There aren’t many black metal musicians who are as revered as Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. The duo have created, moulded and reshaped not only the black metal sound, but also what it means to be black metal with more than 30 years experience that continues to this day as Darkthrone deliver their latest album ‘Eternal Hails…’
Darkthrone are not a band that are likely to throw spanner in the works, there is never an immediate change in their sound, no, these changes are smaller, nuanced and at times almost unnoticeable. Therefore, the listener already has an ingrained idea of what to expect and it is safe to say that Darkthrone do not disappoint. Growling guitars, machine gun drums and guttural vocals tear through the albums five tracks; yes, that’s right, five tracks and clocking in at 42 minutes, you know they’re going to be longer than usual. Longer yes, boring? Not on your life, ‘His Masters Voice’, ‘Voyage to a North Pole Adrift’ and ‘Lost Arcane City of Uppakra’ more than keep the listeners interest with twisting melodies that soar and intertwine underneath a raw production that is undeniably Darkthrone.
Ultimately, ‘Eternal Hails…’ is a solid album, there is nothing outstanding or even spectacular here; it won’t make album of the year, but don’t be surprised if it is in many end of year lists.
‘Eternal Hails…’ is a solid album
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