Darkthrone’s 14th album, a perfect fusion of blackened rock, metal and punk was originally released in 2008. ‘Dark Thrones & Black Flags’ was a continuation of the Darkthrone sound, style and uncompromising attitude witnessed on the acclaimed 2007 album F.O.A.D & taken to the next level.

Dark Thrones & Black Flags is equal parts Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. The duo share song-writing and vocal duties throughout the release (with some surprising results) and further perfect the art of “the riff”. A mastery of both composition & pure organic sound is also evident on possibly their strongest release of recent times, an album of stripped down, dirty metal.

Recorded and produced by the band themselves at Necrohell II studios, Norway, Dark Thrones & Black Flags is an exercise in pushing the conventions of the narrow perception of what should make black metal, becoming more timeless and faithful to its spirit than most could ever wish for in the process.

Artwork appears courtesy of Dennis Dread, featuring the band’s then-mascot, ‘Mr Necro’.

(Peaceville Records)