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Darkthrone is a Norwegian black metal band. They formed in 1987 as a death metal band, but after embracing the black metal style in 1991, they became a driving force in the Norwegian black metal scene. For most of this period Darkthrone has consisted of just two musicians, Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, who have sought to remain outside the music mainstream.[1] Since 2006 their work has incorporated more elements of traditional heavy metal, speed metal and punk rock.



Death metal years

The band that would become Darkthrone formed in late 1986 in Kolbotn, a small suburb of Oslo. They were a death metal group by the name of Black Death whose members were Gylve Nagell, Ivar Enger and Anders Risberget. Main inspirations were Celtic Frost, Cryptic Slaughter and Slayer's Show No Mercy. In the autumn of 1987 the band changed their name to Darkthrone and were joined by Dag Nilsen. Ted Skjellum joined in the spring of 1988. During 1988 and 1989 the band independently released four demo tapes: Land of Frost, A New Dimension, Thulcandra, and Cromlech.

They were subsequently signed to the independent record label Peaceville Records with a four album contract. In 1990 they recorded their first studio album, Soulside Journey. Because of a small recording budget, the band could not afford the kind of studio they wanted but, thanks to the members of Nihilist and Entombed, they were able to record their album in Sunlight Studios. Although mainly death metal in style, there were some elements of black metal present.

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