Band Photo: Darkthrone (?)
From: Kolbotn, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
According to Rockdetector.com, DARKTHRONE — probably the most uncompromising of the veteran Norwegian black metal bands — have sensationally entered the national singles charts in Norway. The group's "Too Old, Too Cold" EP debuted at No. 11 this week.
"Too Old, Too Cold" features a cover version of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES' "Love In A Void" and the original "High On Cold War", featuring Grutle Kjellson from ENSLAVED on guest vocals.
DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "The Cult Is Alive" on February 27 via Peaceville. The album will be available on CD, special-edition CD featuring the band's first-ever promo video (for "Too Old, Too Cold") and on limited-edition shark grey vinyl. More...
Norwegian black metal legends EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE and DIMMU BORGIR were among the artists interviewed for the "The Rock Show in Norway" special which aired on BBC Radio 1's "Mike Davies' Rock Show". Listen to the show at this location.
The cover artwork for DARKTHRONE's upcoming album, "The Cult Is Alive", has been posted online. Due on February 27 via Peaceville, the album will be available on CD, special-edition CD featuring the band's first-ever promo video (for "Too Old, Too Cold") and on limited-edition shark grey vinyl. A single, "Too Old, Too Cold", was made available this past Monday (Jan. 23) as a CD-single and a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl single on polar white vinyl.
Peaceville Records recently released a special edition boxset of DARKTHRONE's "Preparing for War" anthology (originally issued in 2001), which covers more rare tracks and includes a DVD of rare interview and live footage. The "Preparing for War" special edition boxset features two CDs and a DVD and comes in a clam box, complete with poster and booklet containing an in-depth interview with the band, conducted by U.K. journalist James Hinchliffe.
RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."
Peaceville is celebrating the return of DARKTHRONE by issuing a Special Box Set Edition of "PREPARING FOR WAR" - the anthology of early live and rare material. This set has been enhanced and comes in a clam-box including a poster and booklet containing an exclusive, in-depth interview by James Hinchliffe.
Between now and April you can purchase this set ONLY from Peaceville's ONLINE STORE. It will be shipped commencing December 13th. This is a limited edition and will be deleted in due course.
HEre is the full list of contents: More...
French symphonic black metal act ANOREXIA NERVOSA are putting the finishing touches on a new mini-CD, "The September", containing cover songs from FORBIDDEN SITE and DARKTHRONE, live tracks recorded during the band's "Redemption Process" French tour, and two songs that were previously only available in Japan. In addition, the band have remixed their live favorite "Sister September" for the occasion. "The September" is scheduled for release this fall, in time for the band's European tour with VADER.
ANOREXIA NERVOSA's fourth full-length album, "Redemption Process", was released last October through Listenable Records. The follow-up to 2001's "New Obscurantis Order" (Osmose Productions) was recorded at Drudenhaus studios in France and was mastered by Bjorn Engelmann (RAMMSTEIN, IN FLAMES, HYPOCRISY) at the Cutting Room in Sweden.
Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal... is the first in a series of compilation albums from the mighty FENRIZ of DARKTHRONE. Featuring 16 classic tracks from the likes of VENOM, BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, MAYHEM, BURZUM, DESTRUCTION, AURA NOIR and much more. Running at over 70 minutes this album is a must for any metal fan!
Here's the cd's tracklisting: More...
CONVERGE, SATYRICON and... DARKTHRONE...? Those are the unlikely alternate Grammy nominees suggested to MSNBC recently by "Sound of the Beast" author Ian Christe. "Then again," Christe told the Microsoft-backed news network, "DARKTHRONE already refused their nomination for the Norwegian version of the awards. These back-slapping events are viewed by most metalheads with a lot of skepticism."
Christe also told MSNBC this year's real Grammy nominees for Metal Performance (CRADLE OF FILTH, MOTÖRHEAD, HATEBREED, KILSWITCH ENGAGE, and SLIPKNOT) are "a shock... they actually represent what metal kids are into - instead of the usual out-of-date record company executive's misunderstanding of heavy metal... All five bands nominated began on indie-specialty labels, then worked their way to the mainstream over years. Normally, I'd hope in vain that MOTÖRHEAD would win, just as an excuse to see Lemmy wearing a tuxedo. But it would really be a boon to heavy metal for any of the younger bands to take the prize."
The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 13. The Metal Performance award will NOT be televised.
The End Records has posted mp3s of the following songs from upcoming releases here. Most are available for the first time.
