Posted by PeaceThroughAnarchy on 7th September, 2022 @ 18:17 UTCBy PeaceThroughAnarchy on 07-09-2022 @ 18:17 UTC

The new album will be titled "Astral Fortress", with a release scheduled for 28th October 2022, via Peaceville Records.

Darkthrone reveals details for their next album
Darkthrone reveals details for their next album

Norwegian Black Metal Legends Norway Darkthrone have just announced a new studio album, which will mark the band's 20th full-length studio record in a career spanning 36 years. The title of this album will be "Astral Fortress", and it will be released on 28th of October 2022 via Peaceville Records.

The band announced this album via the following Instagram/YouTube post featuring the founding member, Fenriz:


Fenriz elaborated on the process and significance of this album in an interview with Peaceville records themselves:

“As usual, Ted makes music by playing himself and riffs just come to me. I think since 2016’s ARCTIC THUNDER, we have mostly been inspired by our own back catalogue. I can hear many of my riffs eventually sounding like a plethora of bands but this seldom seems to correlate with what others hear. As you’ll know by now I never talk about the lyrics or the inspiration behind them and I would never want any lyrics that I like of others to be explained to me but I will tell you this, it is darker than ever, it is seething with hell.”

The label also commented the following in regards to the new album:

"Even though sprinkled with atmospheric touches such as synthesizers and mellotron on Astral Fortress to great effect, the Darkthrone sound remains stripped down to the core; always primitive and organic. Darkthrone has truly become its own beast within the metal world."

They also revealed the cover for this album. The artwork features a photo of Fenriz (most probably) skiing with a longsleeve T-shirt/hoodie of their iconic 5th album, "Panzerfaust":

Dt Astral Fortress

"Astral Fortress" features the following seven tracks:

  1. Caravan Of Broken Ghosts
  2. Impeccable Caverns Of Satan
  3. Stalagmite Necklace
  4. The Sea Beneath The Seas Of The Sea
  5. Kevorkian Times
  6. Kolbotn, West Of The Vast Forests
  7. Eon 2

The upcoming album was recorded at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, the same location used for their previous album, "Eternal Hails", back in 2021, and will be available in the following formats:

  • Limited Edition Deluxe boxed edition: includes Astral Fortress on CD, an exclusive clear vinyl LP & cassette, printed letter from Fenriz and exclusive art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box
  • Limited edition curacao blue coloured LP – exclusively available through the Peaceville stores
  • CD
  • LP
  • Digital
  • Plus other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in stores across the world – gold, white, yellow, green, purple and silver... a collectors dream... if you can find them!

Pre-orders for this albums will begin on Thursday 8th September on the official Peaceville website. Stay tuned for more updates.

Last edited by Imperator on 7th September, 2022 @ 19:02 UTC

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Wow, wasn't expecting a new album that soon. Looking forward to it, and at least this time I will know to expect something a bit slower and doomier.

yep, i was shocked as well. our bois have been really productive lately!
even a doomier or even a poppy effort will be exciting for me. it's fuckin Darkthrone man

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