Clocking in at 45-minutes and just five tracks, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto channel their love of doom on latest recorded effort.
The pillars of Norwegian black metal in Darkthorne have announced plans to release their 19th studio album with ‘Eternal Hails’ set to arrive June 25th.
Responsible for genre defining albums including A Blaze In The Northern Sky, 1993’s Under A Funeral Moon, and the ever-enduring Transilvanian Hunger, Darkthrone’s legacy is one that has forever impacted the lexicon of extreme metal music and subculture.
On Eternal Hails, drummer Fenriz’s affinity for doom metal resonates loud and clear with the 45-minute collection comprised of just five tracks. Fenriz and creative cohort Nocturno Culto managed to transcend black metal to encompass a board spectrum of styles that showcase their heavy music roots in a way that remains fundamentally Darkthrone.
“When I was a kid growing up with metal I kept looking for bands with long songs. Black Sabbath had many, and Celtic Frost’s ‘Dawn Of Meggido’ had a long song, so I put that on in the record store and discovered another dimension of metal. Candlemass’ ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ had only long songs, so I think I bought that without even listening, and it was one of my best buys ever – an eternal inspiration for my entire career..”
“For us it has become a bit logical, hard to explain, but you get to build up for a different kind of listening,” says Nocturno Culto. “A three-minute song is nothing we think of at the moment. We like it this way. For now.”
The stylistic tangent comes as the band for the first time ever opted to go into an actual studio to record their album. Recording all of their albums since 2004 on a portable 8-track recorded in a bomb shelter, ‘Eternal Hails’ saw the band enter Chaka Khan Studio in Oslo – a significant change for a band whose DIY ethos and signature cold sound continue to be the stuff of lore.
Changes aside, Fenriz punctuates where Darkthrone reside creatively after decades in the game, “No matter what happens we will still sound like us, it seems!”
‘Eternal Hails’ from Darkthorne arrives on Peaceville on June 25th and can be pre-ordered – HERE. Watch the trailer for the album below.