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Album Review: Darkthrone – Astral Fortress

Anyone who’s read my drivel for any length of time knows the importance I place on a band’s third album. Well, DARKTHRONE is at its 20th, so if they haven’t figured out what they are by now, there’s no point in bothering. And I suppose that’s why it pained me so much that 2021’s Eternal Hails……, the band’s self-proclaimed love letter to doom and prog, was such a disappointment. Now, off to strap on our skates and travel to the Astral Fortress. ‘Caravan Of Broken Ghosts’ begins interestingly enough, building in a way that brings anticipation. Never straying too far […]

ASTRAL FORTRESS – The New Studio Album From The Legendary DARKTHRONE Due For Release On Peaceville Records On October 28th, 2022

Watch the Astral Fortress trailer with an introduction from Fenriz. From their formation back in 1986, to becoming one of Norway’s finest and enigmatic musical exports (with a number of highly revered black metal masterpieces released in the early ’90s helping to solidify their legacy), DARKTHRONE has continued to evolve and challenge in equal measure, throughout their illustrious recording career spanning over three decades. And now, the ever-productive duo of Nocturno and Fenriz continue their own metallic saga with a new selection of fine, vintage sounding headbanging classics in the making .. Astral Fortress This new studio opus, due for […]

Album Review: Darkthrone – Eternal Hails

Well, true to form, the 19th DARKTHRONE album sounds like it was recorded on a 4-track in a barn somewhere in Norway. That much is expected, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be bad. Eternal Hails is definitely the band’s “doom metal” album. Slower tempos have been a strong part of DARKTHRONE for much of the “primitive punk metal” period of the last 15 years or so, but never have they played such a significant role. To be quite honest, the album is a very mixed bag for me. The doom is across all five lengthy tracks, mixed with the […]


As John Peel once said of The Fall, “Always different, always the same,” so too one could say the same of DARKTHRONE. Things change, times change, people change, and yet even when sounding fresh and new and delivering just five tracks in 45 minutes on their 19th album, Eternal Hails, the Norwegian black metal legends remain defiantly and eternally DARKTHRONE. Since forming in 1986 as Black Death in Kolboton, Norway, DARKTHRONE have been masters of their art. Dropping the death metal of 1991’s Soulside Journey debut album in favour of a more primitive, black metal sound on the following year’s […]


Listen to DARKTHRONE’s new track ‘ The Hardship Of The Scots’ HERE FENRIZ introduces the track “There really isn’t just ONE song that can represent this album, ‘The Hardship Of The Scots’ was my song and although we also wanted one of Ted’s songs to preview the album Ted took one for the team and we chose my song! His songs are somewhat faster with more black metal in them but still has slow thrash and doom, my song here seems to start with an Invasion Of Your Privacy RATT-era riff or perhaps one from The Ultimate Sin by OZZY […]