Of all the bands who emerged from Norway’s second wave of black metal in the early ’90s, Darkthrone have remained the most genuine, prolific, and consistently rad. Where other acts have eaten their own chewed food or gone off the stylistic deep end, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have always made metal that’s true to themselves and killer for their fans. Now, the duo are back, having announced a new record that will be released this June.
Darkthrone’s new album will be titled Eternal Hails……, and will drop June 25th via Peaceville Records. According to the band’s Facebook, Fenriz describes the album as, ““Five heavy dinosaurs looking in wonder and bewilderment at the stars.” One commenter has made a point of noting that the number of periods at the end of the album title is the same as that of Bathory’s 1985 record The Return……, which is a cool reference if you ask us.
As Blabbermouth points out, “The cover artwork features the piece “Pluto And Charon” (1972), from renowned science-fiction artist David A. Hardy; a hugely inspirational image for both Fenriz and Nocturno Culto spanning several decades, and this also stands as a symbolic link between the genre-bending styles apparent on Darkthrone’s earliest works, to those same traits evident on Eternal Hails…….”
Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below:
1. His Master’s Voice
2. Hate Cloak
3. Wake Of The Awakened
4. Voyage To A North Pole Adrift
5. Lost Arcane City Of Uppakra
Darkthrone’s Eternal Hails…… is available for preorder, and will come in the following formats:
- Ltd edition deluxe box set containing – Exclusive purple coloured heavyweight vinyl / CD in alternate digisleeve format / cassette tape / 12 page booklet containing a biography surrounding the creation of the album & studio experience / 10″ art print of David Hardy’s Pluto & Charon painting / handwritten letter print from Fenriz
- Black 180g vinyl LP
- Oxblood 180g coloured vinyl LP
- Marble coloured 180g vinyl LP – exclusive to Peaceville.com stores
- Picture disc
Words by Chris Krovatin