Darkthrone are being pretty coy about the release of their upcoming 19th studio album Eternal Hails on June 25th via Peaceville Records and they’re only releasing ONE song to hype up the album, that song is called ‘Hate Cloak‘ and it’s been released today!
Drummer Fenriz spoke about the vintage doom metal offering and its length, revealing:
“Hate Cloak is certainly the slowest song on the album, there are plenty of “fast” parts on Ted’s songs, middle tempos and slow as well. The whole point of us having long songs is variation in tempos/pace, hence the epicness”
As it turns out, the appreciation for long, heavy tunes dated way back to the 70s with inspiration taken from some of the great bands of that time:
“When I was a kid growing up with metal I kept looking for bands with long songs. Black Sabbath had many, and Celtic Frost’s ‘Dawn Of Meggido’ had a long song, so I put that on in the record store and discovered another dimension of metal. Candlemass’ ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ had only long songs, so I think I bought that without even listening, and it was one of my best buys ever – an eternal inspiration for my entire career…”
It should be noted that since 2004 Darkthrone usually head into their own Necrohell II studio – a portable 8-track recorder housed in an old bomb shelter, but this time around they ventured into the infamous Chaka Khan Studio in Oslo for the very first time. Will this change the sound of the upcoming release? Well As Fenriz himself puts it:
“No matter what happens we will still sound like us, it seems!”
Bring on the heaviness.
Pre-Order Eternal Hails here
Darkthrone – Eternal Hails tracklisting
1. His Master`s Voice [07:17]
2. Hate Cloak [09:16]
3. Wake of the Awakened [08:24]
4. Voyage to a North Pole Adrift [09:24]
5. Lost Arcane City of Uppakra [07:02]