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Darkthrone - Astral Fortress



7.5 | 122 votes |
Release date: 28 October 2022
Style: Black metal, Crust punk , Heavy metal

Owners:

35 have it
11 want it


01. Caravan Of Broken Ghosts
02. Impeccable Caverns Of Satan
03. Stalagmite Necklace
04. The Sea Beneath The Seas Of The Sea
05. Kevorkian Times
06. Kolbotn, West Of The Vast Forests
07. Eon 2

Line-up
Ted Arvid Skjellum - bass, guitars, vocals, mellotron
Leif Gylve Nagell - drums, synthesizers

Additional info
Released via Peaceville Records

Recorded at Chaka Khan Studios in Oslo, Norway.

Staff review by
AndyMetalFreak
Rating:
7.7
So another year, meaning for us another Darkthrone album. This is not necessarily a bad thing I suppose, as this band have a fairly impressive and consistent discography to date, minus a few hiccups along the way. How does this latest release Astral Fortress fare amongst the others?

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published 31.10.2022 | Comments (16)

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07.09.2022 - 18:37
Best cover ever
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07.09.2022 - 18:46
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
This artwork pissed Maco off.
Therefore it is great.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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07.09.2022 - 18:52
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by X-Ray Rod on 07.09.2022 at 18:46

This artwork pissed Maco off.
Therefore it is great.


Now its official he has drowned under ice
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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07.09.2022 - 20:16
A Real Monkey

I love that Darkthrone are in pure IDGAF Mode nowadays.
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"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
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07.09.2022 - 20:19
Rating: 6
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by A Real Monkey on 07.09.2022 at 20:16

I love that Darkthrone are in pure IDGAF Mode nowadays.

You can tell by how little effort they put into their music
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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07.09.2022 - 20:30
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
The bloke is wearing a Panzerfaust album cover on the back of his hoodie, so is this suppose to suggest to us an album of similar style or influence? or maybe it's no significance whatsoever
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08.09.2022 - 22:24
nephilim80

Nah its more like a "buy our merch or die in the permafrost"
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09.09.2022 - 01:15
Rating: 10
pandrstudios

Written by A Real Monkey on 07.09.2022 at 20:16

I love that Darkthrone are in pure IDGAF Mode nowadays.

And this exactly is what I respect and love this band for, you never know what to expect from these guys, but somehow they always manage to positively surprise me with each record. I know many people can't resonante with their new stuff anymore, but especially the last 5 records are an amazing mix of Heavy, Doom and Black Metal, living and honouring the old spirit.
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09.09.2022 - 11:51
Rating: 7
gavdann

Written by RaduP on 07.09.2022 at 20:19

Written by A Real Monkey on 07.09.2022 at 20:16

I love that Darkthrone are in pure IDGAF Mode nowadays.

You can tell by how little effort they put into their music

I love their last three albums so they're doing something right.

They don't tour, all Fenriz appears to do is drink beer, listen to metal and write music! (I'm probably doing him an injustice by saying that but I get the impression he has quite a lot of spare time on his hands).
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09.09.2022 - 11:57
Rating: 6
M C Vice
ex-polydactyl
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 07.09.2022 at 20:30

The bloke is wearing a Panzerfaust album cover on the back of his hoodie, so is this suppose to suggest to us an album of similar style or influence? or maybe it's no significance whatsoever

Oh, god, I hope it doesn't sound like Panzerfaust.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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11.09.2022 - 08:59
Cover art is cringe 😂😂 however if it sounds like Panzerfaust, I’ll be extremely glad
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17.09.2022 - 00:49
Rating: 8
Archie 666

Pre-ordered it just for the cover. Sue me.
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30.10.2022 - 15:16
Vombatus
Potorro
Best tracks are the first and last (that intro!) which gives a positive impression to another mixed bag. Impeccable Caverns and Stalagmite have really weak riffs, which I wouldn't expect on a DT album.
Interesting to see more use of synths and even an interlude.
Overall a bit subpar, especially after the greatly enjoyable Old Star and Eternal Hails.
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31.10.2022 - 00:07
Rating: 7
Nightmare^

Never been a huge fan of DT, but I really appreciate their weird mix of musical styles and diversity in their riffs.

This new album is pretty decent, I kinda enjoy it. But. BUT: THIS COVER. It's beyond amazing.

I'm buying it on Vinyl and I don't even own a record player.
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31.10.2022 - 15:56
Rating: 7
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
This is my first time listening to a Darkthrone album that isn't from their early 90s era. I like it! The riffs are really interesting - like on the songs "Stalagmite Necklace" and "Kevorkian Times". I guess I've got to listen to more of their recent albums
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01.11.2022 - 10:06
Rating: 7
gavdann

Another great album for me. I like this one almost as much as Old Star.
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01.11.2022 - 10:28
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by gavdann on 01.11.2022 at 10:06

Another great album for me. I like this one almost as much as Old Star.

For me personally I would put this on par with Old Star and slightly ahead of Eternal Hails. I've not heard Old Star for some time though, but I fo remember enjoying it, and it having some really good riffs.
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01.11.2022 - 14:36
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Fenriz's vocals still blow, but some of the songs are fun. Really gives me "local band" vibes.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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07.11.2022 - 11:26
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
It's raw unpolished primitive crust puk, rock, metal go and d figure out this genre is. Each album new vibes old vibes rawness and so good composition that it's just drums and primitive guitar riffs and some drink boy lyrics. I like it, rare album whit so called raw sound i like. But it's not so raw because studio work is good.
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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11.11.2022 - 15:34
Rating: 8
Ball Fondlers

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.11.2022 at 14:36

Fenriz's vocals still blow, but some of the songs are fun. Really gives me "local band" vibes.

what's that, the "The Sea Beneath The Seas Of The Sea" bit?
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