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Release date: 2001
Style: Black metal

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01. Weakling Avenger
02. Raining Murder
03. Sin Origin
04. Command
05. I, Voidhanger
06. Wreak

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Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
8.4
Plaguewielder saw the band starting to emerge from the malaise of the late 90s (ugh to Total Death) and prior to the punk injection of their more recent releases. For the most the approach is their style of black metal, only with punchier production than in the past. Perhaps the fact it doesn't sound like it was recorded by a Fisher Price "My First Microphone" and feature one of the band members dressed in corpsepaint and snarling at Alpha Centauri on the cover is why it doesn't get the run that their older output does.

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published 24.04.2012 | Comments (13)

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BitterCOld - 19.04.2012 at 01:30  
Rating: 8 Weeeee just received the reissued, re-artworked version from Peaceville, along with commentary from Nocturno Tedo and Fenriz.
Array - 22.04.2012 at 16:22  
Rating: 6 Dear Darkthrone, I hope you release a commentary boxset one day, because I'm not gonna buy every album again.
BitterCOld - 24.04.2012 at 18:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Array on 22.04.2012 at 16:22

Dear Darkthrone, I hope you release a commentary boxset one day, because I'm not gonna buy every album again.


wow you have this a 6 and Ravishing Grimness a 10? I always thought they were very similar albums (In the commentary, they refer to the two as brother albums) - only i thought this one better formulated and executed.

i can see folks preferring the other one, but that strongly was a bit eyebrow raising.
Troy Killjoy - 24.04.2012 at 18:41  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 24.04.2012 at 18:27
i can see folks preferring the other one, but that strongly was a bit eyebrow raising.

For sure. I prefer Ravishing Grimness myself, but this album isn't that different. Describing them as brother albums is definitely accurate, as the older one seems to make his mistakes but it gives him character and experience which the younger brother tries to learn from but has his own issues.

Subtle as they may be, I suppose those differences are drastic for some.
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.04.2012 at 19:20  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.04.2012 at 18:41

For sure. I prefer Ravishing Grimness myself, but this album isn't that different. Describing them as brother albums is definitely accurate, as the older one seems to make his mistakes but it gives him character and experience which the younger brother tries to learn from but has his own issues.

Subtle as they may be, I suppose those differences are drastic for some.

I guess, to use your analogy, this was the ugly sister of Ravishing Grimness, who wasn't exactly a looker herself.

The way I see Darkthrone is everything between Transylvianian Hunger and Sardonic Wrath is a radioactive wasteland that should be avoided at all costs. Panzerfaust might have been ok if it wasn't for the overly mixed, almost sidechained vocals.
Troy Killjoy - 24.04.2012 at 19:38  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 24.04.2012 at 19:20
I guess, to use your analogy, this was the ugly sister of Ravishing Grimness, who wasn't exactly a looker herself. The way I see Darkthrone is everything between Transylvianian Hunger and Sardonic Wrath is a radioactive wasteland that should be avoided at all costs.

Exactly. And as a big fan of Darkthrone, I agree with that, although I enjoyed Hate Them.
BitterCOld - 24.04.2012 at 19:42  
Rating: 8 Hate Them is probably my favorite.

from my perspective, i didn't like the last couple tracks of Transylvanian Hunger, nor Panzerfaust and Total Death. Ravishing Grimness was them starting to pull up from the free fall, with this album continuing the ascent towards Hate Them on...

(And I also see Hate Them and Sardonic Wrath as brother albums as well... )
!J.O.O.E.! - 24.04.2012 at 19:46  
Rating: 6 I actually just listened to a couple of tracks off Hate Them and I appear to have remembered it incorrectly as it does indeed sound remarkably similar to Sardonic Wrath. Time to revisit it then it seems.
Array - 24.04.2012 at 20:17  
Rating: 6
Written by BitterCOld on 24.04.2012 at 18:27

wow you have this a 6 and Ravishing Grimness a 10? I always thought they were very similar albums (In the commentary, they refer to the two as brother albums) - only i thought this one better formulated and executed.

i can see folks preferring the other one, but that strongly was a bit eyebrow raising.

I haven't thought of these two as brother albums, and I don't see it that much now either. "To The Death (Under The King)" has some plague on it, but that's pretty much the only ('clear') link between these albums. It has that repeating dymdymdymdymdymmdymm - musical thing and dynamic vocals in the chorus, just like many songs on Plaguewielder have. But I find this song better than those on Plaguewielder. Well, some reasons why Ravishing Grimness rules and Plaguewielder doesn't that much... RG is full of energy and has more one-take feeling in it. This energy consists of a great (balance in) sound, Nocturno's 'get-the-fuck-outta-here' vocals, catchy drumming (Fenriz style of using the ride-cymbal is really entertaining here, and well, overall really good stuff), bass guitar that just fits very well & guitars which just kill you with all those razor-ridden killer riffs. And what do we have as a bonus? Whiplash and church bell effects; and those also really suit the album. The album is quite diverse in a way, meaning there's even a hymn-like track entitled "The Claws Of Time", which represents one of the most beautiful black riffs ever recorded. And not just the album I found diverse here but even the tracks are enriched with a progressive touch. Yea, RG is a bit progressive. All in all, the album is very inspiring (one of those I sometimes play along with a bass guitar just for fun), memorable in many ways and a wonderful package of great music. Also, this album might have grown a part of my bm identity, because this was the latest Darkthrone release when I started to like the band's music (along with A Blaze... & Under...). Then came Plaguewielder, and I just don't find it that good in its entirety. It's quite repeating, filled with aimless loathing, and it lacks emotion and energy. It sounds like the band is about to retire and sends the unfinished, passionless album to the markets. No energy. There are good moments here and there, but the lazy & banal atmosphere just drowns those happy moments under its cruel will. To me PW is some sort of a transition album between RG and Hate Them. In Hate Them everything is suddenly OK again. The riffs are there and the atmosphere is there.
musicalkaratekid - 13.05.2013 at 19:47  
Rating: 7 Another good Darkthrone album which although offers few surprises, has plenty to indulge in for those who are big fans (like moi). Opener 'Weakling avenger' has a good Punk vibe running throughout and 'Raining murder' and the epic 'I, voidhanger' both prove to be staples of Darkthrone's trademark sound.

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