Old Star Darkthrone
- 1I Muffle Your Inner Choir06:25
- 2The Hardship of the Scots07:35
- 3Old Star04:27
- 4Alp Man05:27
- 5Duke of Gloat06:49
- 6The Key is Inside the Wall07:22
Info for Old Star
Norwegian black metal legends Darkthrone are back with a brand new record titled Old Star.
“‘Old Star‘ – again we are here with THE RIFFS! A while after our previous ‘Arctic Thunder‘ album it became apparent that we would continue in that same style, BLACK OLD HEAVY METAL with slow thrash, classic doom and slow death metal.
As many have focused on the 70s sound over the last 20 years, the mix on our new album has ended up being more 80s than ever. The songs are more metal than ever! Ted‘s songs have alot of black metal in them, faster and slower but also doomier parts and reoccurring parts. My songs are more linear written, it’s an ancient 80s underground trick, with breaks, all slow heavy or slow thrash, classic doom or slow death.
All in all it is our most 80s album so far and our most metal one to date with drum sound typical for the 80s USA/German market and damned lyrics, which are all written by me. We feel that ‘Old Star‘ is the big brother of ‘Arctic Thunder‘. More solid and with even better riffs.”
Recording sessions took place at the band’s own Necrohell 2 Studios with the band’s own Nocturno Culto taking on the production and engineering duties. Sanford Parker (YOB, Minsk) mixed the outing.
Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell, drums
Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum, guitar, bass, vocals
was formed as 'Black Death' in 1986 by Gylve Nagell, Ted Skjellum, Ivar Enger and Dag Nilsen.
During the first years they played Death Metal with satanic lyrics. In 1988 they changed their band name to 'Darkthrone' and after releasing a couple of demos they recorded their first full-length album: Soulside Journey, which was released on Peaceville.
After the release of Soulside Journey they recorded Goatlord, but this masterpiece was not released before November 1996. Dag Nilsen left the band.
Darkthrone now left the Death Metal concept in advantage for the cold northern Black Metal. They was also heavily influenced by Celtic Frost (which become very clear when listening to Panzerfaust). This ment changing their image: corpsepaint and aliases! Gylve Nagell became Fenriz, Ted Skjellum became Nocturno Culto and Ivar Enger became Zephyrous.
In August 1991 Darkthrone went into Creative Studios to record A Blaze In The Northern Sky. They used several hours setting the sound to get it as hard, ugly and cold as possible, and since they knew what they where doing it ended up sounding great. It was this album which truely set the standard for the Northern Black Metal style. After this release Darkthrone more or less withdrew from the scene. The albums Transilvanian Hunger and Panzerfaust were recorded in their own studio; Necrohell Studios - which was a 4 track portastudio, too get that fine sound.
Darkthrone stayed on Peaceville for a total of four albums, then they went to Moonfog. This was done because they wanted to work with norwegians only. Zephyrous disappeared after the Panzerfaust album, but he neither quit or was fired. Fenriz claims that neither he or Nocturno Culto has heard anything from Zephyrous since the recording of Panzerfaust.
This album contains no booklet.