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A couple months back, Darkthrone announced the impending release of their 19th album, Eternal Hails. The Norwegian black metal icons have been shifting away from their exact Nineties sound for years now, and this record marked yet another detour, this time into doomier territory. Today (June 3rd), the band have unveiled the first and only single from the album, and it's a nine-minute epic called "Hate Cloak" that definitely keeps things low and slow.
As opposed to the blackened crust sound Darkthrone have been tinkering with throughout the last decade, "Hate Cloak" is planted firmly in the Sabbathian lexicon: fat riffs, smokey fuzz, a lurching groove and deep-throated croaks from vocalist Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum. It's still unmistakably Darkthrone, but the song's measured pacing allows every instrument to breath and expand, creating a robust soundscape despite the song's lack of black metal noisiness. Listen above via YouTube.
"'Hate Cloak' is certainly the slowest song on the album," Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell, who wrote this track, said in a statement. "There are plenty of 'fast' parts on Ted's songs, middle tempos and slow as well. The whole point of us having long songs is variation in tempos/pace, hence the epicness."
Eternal Hails is due out June 25th via Peaceville Records. Our shop is the only place in North America to buy the record's 180g "oxblood" variant, so grab yours here before they're gone.