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A Blaze in the Northern Sky


Release date:
February 26th, 1992
Catalog ID:
Version desc.:
Limited edition
Peaceville Records
3000 copies
21 reviews (avg. 86%)
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Band members
Nocturno Culto Vocals (lead), Guitars (lead)
Zephyrous Guitars (rhythm)
Fenriz Drums, Vocals (spoken lines, intro), Lyrics
Dag Nilsen Bass
Miscellaneous staff
Tomas Lindberg Logo
Dave Pybus Layout
Nimbus Mastering
Erik Avnskog Engineering
Zephyrous Cover model
Nocturno Culto Vocals (lead), Guitars (lead)
Zephyrous Guitars (rhythm)
Fenriz Drums, Vocals (spoken lines, intro), Lyrics
Dag Nilsen Bass
Tomas Lindberg Logo
Dave Pybus Layout
Nimbus Mastering
Erik Avnskog Engineering
Zephyrous Cover model
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The beginning of Darkthrone's black metal material.

After recording his parts for the album, bassist Dag Nilsen left the band.

The person who appears on the front cover is Zephyrous.

In an interview, Fenriz said that the album was somewhat "rushed", in order to comply to contract clauses with their record label, Peaceville. He also noted that many of the songs feature "death metal guitar riffs" simply played in a "black metal style".

First press 1992 (VILE 28 CD): white disc (limited to 3000 copies). Second press 1992 (VILE 28 CD): Black disc. Third press with Music for Nations with number CDVILE 28, then with Snapper Music.

Reissued and remastered in 2003 as a digipak featuring a video interview clip.

The remastered CD version 2003 was also released in 2007 by Black Metal Attack Records from Brazil for South America.

Bootlegs of the original version exist with a low print quality as well as leaving out some sentences.

All the releases of "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" have a note saying "This album is eternally dedicated to the king of death/black metal Euronymous."

The first song on the album, "Kathaarian Life Code", is featured in the last scene of the 2002 film Demonlover.

12" LP re-released by Peaceville Records in 2011. This vinyl edition of the album is limited to 2000 numbered copies and is issued on 180gsm heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve which features new liner notes written by Nocturno Culto especially for this release.

Recording information:

Recorded at Creative Studios, August 1991, but released in the beginning of 1992.


Barcode (Text): 5 016557 502824
Barcode (String): 5016557502824
Matrix / Runout: VILECD 28 MPO 01 @@

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