Saturday, April 13, 2024

Darkthrone Beckons Us

Lifelong disciples of suspense and mystery, the enigmatic duo that is Nocturno and Fenriz return under their Darkthrone guise on 26th April with a new album, It Beckons Us All, on the Peaceville record label.

Formed in Norway, back in 1986, their debut album Soulside Journey, as followed by another trio f releases, often referred to as ‘the unholy three’, setting a benchmark for black metal in the early 90s, albeit they’ve also distilled elements of vintage punk, doom, thrash and death into their own sonic fingerprint throughout the years.

It Beckons Us All is said to bean intense observation of the world around them,” and that some of the riffs “howl across a gallery of ice and snow while others crackle like a volcano awakening from its timeless slumber”  

“I am having difficulties putting into words my personal feelings around the existential title It Beckons Us All, I can only hope others out there can feel the darkness that encompasses it,”said Fenriz.

Nocturno commented: “We recorded in the manner we always do, live, meaning drums and guitar, with another guitar added later. We found a new twist during this process that surely benefited this album. Fenriz did stellar clean vocals on several songs, and his way of thinking creatively made it so good. We also shared the bass work this time around. We added a lot of extra layers like solo guitars… It was just a cauldron of ideas. Instead of finding a plug-in or choir synth patch, we both recorded four vocal tracks each.

Darkthrone is an ever-evolving band, as many should know by now, and this album is touching a bit into the heavy genre. I have no idea what genre we are, and have really not cared much about it, but I know for sure it’s metal.”

Described as “music for dreamers who find themselves paralysed by the contrasting beauty and ugliness in the world surrounding them” the It Beckons Us All album was recorded in April and May 2023 at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, the same location used for the Eternal Hails and Astral Fortressalbums, mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door, with artwork courtesy of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak.

It Beckons Us All will feature the tracks ‘Howling Primitive Colonies’, ‘Eon 3’, ‘Black Dawn Affiliation’, ‘And In That Moment I Knew The Answer’, ‘The Bird People Of Nordland’, ‘The Heavy Hand’ and ‘The Lone Pines Of The Lost Planet’.

It will be available as a limited edition deluxe boxed edition with Allon CD, exclusive corona vinyl LP, cassette and art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box; limited edition Fenriz edition LP on blue marble coloured vinyl – exclusively available through the Peaceville stores; limited edition Nocturno Culto edition LP on grey marble coloured vinyl – available through the Peaceville stores, on CD,LP and digitally, with other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs available in stores across the world, suich as cream white, crystal clear, petrol and a collectors dream, if you can find them.

To order your copy click here.

You can check out a video trailer for the album here at RAMzine, and one where Fenriz introduces the record.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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