albums for Darkthrone, as it marks the end of the Black Metal era, and 1999s "Ravishing Grimness" being the time the punk influences started to seep in.
avpr212, on october 31, 2012 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: "Total Death" is one of the important albums for Darkthrone, as it marks the end of the Black Metal era, and 1999s "Ravishing Grimness" being the time the punk influences started to seep in. However, "Total Death" is a great sendoff to the tr00 black metal era, keeping the monotony of the "Transylvanian Hunger" era, while upping the quality of the musicianship. The problem comes from the guitar tones. "Hunger" sounded like it was recorded at midnight in the middle of the forest, "Death" has much less bite to it.
That being said, the riffs are as honed and huge as they were in that era, the biggest difference being the speed at which they're played. Most of the album runs at almost a half time compared to hunger, and feels like a full circle back to "Northern Sky". // 8
Lyrics: Nocturno Culto's vocals follow the pattern of the production, where they feel like they have less bite, compared to Hunger at least. But they neverless remain powerful, and since Culto wrote the lyrics to this album, you can see the difference between what he's thinking in earlier albums compared to now. A fierce an attack on the mind as ever, and where the production increases (or suffers, would probably be a better word), it is made up for in the state of conviction he is feeling as he screams. Magnificent. // 9
Overall Impression: If you're at all interested in the Black metal scene, this review serves only as a retrospective because chances are you've listened to every single Darkthrone album in chronological order. However, if you're new to Black Metal, then I suggest Darkthrone's "Under A Funeral Moon" followed by Mayhem's "Live In Leipzig". Overall, this is one of the better Darkthrone albums, although "Funeral Moon" remains my favourite.