Had the first album of Norwegian DARKTHRONE still been pure Death Metal, the second long player offered us pure Black Metal, without women or keyboards. The songs alternated between furious parts and sluggish, consciously primitive wearing down passages that remind me of HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST. The vocals were throaty, no longer grunted. So they unleashed a maximum of evilness that still sets standards. No album by DARKTHRONE has been so cold and possessed as “A Blaze In The Northern Sky“. An absolutely timeless classic. Each song in itself a sort of “god”. And folks, this album sounds really disgusting, so nothing fort he triggered new time Blackies, which are pasted with keyboards… Beware upon purchase!
Even though the six tracks sound as if from one mould, two songs stand out – the slow-paced “In The Shadows Of The Horns“ and the grandiose hyper speed hymn “Where Cold Winds Blow“ are and will forever be two of the very best Black Metal tracks EVER written. Biggest cult! (Online March 28, 2004)