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WINTER'S TALE

FANS CRASHED THEIR WEBSITE WHEN NORWAY’S MOST REVERED METAL DUO POSTED A PRE-ORDER UP FOR ‘ARTIC THUNDER’ – SUCH WAS THE EXCITEMENT THAT DARKTHRONE’S NEW ALBUM WAS FINALLY BEING UNLEASHED, AND WE UNDERSTAND WHY COMPLETELY! TERRORIZER SPOKE TO GYLVE ‘FENRIZ’ NAGELL AND TED ‘NOCTURNO CULTO’ SKJELLUM ABOUT THE CREATION OF ALBUM NUMBER SEVENTEEN…

Don’t you wish there were more bands like Darkthrone? Seriously, think about it, even if you’re one of those still pining for another blaze in the northern sky, put that aside for a second and think about what the duo of Gylve “Fenriz“ Nagell and Ted “Nocturno Culto” Skjellum really mean to metal. If a band was ever true to metal, to extreme music as a whole, that band is Darkthrone. Completely, unashamedly free, they do what they want, how they want, when they want, and have never, ever cracked beneath any pressure, expectation or fan entitlement syndrome, a condition they have experienced probably more than any other metal band of our time. These two men have real character, it shines through in the music they do together, keeping their individuality while at the same time creating a unique fusion of very different personalities. The hyper-opinionated, super enthusiastic complete music freak who knows every demo from every obscure metal band of the ’80s, and the quieter, seemingly impenetrable iceman who is the only person alive capable of out-Frosting Tom G. himself – how can you beat that? You can’t make that shit up even if you tried. And we are privileged to live in a time when we’ve witnessed this band put out seventeen (count them – and include ‘Goatlord’, because Fenriz does: “We always count it, we worked damn hard on it!”) fulllength records, among them some of the best black metal albums ever, and some of the best death metal albums ever… some of the best metal albums ever, full stop. Come on, admit it, how many other bands do you know that would still get you all excited for the release of their seventeeth studio album?

That’s what ‘Arctic Thunder’ is, and while it follows a recent lineage of boisterous, almost celebratory albums, it seems to be the one that breaks the streak, and which consequently inspires fewer words from its creators.

“It’s always difficult to say something about our albums, but one thing that is pretty obvious is that this one is more sinister than the last ones,” Ted ventures, to start off. “It’s darker, and also for the first time in many years I’m doing all the vocals on the entire album. When I became aware that I was going to do all the vocals, I thought that I had to do a lot of things right in the sense of having to go all in, to adjust to the darker, more black metal kind of vibe. But then again, you can always ask what is black metal, so…” he trails off and everybody lets out a groany laugh, signalling that we’ve all been down that road too many times and we’d all rather not do it again.

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It’s always a pleasure to feature Darkthrone on the cover of Terrorizer. They are a truly reliable band that not only continue to deliver utterly awesome songs, but fly the flag for the metal underground. New album ‘Artic Thunder’ doesn’t disappoint and we hope you’ll enjoy our cover feature as much as I enjoyed reading it when it landed in my inbox. September is always a time when the music industry recovers from the summer festivals and starts to look forward to closure on the year, and believe it or not, start to think about 2017 and next year’s releases. On the horizon there’s new albums from a newly reformed The Obsessed and Obituary just to whet your appetite already. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Celtic Frost’s ‘Into The Pandemonium’, so I hope to see some kind of reissue. Noise/Tom G – if you’re reading! In the meantime, the rest of the year will see an awesome line-up at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds and a fuck load more releases to look forward to – including amazing albums by Venom Prison, 40 Watt Sun, Lucifer’s Chalice and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to name just a few. I’ve also just finished reading former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan’s biography which is utterly fantastic. It’s out at the end of this month, we’ll be bringing you an interview next issue...
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