Darkthrone original sees the light of day

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Peaceville Records have announced the release of Darkthrone’s ‘Goatlord: Original’ on 10 February.

Goatlord was the title of what was to originally be Darkthrone’s second album, however, Darkthrone’s focus shifted towards black metal and a more primitive style of composition & so the album was shelved, while work commenced on what was to be the Norwegian black metal milestone, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, which incorporated some parts from the Goatlord tracks.

‘Goatlord: Original’ contains these cult tracks in their original instrumental form, recorded in the band’s rehearsal space with the classic line-up of Gylve ‘Fenris’ Nagell on drums, Nocturno Culto on lead guitar, Ivar Enger on rhythm guitar and Dag Nilsen on bass.

Pre-orders are available now at https://darkthrone.lnk.to/goatlord    

Darkthrone began life in the late 80s, experimenting with thrash, death & doom metal before eventually delving into the black metal genre & becoming synonymous with the style as one of the most highly regarded acts.

Goatlord was the title of what was to originally be Darkthrone’s second album. The style followed very much in the vein of debut, ‘Soulside Journey’, with a mid-paced melodic, yet technical, death metal style. After the full completion of the tracks, however, Darkthrone’s focus shifted towards black metal and a more primitive style of composition & so the album was shelved, while work commenced on what was to be the Norwegian black metal milestone, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, which incorporated some parts from the ‘Goatlord’ tracks.

‘Goatlord: Original’ contains these cult tracks in their original instrumental form, recorded in the band’s rehearsal space (vocals were added in the mid-90’s before an official release came through Moonfog Productions in 1996).

Taken from Fenriz’s original tape source and transferred/mastered by Patrick Engel at Temple of Disharmony, this is the pinnacle of Darkthrone’s more death/doom metal oriented direction before the transition towards black metal infamy. Featuring intricate arrangements, sombre melodies and a truly distinguishable style overall, ‘Goatlord: Original’ represents a band performing well in advance of its young age.

‘Goatlord: Original’ tracklisting

  1. Phantasm [04:09]
  2. Hearses [02:46]
  3. Possessed [04:37]
  4. Below [04:03]
  5. Blasphemer [04:56]
  6. Rise [03:55]
  7. Eclipse [03:51]
  8. Wings [03:50]
  9. Wolf [03:47]
  10. A Blaze In The Northern Sky [04:48]
  11. Trident [04:06]

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