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Formed: 1986
From: Kolbotn, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Darkthrone News

Below is our complete Darkthrone news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Darkthrone Reveals New Album Details

Darkthrone will welcome a new decade with a new album to be released on Peaceville Records. "Circle The Wagons" will initially be released on vinyl on March 8th, through the Peaceville Records webstore. The vinyl will also include a link to download a digital version of the album, which will be available when the regular and special edition CD versions of the album are released on April 6th.

"Circle the Wagons" was self-recorded at Necrohell II Studios. Artwork for the album comes once again courtesy of Dennis Dread. The band commented on the new album: “The new metal decade starts with our album. It is a message to the invaders of our metal domain to circle their wagons! With our own brand of heavy metal/speed metal-punk we are a constant ambush on the modern overground metal traitors. Join us in our fight against instant gratification, and let's see who stands when the smoke clears.”

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Gibson Gets Preview Of "Until The Light Takes Us"

Gibson got an exclusive preview of the new black metal documentary "Until The Light Takes Us." Here's an excerpt of their reactions:

"...the new documentary Until The Light Takes Us tackles church burnings, the occult and, even, murder to craft a captivating film that’s essential for both black metal aficionados as well as viewers who are curious about the scene and would like a well-constructed overview of Norway’s cultural and musical makeup.

"However instead of just focusing on the scandalous details, Until The Light Takes Us hones in on the Norwegian black metal subculture itself and centers around members of Mayhem, Burzum and Darkthrone—and features detailed interviews with members from each of these acts, so you’re able to hear about the history of the scene from the artists who helped pioneer it themselves. Additionally the film addresses why this scene found traction in Norway and captures the darkness and isolation of the country via striking cinematography and visuals."

"...Although the media has chosen to focus on the more sensational and controversial aspects of the movement, Until The Light Takes Us manages to humanize these musicians and put into context exactly what catalyzed the brutal metal riffs and equally brutal actions that transpired during the nineties."

Read the full article at Gibson.com.

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New "Engangsgrill" Song Streaming Online

A new song has been posted online from the split album "Engangsgrill" from Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest and Fenriz of Darkthrone. The track "My Ship Sailed Without Me" can be heard on the Engangsrgrill official MySpace page.

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Nattefrost Posts New Song Online

Norwegian metal band, NATTEFROST, has posted a new track, “Nekronaut II Nekro Spirituals,” on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming split, entitled “Engangsgrill.”

Due to receive it’s European release on Indie Recordings on 11th May, the 8-track “Engangsgrill” is a split between NATTEFROST (CARPATHIAN FOREST, NATTEFROST), and FENRIZ’ RED PLANET (DARKTHRONE). The album will be available both in CD and LP format. More...

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Sarke Posts New Album, "Vorunah," Samples Online

Norway's Sarke has posted a new e-card at this location. The E-card features samples from their entire upcoming debut album, "Vorunah." Furthermore, the band has a new track, "The Drunken Priest" on their MySpace page.

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Sarke Signs To Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings recently announced the signing of debut act Sarke. The band features no one else than Sarke (Khold, Tulus, Old Man's Child and Sensa Anima) and Nocturno Culto from the mighty Darkthrone.

Sarke might sound like a new name, and in fact it is, but this grim story has more pages than one first might think. Formed in 2008 by its namesake Sarke, who has spread his angry art through Khold, Tulus, Old Man's Child and Sensa Anima, Sarke is a mesmerizing journey through dark and soothing soundscapes, inspired by legends like Mayhem, Slayer, Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Death, Motorhead and Kreator.

For this musical quest, Sarke wanted to create music that has inspired him since he got into the extreme metal scene, and thus Nocturno Culto from the mighty Darkthrone was brought on board, making the core of the project complete. All music and lyrics are written by Sarke, but adding Nocturno's legendary voice to these songs, has without a doubt added another dimension to the grimness.

The debut album, "Vorunah," was recorded in November, and even though the album was recorded in old-fashioned 70's style to get the true vibe of the music, the sound is brutal, fresh and up to date.

"Vorunah" is produced by Sarke with Lars-Erik Westby and is set to a April 6th release for Norway, April 27th in Europe. A U.S. and rest of world release date is yet to be announced.

In a statement Sarke comments the signing: "I want to thank Indie Recordings for supporting my ideas with this band since day one and to Nocturno Culto for joining me; together we have created a monster."

The line-up is: More...

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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Fenriz of Darkthrone Announces Contest Answers

Yesterday, Fenriz of Darkthrone announced a trivia competition which had a question about the musical career of Darkthrone. He awarded two winners, who went by the names of Skorge and Damien, copies of Fenriz' Metal Merchants DJ set. The question was this: what are the similarities between Darkthrone's earlier musical career and that of James Brown or Status Quo? Their answers are shown below.

Damien's answer:

"Darkthrone's earlier musical career was profoundly influenced by the development of many different musical genres, yet applying what they can hear in a context that suits themselves in a way in which they like. Much like James Brown or Status Quo, they did exactly the same thing such as James Brown with blues and gospel-based forms of music and Status Quo with pop, rock n' roll and even psychedelia."

