Sardonic Wrath

Release date
18 Jan 2005
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Order of the Ominous 2:33 10,432
2 Information Wants to Be Syndicated 3:43 15,019
3 straightening sharks 3:25 3,130
3 Sjakk matt Jesu Krist 4:03 15,963
4 Straightening Sharks in Heaven 3:26 15,769
5 Alle gegen alle 3:21 14,610
6 Man tenker sitt 3:04 14,356
7 Sacrificing to the God of Doubt 4:34 13,524
8 Hate Is the Law 0:52 12,701
9 Rawness Obsolete 6:14 11,344

About this album

Sardonic Wrath is the tenth album by the Norwegian band, Darkthrone. It was released through Moonfog Productions in 2004, and was the band’s last album with that record label. Though influences are already apparent, it would be Darkthrone’s last album recorded solely in the black metal style. Their subsequent albums feature much stronger punk traits.

The entire album was leaked on the Internet beginning in April 2004, extremely premature of the September 2004 release date. However, the final release of the album was considerably different from the Internet leak.

The title of the album seems to have been derived from the lyrics of Earth’s Last Picture, a song from Darkthrone’s Total Death album (“As lands tremble, and empires fall/Ye may hear us laugh with sardonic wrath”). Sardonic Wrath is also a term used in The Book of Satan in The Satanic Bible (“I blast out the ghastly contents of philosophically whited sepulchers and laugh with sardonic wrath!”).

On the song Hate Is the Law, vocals are performed by Fenriz and Apollyon. Oddly, the closing song, Rawness Obsolete, is listed on many lyric sites as an instrumental. This can be attributed to the lack of any printed lyrics in the accompanying booklet, which many find to be quite strange, considering some vocals are easily comprehensible.

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  • JeanLoco

    oh yeah, this is really a black metal album, and pretty nice!

    13 Mar 9:28pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    decent album but kind of stale, like a lot of norwegian black metal.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ManiacSC2

    great album!

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • frost94095

    Записав эту работу в 2004 году, Фенриз и Ноктюрно Культо посвятили её лидеру Bathory Томасу Форсбергу, скончавшемуся от сердечного приступа тем летом...

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Psicosombra

    My favourite album of Darkthrone!!!! And this album IS Black Metal.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wormsaiboty

    it's NOT a black metal album.

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Happy_Funeral


    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • oscar_metal

    One of my Favs album's Darkthrone, pure energy!

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Element_Engine

    Fucking raw as hell. Love it.

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Charrd666

    hail sardonic wrath ! \mm/

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Omega_Switch22B

    Their best album since Transilvanian Hunger. Enough said.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • tommygronlund

    One of my favorite albums by Darkthrone, what energy they present.

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • BotX

    pretty fine album, loving it

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • tristan_f

    Black Metal Darkthrone's last hour this was and what an album at that .

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • kraujomaisa

    Sjakk matt Jesu Krist nebloga daina, apskritai albumas gan jėgiškas, smagu grįžt prie black'o.

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jazqaa

    Awesome album. Just go T-Shirt too :D

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • lifestain


    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Isym

    for sure best black metal act from the "new age" of darkthrone

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • jakthund

    her er det bare hits!

    18 Jun 2007 Reply
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