DARKTHRONE (NORWAY)


The band, formatively entitled BLACK DEATH, was officially convened in Koboltn, Ski during 1987. Resolving to take a more serious approach to their art, the new title of DARKTHRONE was summoned up, according to legend being inspired by a lyric in CELTIC FROST’s song ‘Jewel Throne’. With the revised brand came suitable pseudonyms to bolster the darkness now enveloping the enterprise, Nagell become ‘Fenriz’, after the Nordic wolf god, and Enger, switching roles to take command of guitar duties, adopting 'Zephyrous'. The new unit scored out new tracks to comprise the five track 'Land Of Frost' demo in March 1988. Anders Risberget was still a contributor whilst Dag Nilsen contributed bass. The single track July 1988 tape 'A New Dimension' included the intro ‘Twilight Dimension’ leading into Snowfall’. Darkthrone had morphed further by this stage, having introduced guitarist Ted Skjellum ('Nocturno Culto'). March 1989's 'Thulcandra' followed then 'Cromlech' that same December, the latter being recorded live. Meantime, the Fenriz side project ISENGARD issued its debut demo. The 'Cromlech' session, the first product to bear the now notorious familiar logo, was reissued the following year packaged with the 'Thulcandra' sessions. A copy of 'Cromlech' made its way to the fledgling Peaceville Records label in Yorkshire, England. Label boss Hammy was swiftly building a roster incorporating some of the most influential metal acts of the next decade, such as MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA, PARADISE LOST and AT THE GATES. The extreme nature of 'Cromlech' positioned the band into this elite pack of proto-pioneers.



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LAND OF FROST 1988 DEMO

Xeroxed covers and regular tapes. Lyrics included. I have seen white covers too.

TRACK LISTING:
- Land Of Frost
- Winds Of Triton
- Forest Of Darkness
- Odyssey Of Freedom
- Day Of The Dead 


LAND OF FROST 1988 DEMO TAPE:


A NEW DIMENSION 1988 PROMO

Xerox covers with regular tapes. Nothing on the back.

TRACK LISTING:
- Intro
- Snowfall

1988 PROMO TAPE:


THULCANDRA 1989 DEMO

Xeroxed  three panel covers on regular tapes. Nothing on back.

TRACK LISTING:
- Eon
- Thulcandra
- Archipelago



CROMLECH 1989 DEMO

Xerox three panel covers on regular tapes. Came with a lyric sheet

TRACK LISTING:
- The Watchtower 
- Accumulation Of Generalization
- Sempiternal Past / Presence View Sepulchrality
- Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia


 

1990 REHEARSAL DEMO

Xerox covers on regular tapes.

TRACK LISTING:
- Cromlich
- Neptune Towers
- Soulside Journey

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