Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band from Kolbotn. He was formed in 1986 as a death metal band under the name of black death. In 1991, the group adopted the black metal style, influenced by Bathory> and Celtic Frost>, and became one of the biggest groups of the Norwegian black metal scene. Their second, third and fourth albums - A Blaze in the Northern Sky Under Funeral Moon , and Transilvanian Hunger - are considered by fans and the trade press as the best ever created during the group career, and as the most influential albums of the genre. For most of the time, Darkthrone consists of the duo Nocturno Culto and Fenriz>. Since 2006, their compositions are more focused on traditional black metal accompanied by sound elements extracted from traditional heavy metal, speed metal and punk rock, in a style similar to Motörhead>.
The band formed in 1986 in Kolbotn, Norway under the original name of Black Death >>>. It is composed of Gylve "Death" Nagell on drums and vocals, Anders Risberget on bass, and Ivar Enger on guitar.
Black Death then practice a death metal typical of the time with many influences such as Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer and Cryptic Slaughter (in) . In the fall of 1987, the band changed its name to Darkthone and joined Dag Nilsen (bass), leaving Anders a few lines of guitars on the demo. lang = "en"> Land of Frost in 1988, before his final departure. In the spring of 1988, Ted Skjellum (vocals, guitar) joined the group. With this stabilized line-up, the group will release the demos "A" in New Dimension in 1988, Thulcandra in 1989, and Blaze in the Northern Sky in August 1991>, but leaves the band before release of the album in January 1992>. Deliberately a return to the sources, A blaze in the Northern Sky is illustrated by the weight of luciferism (doctrine of the man who amounts to rank of divinity); this album is one of the first of its kind to come out (apart from Mayhem's early efforts, and Samael's album Worship Him ) and can consider from this moment that the black metal was totally inspired by a Cold Wave influence. Moreover, Fenriz, drummer and lyricist of the band, says in the interview Chapter 2 (available on the reissue of the album) that Peaceville Records is very skeptical when first listening to the album. The label was afraid that such an extreme form and "dirty" of music would not interest. Threatening to be published by the Euronymous label, Darkthrone wins and Peaceville comes out.