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Darkthrone - Nocturno Culto's The Misanthrope [DVD]
23 April 2007


Disc I [DVD]
01. Icefishing
02. Intro
03. Desolate
04. Sardonic Rehearsals
05. Ali Baba Winter
06. Aura Noir Signing
07. Tokyo
08. Norway Be My Grave
09. Ali Baba Summer
10. Aura Noir Releaseparty
11. Sardonic Studio
12. Tyrant Meeting
13. Endtime
14. Credits

[DVD Extras]
+ Stills [bonus]
+ Thulcandra [bonus]
+ Archipelago [bonus]
+ Too Old Too Cold [bonus]

Disc II [CD] [bonus]
01. Battlehorns
02. The Bastard Son
03. Lake Of Sorrow
04. Stay Away
05. Necroposers
06. The Will To Deny
07. The Solution


"The Misanthrope The Existence Of… Solitude And Chaos" is the film debut by Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto and Mr Nocturno himself describes it as "a strange documentary / fiction film, not suitable for everyone". You know what? He is right… I'm still trying to understand the concept of this movie but honestly I didn't find the answer. It doesn't mean that it's bad, it's special that's right and has its charm but let's be honest this is something only for the fans of Darkthrone and maybe the fans of the Black Metal scene from Norway.

The movie begging with a really weird and "necro" scene. Some dudes from Norway who are fishing on the ice… After some presentations (Noturno is one of them) and some words about fishing (…) the documentary starts and it's... special… If you're looking for some gore or horror movie stuff, go away "The Misanthrope The Existence Of… Solitude And Chaos" is more like a melting pot of tons of images from Norway. You'll see dark forests with strange sounds or also the guys who visit Tokyo with some few Darkthrone's songs between each scene. It's a bit hypnotic on a side but really messy too and it's hard to understand the video. If you were looking for a Documentary about the Black Metal scene from Norway (or Black Metal in general) don't buy this DVD because it's not something like that. "The Misanthrope The Existence Of… Solitude And Chaos" is more like a weird journey into the weird spirit of musician from Norway (which means that it's not something so coherent and it's hard to understand anything really…).

The DVD is well presented in a nice crystal box with a simple but beautiful cover. The images are really amateurish and were all filmed by a handheld numeric camera. The sound is also really average, no, it's not a big production but despite these "problems" I can tell you that the DVD has its own charm (it's really disturbing…). Note too that you'll be able to watch some really old and rare live footages of Darkthrone and you'll find a bonus CD in the package with some instrumental songs written by Nocturno, which fits perfectly top the images but which are totally uninteresting when you simply listen to it on your stereo.

What can I add? "The Misanthrope The Existence Of… Solitude And Chaos" is a really atypical DVD. Nocturno Culto is right, this is not something for everybody. It's not chocking or anything but it's really hum… weird??? Try it if you're an unconditional fan of Darkthrone or if you like David Lynch's movies… but if you're looking for an entertaining documentary about Metal, I think that you should have a look on "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" or "Get Thrashed - The Story Of Thrash Metal" instead of this video.


Band profile: Darkthrone
Album: Nocturno Culto's The Misanthrope


 


written by Jeff | 08.06.2007



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Richard - 09.06.2007 at 01:33  
Good review Jeff - I didn't know much about this before reading the above, just that it was something in the pipeline. Well, I like David Lynch films and I like Darkthrone, so this seems intriguing. It's encouraging that it seems more focussed on obscure atmosphere rather than being shocking or controversial. I can't help but feel a tad sceptical about the actual purpose and intention behind it, though.. Whether it's something necessary..
RAVASTATOR - 06.12.2012 at 18:10  
... This is Nocturno Culto fucking around with a camera. Interesting people have a way of captivating an audience's attention (subject to their interests, of course) and Nocturno is just one of those people. But it doesn't change the fact that its just a bunch of handycam-recorded vignettes revolving around his life in and around Norway & Darkthrone. David Lynch? Not quite yet

I feel that the review did a good job of trying to convey the fascinating, eerie nature of this film. However its incomplete, jumbled narrative (or complete lack thereof) combined with the relentlessly dry & grainy nature of the footage and sound means that its going to be a black-diamond-grade swallow for all but the most dedicated/frostbitten of viewers.

Personally i enjoyed this little window into scandinavian-ness, but writing this recollection i can honestly say that i don't know if i'm quite ready to ski that slope again just yet. 2c
K†ulu - 06.12.2012 at 21:11  
I thought Jeff was back...
Mr. Doctor - 06.12.2012 at 21:30  
Written by K†ulu on 06.12.2012 at 21:11
I thought Jeff was back...


Quite a few people in the staff/elite thought that as well. Now we got all nostalgic

It was just some technical error, nothing else.
RAVASTATOR - 06.12.2012 at 23:53  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.12.2012 at 21:30

Written by K†ulu on 06.12.2012 at 21:11
I thought Jeff was back...


Quite a few people in the staff/elite thought that as well. Now we got all nostalgic

It was just some technical error, nothing else.


a technical error like some idiot commenting on an ancient, apparently unloved entry?
Mr. Doctor - 07.12.2012 at 01:03  
Written by RAVASTATOR on 06.12.2012 at 23:53
a technical error like some idiot commenting on an ancient, apparently unloved entry?


Ehmmmm... No?

It has been fixed now but for more than half the day the review was up on the homepage. That was what I was talking about.

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