...but I finally tracked down a Moonfog version of this mid-period Darkthrone album (after seeing a few bootlegged versions which included Transilvainian Hunger as a bonus). After recently acquiring and subsequently falling in love with Panzerfaust, the album previous to Total Death, I knew I had to have this one as well. The first thing I noticed was that Fenriz did not write ANY of the lyrics (I'm curious why)and that instead, he recruited the elite of the elite from Norway's fabled black metal scene to fill out the record (Nocturno Culto wrote three or four of the tracks' lyrics). So what you have is an "all-star" feeling to Total Death, with Garm(Ulver), Ihsahn(Emperor), and Satyr(Satyricon) all lending a bit of their blackened personas to the ultimate barbarian metal band in the world. For the most part, this is not a departure from the Panzerfaust style, although the pace is quicker. Every once in a while you get a low down and dirty Celtic Frost riff, and there's even a full-on thrash song here, but there's no mistaking it's Darkthrone. Not as good as Panzerfaust in my opinion, but definitely up there with the rest of the mid- to late-period releases by these misanthropists.