A blaze in the northern sky (20th anniversary)

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CategoryCDs
ThemeBands
GenreBlack Metal
Media format2-CD
Media PackagingJewelcase
Available since 09.11.2012
Product code243130

Disc 1
  • 1Kathaarian life code
  • 2In the shadow of the horns
  • 3Paragon belial
  • 4Where cold winds blow
  • 5A blaze in the northern sky
  • 6The pagan winter
Disc 2
  • 1Kathaarian life code (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 2In the shadow of the horns (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 3Paragon belial (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 4Where cold winds blow (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 5A blaze in the northern sky (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 6The pagan winter (Commentary by Fenriz)
  • 7Interview (Data Track)

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Written on: 14.04.2017

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Like typical black metal, the sound of A Blaze In The Northern Sky is frosting cold. The drums are merely there, same with the guitars and bass. The vocals are completely nocturnal. The production is quite raw, to nowadays standards, poor. However, the lack of production is really what makes DarkThrone's classic albums authentic. The lyrics are completely about paganism, occult, and of course, the northern hemisphere. Really well known tracks are "Kathaarian Life Code" and "In The Shadow Of The Horns". The first track, "Kathaarian Life Code", starts off with a nocturnal incantation that is replayed at the end of the last track, "The Pagan Winter", while closing the album.

It is justified to say that fans of DarkThrone's classic albums are divided in two. Fans of Mayhem intend to favor A Blaze In The Northern Sky, while fans of Burzum favor Transylvanian Hunger. Frankly, they're both important albums that individually played an essential role in DarkThrone's career. Ablaze In The Northern Sky is their black metal debut. Here, they played a sound that they are still playing (even though now it's mixed with punk) and are well respected for.

A Blaze in the Northern Sky is an album that almost feels pointless to write about. The people who love Darkthrone already swear by it, and there's a growing number of contemporary listeners that are happy to look past the Second Wave achievements as passe or even not to be taken seriously. I was lamentably part of that latter category for a long time, but it doesn't take long listening to a classic to learn precisely why it was remembered.

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