Darkthrone, having given fans a taster of their new studio album “Old Star” with the Fenriz penned, ‘The Hardship Of The Scots’, the band have revealed a second new song to make the wait until release day just a little bit more bearable! The animated clip also features a new fate from “Old Star” album cover artist Chadwick Saint John.

Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum commented:

“’Duke Of Gloat’ was the first I wrote for this album. I like my metal black, with a dose of heavy. Now with Old Star coming your way let me wish you all a sore neck!”

Fenriz, speaking to Loudwire about the song cryptically said:

“I feel that the words and titles are everyone’s property and they can analyse or feel it as they want. I will lead no way here! But when you see the lyrics you will know that it is probably not about a specific person (certainly not Newman from Seinfeld) but perhaps more of a fate or entity even.”

The legendary Norwegian longstanding partnership of Fenriz and Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum, return with Old Star, their first studio album since 2016’s hugely popular Arctic Thunder. With a mastery and endless dedication to the art of the riff, they cut through 6 new epic tracks, taking in the best of the old school of heavy & extreme metal plus a large dose of doom-laden riffing, & channelling it through the grime of the underground.

Fenriz enthused:

“Old star – again we are here with THE RIFFS! A while after our previous ARCTIC THUNDER album it became apparent that we would continue in that same style, BLACK OLD HEAVY METAL with slow thrash, classic doom and slow death metal.

As many have focussed on the 70s sound over the last 20 years, the mix on our new album has ended up being more 80s than ever. The songs are more metal than ever! Ted’s songs have a lot of black metal in them, faster and slower but also doomier parts and reoccurring parts. My songs are more linear written, it’s an ancient 80s underground trick, with breaks, all slow heavy or slow thrash, classic doom or slow death.

All in all it is our most 80s album so far and our most metal one to date with drum sound typical for the 80s USA/German market and damned lyrics, which are all written by me. We feel that OLD STAR is the big brother of ARCTIC THUNDER. More solid and with even better riffs.”

“Old Star” was recorded at the band’s Necrohell 2 Studios, with engineering and production duties carried out by vocalist/guitarist Nocturno Culto, complemented with a perfectly organic mix courtesy of Sanford Parker (Voivod) at Hypercube Studios, & mastered once more by Jack Control at Enormous Door. The stellar cover artistry comes courtesy of Chadwick St John, titled “The Shepherd of the Deep”.

“Old Star” is released today, order you copy here!

Available formats, each comes with handwritten lyrics in the booklet or insert:

  • CD
  • Black 180g vinyl LP
  • Ltd Edition 180g purple vinyl LP
  • Ltd Edition 180g green vinyl LP (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)
  • Ltd Edition 180g orange vinyl LP
  • Ltd Edition 7” vinyl box set – Old Star is presented on 3 coloured 7” (black, white, clear vinyl) (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)
  • Cassette (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)
  • Digital album (pre-orders receives “The Hardship Of The Scots” as an instant download)

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