Antimatter - Legions (rough edit)
Darkthrone - God Of Doubt
Epoch Of Unlight - Aberrant Shadows
Frantic Bleep - But A Memory
Novembers Doom - Swallowed By The Moon
Oathean - Beyond The Memories I Lost
Subterranean Masquerade - No Place Like Home (exclusive for 2004)
Ulver - Xmas (rough edit sampler)
Norwegian black metal icons Darkthrone have turned a nomination in the 'Best Metal' category of the Norwegian ALARM Awards. The band were cited for the 'Sardonic Wrath' album, but after making it clear how underwhelmed they were by the whole event, their nomination was withdrawn.
The staff of Decibel magazine has has ranked the "Top 40 Extreme Music Band Logos of All Time" for its December 2004 issue, which is scheduled to hit the newsstands November 7. The complete list is as follows:
04. MORBID ANGEL
12. BLACK FLAG
15. THE HAUNTED
17. NUCLEAR ASSAULT
18. EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN
20. NAPALM DEATH
24. YOUNG GODS
30. BOLT THROWER
31. PARADISE LOST
32. CELTIC FROST
34. DARK FUNERAL
38. DISCORDANCE AXIS
39. TODAY IS THE DAY
More information on Decibel magazine is available at www.decibelmagazine.com.
Just For Fun
Ruthless Reviews scribe Mike From Hobart has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics Of All Time," which includes such bands as Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Old Man's Child and Satyricon.
Check out the list and pics here.
Norwegian black metallers Satyricon have posted this report from Wacken Open Air 2004 on their official website:
Today there is a lot of tired and happy people out there. It's the same for us. We put a lot into preparing this show and the weekend itself was one facing many challenges of practical nature. But, the show went well and we were very proud to see how far this genre has come. How far? 43,000 people, they told us! INSANE. All there throughout the entire show, loud and proud. Perfectionists as we are, there were things that in the bigger picture is not important that we let get to us. Then we decided to go for a walk to talk to fans and press to see how they felt. It was such a good move because it helped put everything into perspective. People said they felt had witnessed a historical moment and that this would go down in history as a legendary concert. Thank you for reminding us about what is important! And thanks to Nocturno Culto for the strength put into the show and Zephyrous for helping create the right vibe in the hours before the show. Last salute goes out to the several hundred who lined up for the signing session with Frost, Nocturno Culto and Satyr.
Satyricon's set list for W:O:A 2004: More...
DARKTHRONE, as a compact ensemble, has not graced a stage since 1996. With brand new album Sardonic Wrath ready for next month's release,Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto will make a special appearance at Wacken this Saturday (August 7th), joining SATYRICON for an unprecedented half hour showcase of Darkthrone classics.
"Four years in a row, Wacken has asked us to headline," comments Nocturno Culto. "And four years in a row, we have turned their request down. It would have been too much for me and Fenriz to get a whole band together for one gig. The joint show with Satyricon is a more accessible format so we finally accepted. Plus, Wacken is a good festival and well organised. This would be a great opportunity to perform to a large audience and spread hatred for the human kind, especially the religious ones."
An alliance of titanic proportions for the genre, the Satyricon/Darkthrone joint show at Wacken will be a historical event and the last of its kind. "Anyone who knows their black metal is aware of Darkthrone's policy of not playing live," comments Satyricon's driving force, Satyr. "They've decided to do this special event and asked us to be a part of it and that is, of course, a great honour. We're also glad that this historical event has the approval of Fenriz and Zephyrous. Bonds between Satyricon and Darkthrone have always been extremely tight and this is a great way of showing it.”
As to whether a show of such proportions could produce pressure, Nocturno Culto replied, "It's a mixed bag. The ideal thing for me would be to fly by helicopter just before I am due to go on stage and then press an eject button to get myself back on the same helicopter right after the gig."
This, however, will not be the last live appearance by the guitarist/vocalist. "Even if Darkthrone are not actively playing live," conclude Nocturno Culto. "I will join another band or something in the future. We just have to see what happens."
Satyricon will kick off Saturday's headline show on Saturday, 7th August at midnight.
Darkthrone's new album, Sardonic Wrath, is out on September 6th.
Peaceville Records is extremely proud to announce a new collaboration with the Darkthrone members.
Following a road trip of English and Scottish medieval castles last year with the Peaceville crew, the two members of Darkthrone - Nocturno Culto and Fenriz - expressed an ambition to expand Darkthrone operations outside of the usual "album a year" format. With a keen musical ear and excellent positioning within the scene it seemed obvious that one way forward would be to launch their own designer label. Given that they don't have the time to run it on a day-to-day basis, the union with Peaceville was an obvious choice.