Skorge's answer:

"I'll go with the same sort of answer to Damien; Status Quo started out with psychedelic sort of music [style] but became disillusioned with their musical direction and abandoned the style for something else, much like Darkthrone did with Soulside Journey, abandoning death metal for black metal.

"James Brown was similar to Darkthrone's early career in almost the same way; he started off with a blues sort of style, and eventually crafted into a R&B sort of style.

"Also, each band was influenced heavily by different genres, as is evident by Darkthrone's shift in musical style, [changing] twice, and the way Fenriz posts bands on the myspace which we can check out, many of which are of different styles and backgrounds.

"There, that's what I think.

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Fenriz of Darkthrone Announces Trivia Contest

Darkthrone's very own Fenriz has just announced a trivia competition on MySpace that involves the history of Darkthrone. The prize is a copy of Fenriz' Metal Merchants DJ set. The trivia question is the following: what are the similarities between Darkthrone's earlier musical career (he said "carrier," but one can only assume he meant "career") and that of James Brown or Status Quo? To answer, go to Fenriz' blog post and post your answer. Fenriz will contact the first two people that answer the question correctly. He will also ask for your address in order to deliver the set.

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Darkthrone Writing New Material

Darkthrone mainman Nocturno Culto has posted the following message online:

"Winter is most definitely full-on here now, and I'm enjoying the feeling of isolation as best as I can. Great! That out of the way, I will first thank Fenriz for doing a great job on the Darkthrone Official mySpace, du brenner for saken, bokstavelig talt!!! And to all of you who send me words through this site. Winter means a bit more actively indoors for me, so I'll give it my best shot to maintain this cyber-cage.

"Dark Thrones And Black Flags is, well, history for me now, since the planning and songwriting for a new album is well under way. We enjoyed recording it and looking forward to December 13th when we pull the trigger for a new album. There are small details this time around that will most likely result in a slight different sound and 'feeling'. Seems pointless to mention such stuff here, but I can assure you that both Fenriz and me looking forward to this. The first session of a new record is always exciting plus since it do set some fundamental standards...at least in our heads....well, at least in MY head then. Working the way we do now is such a blizz it's hard to describe.

"I'll get back to you all soon, about other music projects, bands etc..."

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Darkthrone Reveals New Album Release Date

Black metallers Darkthrone have announced that October 20th will be the day they release their brand new studio album, "Dark Thrones & Black Flags."

The band has been keeping very busy when it comes to releases, releasing an EP and a full length album last year and a three disc box set last month.

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Darkthrone Reveals Box Set Details

Legendary black metallers Darkthrone will release a three CD box set on June 23rd entitled "Frostland Tapes". The set is a collection of all four of the bands demos and a recorded set in Denmark. Check out the tracklisting below.

Disc 1:

"Land Of Frost" Demo (1988)

01. Land of Frost
02. Winds of Triton
03. Forest of Darkness
04. Odyssey of Freedom
05. Day of the Dead

"A New Dimension" Demo (1988)

06. Intro: Twilight Dimension
07. Snowfall

"Thulcandra" Demo (1989)

08. Eon
09. Thulcandra
10. Archipelago
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Darkthrone Complete Four New Songs For Next Album

Nocturno Culto from Norwegian black metal legends DARKTHRONE has issued the following update:

"Darkthrone has completed four new songs for the new album, and will record a couple of new ones in a couple of weeks. Ah, and I have to tell you about the new box set from Darkthrone, Frostland Tapes. It really came along better than I hoped, it's nice actually. Three discs, containing all demos, including Land Of Frost of course. Rare original rehearsal tape, Goatlord, plus live from Denmark, drum solo by Fenriz (!) and so on. We can now, simultaneously grabbing our balls, say that after this box, we have no more 'rare' stuff to offer. Frostland Tapes is all of our early history. It's the right timing for it as well actually, since some clever fella has started Gylve Records to release a demo, to put it mildly, the man himself is not very pleased of this shit."

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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Darkthrone Reveal New Album Title

Nocturno Culto of the long-running Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE has issued the following update:

"We have recorded four songs for the next album, 'Dark Thrones And Black Flags'. We sort of tried to keep the title 'hidden,' but my mouth ran over talking to Metal Hammer (damn!!!), so anyways, that's the title, and NO, it's not punkish you bastards, it's METAL TO THE BONE!!! I tell ya, what we allow ourself to do these days.... riff-wise, I mean. IT'S A BLOODY FEAST!!!! The plan is to have the final recordings ready in July at latest. I know, I know, this album comes fast, but not to worry, we'll use just a tad more time on the album after that."

DARKTHRONE's latest album, "F.O.A.D.", was released in September 2007 via Peaceville. An EP, "NWOBHM" (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal), preceded the full-length CD on July 23.

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Darkthrone Complete Recording Two New Tracks

Nocturno Culto of the long-running Norwegian black metallers DARKTHRONE has issued the following update:

"OK, here we go again. DARKTHRONE's album 'F.O.A.D.' is now released (what a fucking masterpiece (?)) But do we rest now? Of course not. Last weekend we recorded two new songs for next album...that has a name, but I can't reveal just yet, sorry. I'm all exited AGAIN. As usual DARKTHRONE is going their own way, usually AGAINST the stream, we're getting praise/slaughtered for doing so, but in the end we are sure our albums will last longer than a decade....HAH. Right, and Dani Pedrosa did win in front of his home-crowd at Catalunya today, good for him, but where were Mr. Capirossi???"

