CD review DARKTHRONE ‘Old Star’

(9/10) Darkthrone, that’s Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, both a well attuned duo in harsh Black Metal. Seventeen longplayer over the period o more than 30 years speak volumes and in contrary to the title of their newest release these guys are for sure no ‘old stars’.

As if there would be no tomorrow that duo unveils another six songs being fired by an anarchic power. ‘Old Star’ combines the best out of Doom-, Thrash- and Black Metal that starts, together with a solid portion of traditional Metal, a sinister journey.

‘Old Star’ is more than just another Black Metal album. This longplayer has a lot of firepower that manifests itself in great songs like the opener. ‘I Muffle Your Inner Choir’ includes everything Darkthrone fans could wish for. The song has a punk-ish simplicity, doom sections with Black Sabbath riffs and the hellish vocals by Nocturno Culto.

Darkthrone builds their songs on a puristic approach that spreads an evil atmosphere. Blackened Metal doesn’t need to be fast and furious only. ‘Duke of Gloat’ is a song that comes in general with a higher pace, but it’s the moments when the duo puts a foot on the break that fascinate even more. ‘Alp Man’ is such a song. Again crossing genres and moving towards Doom Metal it’s the underlying malice that makes this track to a moment that gives you the shivers.

Experience out of more than 30 years in Extreme Metal pay off again. Darkthrone’s newest release is a ferocious highlight of a band that reached cult status by being black, dark and authentic. ‘Old Star’ is a worthy successor of the excellent ‘Arctic Thunder’ album and showcases a band that isn’t on the scrap heap. ‘Old Star’ could be younger and more authentic.



  1. I Muffle Your Inner Choir
  2. The Hardship of the Scots
  3. Old Star
  4. Alp Man
  5. Duke of Gloat
  6. The Key is Inside the Wall

Label: Peaceville Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 31st, 2019



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