So, here we are, the label is set up and a signing has been made - Norway's Aura Noir.
Their label debut "The Merciless" (CDTyrant1) is a speedy head rush of old school thrash metal. The riffing will get under your skin and stay there.
Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone has this to say about the label:
Tyrant Syndicate Productions is a result of a collaboration with Peaceville on the one hand and Fenriz and myself on the other. The general running of the label has fallen on me, mostly as I'm much more involved in technology than Fenriz, and besides, I want to do it. When the Peaceville people were interested in setting up a label for us, our mind began to circle around what to do with what can be called our extended music-related freedom, and we soon had a plan.
We are aiming for exclusive releases only. We want high-credibility underground bands, both known and unknown. Time is working FOR US now, and we have all the time in the world. Tyrant Syndicate Prod. will prove to the metal community that we have the ability to release what is supreme metal. The first band we have signed is Aura Noir from Oslo, with their new album "The Merciless". This masterpiece will be an indication on the quality-level we are aiming for, and therefore it's our responsibility to follow things up after this release. Since our releases go through the usually Peaceville channels, the result will be a high-quality, well-distributed product that will have great impact wherever you can get these products. And luckily, there are still loads of great metal-acts left in the world....
President, Tyrant Syndicate
The label is currently in the process of setting up their own PO BOX for demo submissions. An announcement will be made in one month’s time with the address.
Moonfog Records has set a September 6 release date for the new Darkthrone album, "Sardonic Wrath." The follow-up to last year's "Hate Them" features cover artwork by Lorenzo Mariani (Marduk, Aborym) and contains the following track listing:
01. Information Wants To Be Syndicated (4:20)
02. Sjakk Matt Jesu Krist (4:03)
03. Straightening Sharks (3:26)
04. Alle Gegen Alle (3:21)
05. Mann Tanker Sitt (3:04)
06. God Of Doubt (4:33)
07. Silent Majority (3:56)
Norwegian Black metallers SATYRICON have announced they will be playing with DARKTHRONE's singer Nocturno Culto on Wacken Open Air:
"We will be headlining [Wacken Open Air] Saturday the 7th of August doing a special set where we will perform DARKTHRONE songs with their singer the last 30 minutes of our show. Anyone who knows their black metal is aware of DARKTHRONE's policy of not playing live. They've decided to do this special event and asked us to be a part of it and that is of course a great honour. We're also glad that this historical event has the approval of Fenriz and Zephyrous. Bonds between SATYRICON and DARKTHRONE have always been extremely tight and this is a great way of showing it. The thought of kicking into our opening song 'Walk The Path Of Sorrow' in front of 30-40.000 people makes the wait almost unbearable. Some of you have have been sending concerned e-mails asking what the festival means by using the phrasing 'last show forever' about our performance. We don't know WHAT THEY FUCK they are talking about and rest assured... SATYRICON is alive and kicking as ever before.
[Regarding another USA tour] No movement on the Frost [immigration] case. We've will be auditioning drummers in August. So far we've had no luck as some drummers we have contacted have schedules that doesn't allow them to tour with us or they turn out not to be good enough. We're hoping to return in Sep/Oct/Nov. So be patient, darkness always prevails."
Norwegian thrashers AURA NOIR will release their long-awaited new album, "Merciless", in late August on Tyrant Syndicate Records. Tyrant Syndicate Records is a new label started by Nocturno Culto of DARKTHRONE, and it is a division of Peaceville/Snapper Records.
The AURA NOIR album will be the first of several albums to be released under the Tyrant Syndicate Records banner, which will also handle all upcoming DARKTHRONE releases. Fenriz of DARKTHRONE and Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST will reportedly make guest appearances on the CD. Songtitles set to appear on "Merciless" include "Condor", "Hell's Fire" and "Black Metal Jaw".
A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special performance (in alphabetical order):
Apollyon (AURA NOIR)
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE)
Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR)
The Hole in the Sky organizers have "the utmost respect for all the musicians lending their valuable time to make this a memorable event in the memory of Quorthon and his work of brilliance," according to an official press release. A portion of the profits from the festival — which is scheduled to be held August 25-28, 2004 at three different venues in Bergen, Norway — will be donated to Black Mark Records, the label owned by Quorthon's father, Börje Forsberg.
Commented Samoth: "Needless to say, Quorthon and his mighty BATHORY had a huge impact on me as a musician and definitely sparked my fascination for black metal in the early days. It was sad to hear of his early death. Quorthon was already a legend for years, and left behind an epic testimony blood, fire and death! May he rule among the gods of Valhalla!"