DARKTHRONE were the initial spark of the return of Black Metal in the Nineties, so much is for sure. Their second album "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" triggered the black avalanche, which still spawns a great number of releases today.
After rumours had surfaced that DARKTHRONE had disbanded, "Ravishing Grimness" clearly shows that they are far from gone. Six tracks can be found here, in a sound quality that is far from top-division, yet not as bad as feared...
Musically the Norwegians take a few ingredients from BATHORY, HELLHAMMER and much DARKTHRONE to form their interesting mixture of Black Metal, which crashes through anything between doomy rhythms and high speed-attacks. "Ravishing Grimness" contains something for almost any taste, cold and heavy like "To The Death" or even great melodies like in "The Claws Of Time" show, how varied these blackhearts have grown since "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" or especially "Under A Funeral Moon".
As the info-sheet says, DARKTHRONE are cult. Some may turn away from something like that while others will deify them. The truth, musically speaking, is somewhere in-between.