DARKTHRONE's latest album, "F.O.A.D.", was released in September via Peaceville. An EP, "NWOBHM" (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal), preceded the full-length CD on July 23.

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New Darkthrone Track Posted Online

A new DARKTHRONE track, entitled "Canadian Metal", is currently streaming online.

The track comes from the band's forthcoming full-length album, "F.O.A.D.", which is scheduled to be released on September 24 through Peaceville Records. Here is the complete track listing:

1. These Shores Are Damned
2. Canadian Metal
3. The Church Of Real Metal
4. The Banners Of Old
5. Fuck Off And Die
6. Splitkein Fever
7. Raised On Rock
8. Pervertor Of The 7 Gates
9. Wisdom Of The Dead

Prior to the release of the new album, the band will release a new EP, "NWOBHM" (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal), on July 23 through Peaceville Records. The EP contains four tracks on a CD version and two tracks on a 7" vinyl version. Here are the track listings:


1. Wisdom Of The Dead
2. Canadian Metal
3. Hedninger Fra Helvete
4. Bad Attitude


Side A: Hedninger Fra Helvete
Side B: Canadian Metal

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Darkthrone's NWOBHM Pre-order And New Mini-site

Peaceville has issued the following press release regarding Darkthrone's return to the Black Metal reign:

It’s time for the one-and-only Darkthrone to bring us a taste of DIRTY SOUL METAL on the 20th anniversary of the band with some new releases. New album 'F.O.A.D' is heading your way September 24th but coming first is the EP - 'NWOBHM (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal)', packed with exclusive tracks…

The CD edition of 'NWOBHM' includes the track 'Hedninger Fra Helvete' (‘Heathens From Hell’) which will not appear on the album, plus an alternate recording of new track 'Wisdom of the Dead' plus an alternate mix with different vocals of 'Canadian Metal' (both tracks are set to appear as different versions on the forthcoming 'F.O.A.D' album). The EP concludes with a cover of the Testors track, 'Bad Attitude'.
The limited edition 7” vinyl version features the tracks 'Hedninger Fra Helvete' & 'Canadian Metal'.

We are offering the EP as a bundle featuring the CD & 7” vinyl for £8.50 (£7.23 outside of EU) + P&P or they can be purchased individually for £4.99 each (£4.25 each outside of EU) + P&P.


NWOBHM - CD EP tracklisting

1. Wisdom of The Dead
2. Canadian Metal
3. Hedninger Fra Helvete
4. Bad Attitude

NWOBHM - 7" vinyl tracklisting

SIDE A - Hedninger Fra Helvete
SIDE B - Canadian Metal


The new Darkthrone minisite is online now on the build-up to 13th album 'F.O.A.D' (due September 24th), where you can join the mailing list plus check out new track ‘CANADIAN METAL’, the exclusive version which appears on the NWOBHM CD EP & 7”. Be sure to keep checking this site as more info & extras will be added as 'F.O.A.D' approaches.

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Darkthrone Offer Update On New Album

Norwegian black metal legends DARKTHRONE have posted the following update:

“Finally! 18 months after the first recordings for the new album, DARKTHRONE is done. End of July will see the release of the new EP ‘NWOBHM‘ (New Wave Of Black Heavy Metal). This EP contains four songs on CD version, and two songs on the 7? vinyl version. There is one new exclusive song on both versions called ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ (Heathens From Hell). The TESTORS cover song ‘Bad Attitude‘ is added on the CD version.

CD contains in this order: ‘Wisdom Of The Dead‘ (a different recording than the version on the album), ‘Canadian Metal‘ (same recording as the album version, but different vocals added), ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ (exclusive new song for this EP) and ‘Bad Attitude‘ (cover song of American TESTORS). Vinyl version contains ‘Hedninger Fra Helvete‘ and ‘Canadian Metal.’

The new album is called F.O.A.D. and will be released in September.”

The F.O.A.D. tracklisting is as follows:

01. These Shores Are Damned
02. Canadian Metal
03. The Church Of Real Metal
04. The Banners Of Old
05. Fuck Off And Die
06. Splitkein Fever
07. Raised On Rock
08. Pervertor Of The 7 Gates
09. Wisdom Of The Dead

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Darkthrone Complete New Album, Release EP Details

Nocturno Culto, guitarist of Darkthrone, posted the following message on his MySpace page:

"Finally we're done recording the new album F.O.A.D. This album will make lots of debate...I'm pretty sure of it. There will be a small taster in the form of an exclusive EP in July, that will contain exclusive song called 'Hedninger Fra Helvete' in english that means 'Heathens From Hell', and there will be a different recording of the song 'Wisdom Of The Dead' and different vocal version of 'Canadian Metal', plus the Testors coversong 'Bad Attitude'. Expect the album to be released in September. It will contain 9 songs."

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