Norwegian metal legends Darkthrone have just released their 20th full-length album »Astral Fortress« this Friday, October 28th, 2022 via Peaceville Records.
01. Caravan Of Broken Ghosts
02. Impeccable Caverns Of Satan
03. Stalagmite Necklace
04. The Sea Beneath The Seas Of The Sea
05. Kevorkian Times
06. Kolbotn, West Of The Vast Forests
07. Eon 2
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From their formation back in 1986, to becoming one of Norways’s finest musical exports (with a number of highly revered black metal masterpieces released in the early 90’s 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« is itself a swift follow-up to 2021’s »Eternal Hails« opus, as a result of Darkthrone’s consistent and ongoing writing process, which has been in force for some years now. For Darkthrone does not sleep – it only waits.
Carried on the brisk wind of eager rock, with foundations in black, thrash, doom and heavy metal, »Astral Fortress« is the latest album of stellar, eclectic old metal in the Darkthrone odyssey. With a seemingly endless dungeon full of heavy metal influences channelled through Darkthrone’s dynamic riff-machine, plus also with many increasing inspirations taken from their own past catalogue. Even though sprinkled with atmospheric touches such as synthesizers and mellotron on »Astral Fortress« to great effect, the Darkthrone sound remains stripped down to the core; always primitive and organic. Darkthrone has truly become its own beast within the metal world.
Photo by Ester Segarra
Fenriz comments “As usual, Ted makes music by playing himself and riffs just come to me. I think since 2016’s »Arctic Thunder«, we have mostly been inspired by our own back catalogue. I can hear many of my riffs eventually sounding like a plethora of bands but this seldom seems to correlate with what others hear. As you’ll know by now I never talk about the lyrics or the inspiration behind them and I would never want any lyrics that I like of others to be explained to me but I will tell you this, it is darker than ever, it is seething with hell.”
Even though sprinkled with atmospheric touches such as synthesizers and mellotron on »Astral Fortress« to great effect, the Darkthrone sound remains stripped down to the core; always primitive and organic. Darkthrone has truly become its own beast within the metal world.
»Astral Fortress« was recorded at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, the same location used for the »Eternal Hails« album, with Ole Øvstedal and Silje Høgevold and the album was mastered by Jack Control.
»Astral Fortress« is available on the following formats:
• Limited Edition Deluxe boxed edition: includes Astral Fortress on CD, an exclusive clear vinyl LP & cassette, printed letter from Fenriz and exclusive art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box
• Limited edition curacao blue coloured LP – exclusively available through the Peaceville stores
• Plus other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in stores across the world – gold, white, yellow, green, purple and silver… a collectors dream… if you can find them!
Pre-orders available here: darkthrone.lnk.to/AstralFortress