A true original black metal masterpiece.  You could make an argument that Transilvanian Hunger should go here instead, but I decided to highlight A Blaze in the Northern Sky because, to me, it is a perfect mix of cold, face-ripping violence, black metal aesthetic, and big, swaggering riffage – with attitude and groove to spare.  Maybe just do yourself a favor and check them both out, eh?  Darkthrone are awesome, and Blaze would be a sweet album even if “Kathaarian Life Code” was the only track on it.  Hail!




– JB

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