Darkthrone   Astral Fortress
3.5
great
Release Date: 2022
Tracklist

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0.0 Gene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | September 26th 22

here are some pictures from our skiing trip, we also recorded an album in our airbnb

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3.0 goodMitch | December 7th 22

Darkthrone are back, and more okay than ever.

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3.0 goodBedex | October 30th 22

Kind of like with the previous album, Spacethrone is a concept with sooo much potential that is only sparsely touched here, and this ends up leaving me with a feeling of frustration, moreso than with Eternal Hails even as the synthy touches seem even rarer here. Darkthrone go to doom tempos, and this gives a good feel of frost to the music - which nicely works when it is atmospheric. Aside from the vocals which are frankly unconvincing to me, I kind of dug 1 because of this. It reminds me of Agalloch in places I confess. But then the album very quickly strips its atmosphere and goes to bare bones riff+bass+drums, which combined to the slow tempo really does not make me all that excited. 2-5 are pretty much all like this, except when the rare synth touches come on 3 and 4, which is reliably my favourite moment of the track but are just too sparse. 6 breaks things with a cool weird interlude, and 7 has the best intro here, starting on a frost ambience before converting to some kind of heavy metal with an outstanding transition. When it unfolds, it goes back to the barer sound, so it kinda meh's me, but it does come back to atmsophere quickly for a while. Some more of that, then the album ends, just like that. 3.2

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1.5 very poorWatchuu lookin at? | June 11th 23

eon 2 is the only decent track

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4.5 superbSpideryMan | November 1st 22

This is a good blackened doom metal album with a jammy atmosphere complimented by great (clearly seasoned) vocals that just barely growl enough to be ghostly and sinister, but present. It isn't like eternal hails, has more of a higher end and also less of the muffled sabbathian stylings it had. I'd compare certain tracks more to progressive rock with tracks like "Impeccable caverns of satan" having a near rush influenced jaunt at times. Bare in mind however that none of this is being accomplished by removing the blackened crust that Dark Throne has accumulated over time. Pretty great stuff.

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3.6 greatErwann S. STAFF | October 29th 22

The 'throne duo continues with the brand they've been doing the past few years: blackened doom with classic heavy touches here and there. They feature some nice lil additions, like acoustic guitar, or whatever that effect thang is on "The Sea Beneath the Seas of the Sea" (lel). They just makin' sure nobody argues they're the best long-running bm band.

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4.5 superbrage11111ro | October 29th 22

Rating this at 4 is showing that I do
not learn from my mistakes. I had to
bump up the previous 2 albums multiple
times, will probably do the same here ..

Edit: of course I cannot listen to
anything else..switched up to 4.5

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