New Album Old Star Is Out Today! 

Release Animated Video For Duke Of Gloat

The legendary Norwegian longstanding partnership of Fenriz and Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum, return with their first studio album since 2016’s hugely popular ‘Arctic Thunder’, in the shape of ‘Old Star’ released today via Peaceville Records.

The band have also released an animated clip featuring a new fate from Old Star album cover artist Chadwick Saint John

Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum comments "’Duke Of Gloat’ was the first I wrote for this album. I like my metal black, with a dose of heavy. Now with Old Star coming your way let me wish you all a sore neck!"

Watch it here!

Fenriz, speaking to Loudwire about the song cryptically said “I feel that the words and titles are everyone's property and they can analyse or feel it as they want. I will lead no way here! But when you see the lyrics you will know that it is probably not about a specific person (certainly not Newman from Seinfeld) but perhaps more of a fate or entity even."

Written: Ted Skjellum, Gylve Fenris Nagell

Published by: Vile Music

Too old to wring the secret from the master

The well you encountered as a child

Merely acknowledging the beacon now

And now you are not well any longer 

So this is the pact of the gloat

Double hell for all

All to repair and one to watch

No freedom in these domains 

Hail the satan

Sinister duke of gloat

Wrap up the wretched fates

Intriguing eternal laughter 


Of endless futile life toils

Shrapnel wounds

From shattered inner gargoyles 

So this is the pact of the gloat

Brave beating hearts, But

All must repair while one beholds

No freedom in these domains

Watch the first animated clip for The Hardship Of The Scots 

With a mastery and endless dedication to the art of the riff, the Norwegian legends cut through 6 new epic tracks, taking in the best of the old school of heavy & extreme metal plus a large dose of doom-laden riffing, & channelling it through the grime of the underground. 

 Old Star was recorded at the band’s Necrohell 2 Studios, with engineering and production duties carried out by vocalist/guitarist Nocturno Culto, complemented with a perfectly organic mix courtesy of Sanford Parker (Voivod) at Hypercube Studios, & mastered once more by Jack Control at Enormous Door.

The stellar cover artistry comes courtesy of Chadwick St John, titled “The Shepherd of the Deep”.

Over the course of 30 years, Norway’s Darkthrone has become a staple of the global black metal genre, forging a legacy as one of the most renowned and influential bands in its illustrious & often infamous history. 

In the formative years following their 1987 inception, Darkthrone initially started with a strong concoction of thrash & then death/doom metal experimentation, with broader musical influences spanning from the 60s to the 80s, before the debut album Soulside Journey was unleashed in 1991. 

Never ones to follow convention or stand still even then, the band soon embraced a much darker, more primitive form of expression with the now iconic second album A Blaze in the Northern Sky, & the rest became history.


1. I Muffle Your Inner Choir [06:26]

2. The Hardship Of The Scots [07:36]

3. Old Star [04:28]

4. Alp Man [05:27]

5. Duke Of Gloat [06:49]

6. The Key Is Inside The Wall [07:24]

Available formats, each comes with handwritten lyrics in the booklet or insert:

Black 180g vinyl LP

Ltd Edition 180g purple vinyl LP

Ltd Edition 180g green vinyl LP (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)
Ltd Edition 180g orange vinyl LP

Ltd Edition 7” vinyl box set – Old Star is presented on 3 coloured 7” (black, white, clear vinyl) (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)

Cassette (exclusively available at the Peaceville store)

Digital album (pre-orders receive “The Hardship Of The Scots” as an instant download)



Darkthrone are: 

Fenriz - drums, songwriting, lyrics

Nocturno Culto - strings & vocals, songwriting


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