Darkthrone is a Heavy Metal band from Kolbotn, Norway. Most well known for their involvement and contribution to the Norwegian Black Metal scene, the bands sound has diversified over their career to include elements of traditional, thrash, death and speed metal, as well as crust punk.

Originally called Black Death (8), the band formed in 1986 releasing two demos ('Trash Core '87' and 'Black Is Beautiful' in 1987). The band renamed themselves Darkthrone, a name inspired by the title of the Danish 'zine 'Blackthorn' (1985/86) and also the lyrics of the Celtic Frost song 'Jewel Throne'.

Darkthrone proceeded to record four demos between 1988 and 1989 named 'Land Of Frost', 'A New Dimension', 'Thulcandra' and 'Cromlech' before creating a full-length album in 1991 titled 'Soulside Journey', influenced by bands such as Nocturnus (demo era), Autopsy and Morbid Angel (Ted also cites Death's 'Scream Bloody Gore' album as the primary inspiration for his solos).

Following this album, the band recorded rehearsal material which would later be released in 1997 as the full-length album 'Goatlord' with the addition of vocals recorded in 1994.

Their second album to be released 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky' (recorded August 1991, released 1992) exhibited the band's departure from death metal and embrace of the black metal style being pioneered at the time by their Norwegian peers Mayhem, this becoming further apparent with their following releases: 'Under A Funeral Moon' (recorded summer 1992, released early 1993) and 'Transilvanian Hunger' (released in 1994).

After moving to the Norwegian label Moonfog productions, the band then released their fifth album 'Panzerfaust' in 1995. The instrumental performances were all handled by Fenriz on this record (likewise for 'Transylvanian Hunger'), the riffs particularly demonstrated their strong Celtic Frost influence (greatly apparent on songs such as 'Triumphant Gleam' and 'The Hordes Of Nebulah').
Their next releases with Moonfog included 'Total Death' (1996), 'Ravishing Grimness' (1999), 'Plaguewielder' (2001), 'Hate Them' (2003) and 'Sardonic Wrath' (2004).

With Sardonic Wrath as their last released on Moonfog, the band then moved to their own label Tyrant syndicate productions (a sub-label of Peaceville).

Their first release under Tyrant syndicate was the record 'The Cult Is Alive'(2006) named after a lyric from the song 'Sphinx' by the German Black metal band Poison: "I feel the cult is alive...".

In July 2007, Darkthrone released their second EP, 'NWOBHM' (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal), as a preview of the material to appear on the next record released September the same year: 'F.O.A.D' (Fuck Off And Die), an album which continued to draw inspiration from punk yet also included more heavy metal influence.

'Darkthrones And Blackflags' was released in 2008, a continuation of the metal/punk crossover style exuded on 'F.O.A.D.', while their next record, 'Circle The Wagons' (2010), contains even more heavy metal/speed metal influence; notably bands such as Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault and Manilla Road.

In 2013 the band released the album 'The Underground Resistance', which continues to draw influences from 1980's heavy metal and proto-thrash.

The band are renowned for recording in their own studio/rehearsal space in Norway and their refusal to work as a touring band.


Darkthrone Discography Tracks


Darkthrone Soulside Journey (Album) Peaceville Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Darkthrone A Blaze In The Northern Sky (Album) Peaceville US 1992 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Under A Funeral Moon (Album) Peaceville Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger (Album) Peaceville, Peaceville US 1994 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Panzerfaust (Album) Moonfog Productions, Moonfog Productions Poland 1995 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Goatlord (Album) Moonfog Productions, Moonfog Productions Poland 1996 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Total Death (Album) Moonfog Productions Norway 1995 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Ravishing Grimness (Album) Moonfog Productions Norway 1999 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Plaguewielder (Album) Moonfog Productions, Moonfog Productions Poland 2001 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Hate Them (Album) Moonfog Productions Norway 2003 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Sardonic Wrath (Album) Moonfog Productions Norway 2004 Sell This Version
Darkthrone The Cult Is Alive (Album) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate Ukraine 2006 Sell This Version
Darkthrone F.O.A.D. (Album) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate Japan 2007 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Dark Thrones And Black Flags (Album) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Circle The Wagons (Album) Peaceville UK 2010 Sell This Version
Darkthrone The Underground Resistance (Album) Peaceville Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Arctic Thunder (Album) Peaceville, Peaceville Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Darkthrone Thulcandra(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Darkthrone Self-Released) none Norway 1989 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Under Beskyttelse Av Mørke Dis(ign) Warks Japan 2005 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Too Old Too Cold (Single) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate UK 2006 Sell This Version
VILELP166 Darkthrone Forebyggende Krig(7", Single, Ltd, Num) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate VILELP166 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Darkthrone NWOBHM (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal) (EP) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate UK 2007 Sell This Version
VILES683 Darkthrone Burial Bliss / Visual Aggression(7", Single) Peaceville VILES683 Europe 2017 Sell This Version


Darkthrone Preparing For War (Comp) Peaceville, Peaceville, Peaceville UK 2000 Sell This Version
Darkthrone Frostland Tapes (Comp) Peaceville, Tyrant Syndicate UK 2008 Sell This Version