Jul 142012

Yesterday I started putting up short posts during brief windows of time permitted by my fucking day job, just trying to spread the word, for your entertainment and edification, about new videos, new music, and news that I’d seen yesterday. I got two of those posts up on the site and ran out of time before I could finish the third one. So here it is, a day late but no dollars short.


I saw on the Terrorizer web site that this Norwegian duo have finished recording their next album, the first one since 2010’s Circle the Wagons, and that it’s scheduled for release later this year. You can bet that it will make waves and draw lots of attention, because it’s Darkthrone. What I wouldn’t venture to predict is what it will sound like, except it won’t be black metal, because Fenriz has kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about the band’s musical roots. The Terrorizer report did quote guitarist/vocalist Nocturno Culto, as follows:

“The album will be called The Underground Resistance. I can’t speak for Fenriz, but I think he’s going for more epic lyrics. I can only speak for myself and this time around they are very personal lyrics. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried this and it’s difficult to do it nicely and put it into good words. There was a lot of hate and people trying to ruin your day and I had stuff to say for my sake.”

Of the album, he adds: “Our music now is basically just metal, it will be a step away from the last album as usual.” Yup.

While I’m on the subject of Darkthrone, I’ll mention that the Peaceville label has re-issued the band’s 2001 album Plaguewielder as a special 2-CD set, with the second CD consisting of lengthy track-by-track commentary from Fenriz. It also includes new cover artwork by the amazing Zbigniew M. Bielak, which is right after the jump, big as life.

And for musical accompaniment to this blurb, I feel like playing a song from Plaguewielder, but not because the next album will sound anything like this.


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/06-Wreak.mp3|titles=Darkthrone – Wreak]

Next,let’s turn our attention to Finland . . .


This tidbit went up on Omnium Gatherum’s Facebook page yesterday: “The OG album v6.66 recordings began yesterday at Nordic Audio Labs studio in Vaasa Finland! For now there’s already drum tracks ready for 10 OG songs and 1 cover song.”

This is following pretty closely on the heels of 2011’s New World Shadows, and therefore comes as a very pleasant surprise, because I just fuckin’ love this band. As a reminder of why, here’s this:

“New World Shadows”

[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/03-New-World-Shadows.mp3|titles=Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows]

And now, time to thrash . . .


Testament’s next release is called Dark Roots of Earth. It’s due for release on July 31 from Nuclear Blast Records. We previously featured a song from the album by the name of “True American Hate”. Yesterday, thanks to a tip from TheMadIsraeli, I discovered that Nuclear Blast began streaming a second track, “Native Blood”, on a page where pre-orders can be placed (here). One of the bundles includes a very sweet-looking t-shirt plus a double LP vinyl edition of the album. I’m tempted by that offer despite the fact that I still haven’t bought a fuckin’ turntable.

The new song is sweet, too. Here it is, along with that first track:

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[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/50850539″ iframe=”true” /]


On July 5, I included this band in a MISCELLANY post because I was attracted by the fine cover art for their new album (their first in six years), Vessels of Light and Decay, which Profound Lore will be releasing on September 13. At that point, I had no music from the new album to share, so instead I played a motherfucking crusher of a song from their debut album.

But yesterday, Profound Lore began streaming a track from the new release called “Vanished Is the Haze”. It’s a monster of doom/death monstrousness. Here it is:



  1. Pumped for Testament! That album is gonna rule…

  2. Here’s a bit of an update on the Darkthrone album — a note on Darkthrone’s Facebook page today: “Album soon complete, some vocals and solo guitars gonna hit the tape the next few days. The Underground Resistance will knock on your door early next year. Some photos will be added now from the last studio session.” Those photos are up now, too:


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