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Darkthrone – Old Star review

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For the review of Darkthrone’s new album, Old Star, we decided to try something different at The Metal Wanderlust and get more than one staff member writing about it. Here are my thoughts on the album

Let me start by saying that I am partial to Darkthrone’s music starting from The Cult is Alive. Many pioneering metal bands have fallen into the trap of giving into the current trends and altering their sound, I’m glad that Darkthrone have not done so. The band decided not to care about their reputation as black metal legends and make music that they wanted.

On Old star, their now signature black and roll sound is still intact. Alp Man was one of the stand out tracks for me. Another being Duke of Gloat. Both songs have crushing riffs. The band continue to remain uncompromising in their sound and the production is raw, which will appeal to their casual fans and hardcore ones alike. The album will definitely be part of my “Best of” list at the end of the year.

Read what rest of the TMW staff thought of the album here

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June 24, 2019 at 9:00 am


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Satyricon are legends in the black metal scene. Their contribution to the black metal scene not just in Norway but its significance worldwide is undeniable. This year marks the 20th anniversary of their third album ‘Nemesis Divina’.


As a young metal head listening to Satyricon over a decade ago, I no idea that I would interview the band. I spoke to drummer FROST about ‘Nemesis Divina’, their shows in India, and also their upcoming albums. Read the interview on Transcending Obscurity

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June 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm


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The past few years have been a great time to be a metalhead in India. Starting with Iron Maiden in 2007 to Dark Tranquility, Textures and Skindred last year, some of the biggest names in metal have performed in the country recently.

This weekend will see Norwegian death metal band Obliteration headline the first edition of the The Inferno metal festival India organized by Rock Street Journal along with Concert Norway. Their latest album Black Death Horizon has been described by Fenriz (from Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone) as “A brand new old organic sounding death metal masterpiece.”

I spoke to their frontman Sindre Solem about the first gig in India and also about the recently released album ‘Black Death Horizon‘. Read my interview with Sindre below


“It feels great. I have never been to that part of the world before, and I’m very excited to see and feel India,” Sindre Solem frontman of Obliteration told us. “I’ve heard from other Norwegian bands that have played there that it is extremely cool and insane, so we can’t wait to take part in the madness.” The quartet from Kolbotn, Norway also features Arlid Myren Torp on guitars, Didrik Telle on bass and Kristian Valbo on drums. “The album (Black Death Horizon) is a very organic album, it’s raw, dark and gloomy,” said Sindre about the band’s November 2013 release. “When we wrote the album, we tried to focus on the atmospheres in the lyrics and create different moods and atmospheres with the riffs, we tried to NOT be inspired by a certain band, etc. I think this album is much more vile and uncontrollable than anything we have done before, and the energies that are circulation within the music really comes forth. Dirge Rep (Orcustus, ex-Enslaved, Nettlecarrier) wrote the lyrics for the song ‘Sepulchral Rites’ and Afgrundsprofet from One Tail One Head does some guest vocals on the ‘Goat Skull Crown’ track.”


There’s a glaring four-year gap between Black Death Machine and the last Obliteration record Nekropsalms. “It took a while, but the first period when we tried to write the record, the feeling within the band wasn’t that good, we were not that inspired,” explained Sindre of the lull between albums. “We had spent 2010 and parts of 2011 on playing a lot live with Obliteration, so I guess we needed a break. Arild and I started to write the Nekromantheon album, Rise, Vulcan Spectre and Kristian joined AURA NOIR. So we were busy on other projects for a while. But sometime in 2012, we got the energy, atmosphere and will to create something good with Obliteration again, so it did not take THAT long time when we first got into the right mindset and had the inspiration there.”

Black Death Horizon was recorded at the band’s own studio KickArse Studio. On their approach to recording their music, “Well, we have done two Obliteration albums and two Nekromantheon albums there now, plus some splits, bonus tracks, etc. The process is pretty similar to the last times, we just record fast, and with no tricks or bullshit.” Sindre continues, “We just mic up the amps and drums and tune them to make them sound as good as possible. We try to use as few takes as possible to keep the raw and spontaneous feeling. Doing it like this keeps the recordings alive and dynamic in my opinion. We recorded the album in a week, and mixed it in different sessions in the weeks after. Fast and deadly. We are mixing and recording ourselves also, so we are 100 percent in control of our product.”

Sindre and Arlid Myren Torp are also part of thrash metal band Nekromantheon who will play alongside Obliteration at the the Inferno Metal Festival in India this weekend. Post their performance in India, Obliteration will be touring USA in March which includes a performance at Relapse Records’ showcase at SXSW. “We will focus on festivals and also start to write a new Nekromantheon album, so who knows,” says Sindre.

Listen to the title track off Black Death Horizon below

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February 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm