Darkthrone - F.O.A.D.
10 September 2007

01. These Shores Are Damned
02. Canadian Metal
03. The Church Of Real Metal
04. The Banners Of Old
05. Fuck Off And Die
06. Splitkein Fever
07. Raised On Rock
08. Pervertor Of The 7 Gates
09. Wisdom Of The Dead

"F.O.A.D." means "fuck off and die" and this is a really good way to send a big "fuck you" to the system… The new album is not an album of Black Metal, Darkthrone is not into this kind of music anymore (well not really, let say that they just don't play pure Black Metal nowadays). But even if it's surprising to listen to this kind of music from a band which is a legend of its first original musical style, I will tell you one thing, these guys have balls and big ones… I can already tell you that "F.O.A.D." will stay in our memories…

I suppose that this album will be a love or hate one. All the people who want some "true necro" Black Metal will probably be a bit disappointed, but I'm sure that a lot of them will understand Darkthrone's message too. This album is like a big kick in our assess from a band which wanted to prove that they're able change their musical orientation without doing a big step forward them but doing a big return to the roots of their music. And it works! Even if "F.O.A.D." is not the best album of the decade and even if some songs like "F.O.A.D" (a real great song that we could compare to a dark Motorhead release) or "Canadian Metal" are better than some others ones ("The Banners Of Old is a bit boring in the end) all in all "F.O.A.D." is a surprising album full of old school spirits from Doom to Death, Punk and of course Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Honestly I like it a lot because there is something with this album, the guys give "something" through their music and if you like old school music I'm sure that you'll enjoy a lot "F.O.A.D.". A bit like Entombed with "Uprising" Darkthrone releases a great album of modern but old school Metal and really that's a good thing!

Even if "F.O.A.D." is recorded with the spirit of the 70's and 80's the sound is really correct, not clean as hell too but perfect for such music, it's simply well mixed. Also the artwork is in my opinion one of the best that I've seen lately. Painted by Denis Dread this cover is a bit like the first ones of Iron Maiden, with this amazing Horror / Punk attitude… This is speechless… With its great production with a bunch of great songs, "F.O.A.D." is an excellent album which only suffers a bit of a lack of some real original songs. But after all it's new things with old things so it cannot be so original…

I'm happy to listen to such kind of music nowadays. In general I'm a bit bored by all those new Black Metal bands who want to be "necro" and "krieg" before anything else. Darkthrone is a master of the genre and that's great to see that they are still able to give a good lesson to all these people. "F.O.A.D." is a perfect bridge between lots of different Metal scenes with a delicious rock n roll spirit… that's great.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Band profile: Darkthrone
Album: F.O.A.D.


written by Jeff | 04.11.2007


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lordz - 05.11.2007 at 12:20  
Thanks for the review Jeff... right on the spot as usual!!

This album reminds me of Motorhead so much!!
Hyvaarin - 06.11.2007 at 09:49  
I agree with most of your sentiments, but not the rating. Should be higher . Darkthrone have pulled off the dirty as fuck old-school aesthetic and attitude PERFECTLY.
BitterCOld - 07.11.2007 at 01:45  
good call. I'd have lumped it in the 7.5-8 range myself, depending on my mood when reviewing the album. after my first listen i would have pegged it a 7, but it's grown on me with each passing listen.

the liner notes - particularly F and NC's album recommendations are awesome, too.
Pétur - 07.11.2007 at 14:52  
I really like the direction Darkthrone is heading into with this album, good review by the way.
Estix - 09.11.2007 at 21:37  
The funniest thing is that a fair number of people are considering Darkthrone sell-outs, whereas all they did on the last 2 albums is a renewed version of BM roots. This album suits well for them by the title.

I love this! Not instant classic material, but if I'm having a hard time choosing what to listen to, this album always helps me.
Syk - 04.04.2008 at 05:56  
Heh, I'm agreeing with you guys, especially Hyv. The two tracks on their myspace kick total ass. Seems to me like it would make a good couple with Entombed's last EP.
Uirapuru - 23.04.2009 at 08:41  
Clearly the best new Darkthrone album imo.

Despite the fact that Darkthrone has been ''ripping themselves off for years'' (quote from PutridWind review), this album is different somehow. I found it good despite hating their new sound.
Lord_Regnier - 23.04.2009 at 14:21  
When it comes to Darkthrone, I like only their old stuff. Yes, I'm one of those who don't enjoy anything since "Panzerfaust". But Darkthrone are not sellouts. They still play underground music. Unfortunately for me, it's a kind of underground music I dislike.
squidrick420 - 04.02.2013 at 00:34  
I really dig the new sound, I get how some people are just not in to it but i really love this album! I listen to a lot of crust punk so that is likely why i like this so much, and there is something about the song "Church Of Real Metal" that kicks ass!!

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