Dagorath maintains many proud traditions in the realm of black
metal, namely that of Tolkien-inspired narratives – a practice laid
out by legendary bands like Burzum, Isengard, Gorgoroth, Summoning,
etc. – and that of despairing although violent wall-to-wall sound
attacks in the way of Dødheimsgard and 1349.
Throne is a nice little piece of war, fought with conventional, thus
time-honored weaponry: Varied rhythms and melodious guitar-riffs.
Menacing and eerie vocals illustrating the inner turmoil of the
tormented and mad orcs and goblins of the Tolkien Universe. A
single – and quite inspiring quote from the “Lord of The Rings”
movie, in the song “Ruin upon the Mountainside”. Some marching drums
in “The Marching Shadows of Eternal Death” (bad title, good song).
has been seen and heard before, but the quality is high, the changes
fairly dynamic, and the drama-level more than adequate for the
album suffers from numerous flaws. First of all it has no real
replay value. It lacks the last ounces of recognizable originality,
that makes you want to spin it again and again. It lacks drive in
some songs too. And, it’s simply too long – almost an hour – and
could easily be trimmed down to create a more concentrated dose of
sorrow and hatred. Although it does not contain the extremely
exaggerated intros and masturbatory soundscaping as most modern
black, some parts are really just soaked in boogieman-effects and
keyboard extravaganza. I’m not entertained by such.