• Tue. May 28th, 2024

DARKTHRONE Release “Black Dawn Affiliation,” Only Track To Be Released From ‘It Beckons Us All,’ Ahead Of The New Album Launch On April 26th

  • The Digital Version Of ‘It Beckons Us All’ Is Now Available To Pre-Order

With the highly anticipated launch of the new album ‘It Beckons Us All’ from the Norwegian black metal pioneers just two weeks away, Darkthrone have offered fans a glimpse of what is to come with the release of the track “Black Dawn Affiliation.”

The single release is accompanied by an animation created by Matthew Vickerstaff .


Fenriz comments of the song’s creation, “Nocturno Culto sculpted BLACK DAWN AFFILIATION and as much as I writhe in woe trying to describe riffs I did not make, we are certainly rocking hard and dark around a dungeon of slow Kreator 1986-era riffs (think Awakening Of The Gods or Take Their Lives from the FLAG OF HATE 12”).

The song is linearly constructed, which is bold for a single but we often write this way. One could say it is a two-pronged beast which after the intermission (filled with a choir of the damned that we sung ourselves, believe it or not: “Aaaaaa.”) continues with my favourite riff in the song since I first heard it appear early in the second part and it is there that I was given the reins to let the halls and chambers of stardust levitate with unearthly synth and a voice that still today, when writing this, strikes me as being influenced by the first rock album I heard back in 1973 – Morrison Hotel. Lyrics darker and more disturbed than ever solidify these halls now.”

Nocturno Culto adds “It is not easy to describe the music you make, but for sure I will try…it´s heavy! Everything worked out as I hoped for this track. Some things are just forged in the studio, like as Fenriz´s excellent vocals at the end of the song; and the choir I wanted. Instead of just taking shortcuts, Fenriz and I recorded three vocal tracks each, and it was brilliantly mixed by Silje at Chaka Khan. There are many things one can say about riffs, but I make songs from a combination of a very methodical approach and happy accidents! And somewhere in the back of my head, it´s most likely there is something affecting a lot of my decisions on little details that shapes the riffing.”

And now, we must await…we must count down the days until It Beckons Us All, Darkthrone’s new masterpiece, is unleashed in full.

It Beckons Us All tracklisting

  1. Howling Primitive Colonies [06:30]
  2. Eon 3 [05:43]
  3. Black Dawn Affiliation [06:11]
  4. And In That Moment I Knew The Answer [03:17]
  5. The Bird People Of Nordland [07:27]
  6. The Heavy Hand [04:18]
  7. The Lone Pines Of The Lost Planet [10:03]

It Beckons Us All is available on the following formats and pre-orders are live NOW! https://darkthrone.lnk.to/beckons

  • Limited Edition Deluxe boxed edition: includes It Beckons Us All on CD, an exclusive corona vinyl LP & cassette and art prints all housed in a heavy duty lift off lid box
  • Limited edition ‘Fenriz’ edition LP on blue marble coloured vinyl– exclusively available through the Peaceville stores
  • Limited edition ‘Nocturno Culto’ edition LP on grey marble coloured vinyl–available through the Peaceville stores
  • CD
  • LP
  • Digital Pre-save/Pre-add including Bandcamp available here
  • Plus other limited edition coloured vinyl LPs are available in stores across the world – cream white, crystal clear, petrol and .. a collectors dream .. if you can find them!

An introduction from Fenriz

Watch the “It Beckons Us All” trailer

Nocturno Culto photos courtesy of Peer Olav Kittilsen

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**Editors Note**
Darkthrone are not a touring band anymore, and they haven’t toured since the late 90’s. Their main goal on this journey is to create and leave behind full length albums for their fans.

By Courtney Ware

Lead photographer, art director, editor, and writer. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Avid music lover, but favorites include thrash metal, deathcore, metalcore, and post hardcore. - Photography is my passion, and I've carried cameras around for as long as I can remember. I endlessly strive for the constant growth and capabilities this medium can offer. Nothing makes me happier than capturing emotions that I see, and sharing my knowledge in how I did it. - I have an undying love for my local music scene, having been a part of it since my teens.

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