Eternal Hails is the latest offering from Darkthrone. The Norwegian duo of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto should need no introduction as pioneers of black metal. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this release is just for fans of black metal. They have, with their recent releases, continued to evolve into a band that shows the clear influences of old school heavy metal, doom and punk which is intertwined brilliantly with their black metal roots.
His Masters Voice is an epic 7:12 minute long track, which combines the familiar Darkthrone feeling with chilling and foreboding vocals, yet somehow there’s a liveliness to the track that adds to the dynamic. It twists and turns in the most interesting way, and could draw in listeners who are fans of many metal genres.
Hate Cloak has the coolest heavy metal intro, it then settles into a doomier riff, which is so heavy it weighs on your chest, all the while drawn into the discarnate vocals of Fenriz.
In contrast, Wake of the Awakened kicks you into gear with a vigorous tempo, coupled with an unmistakeably grim black metal riff and vocal style that leaves you in no doubt that you’re listening to icons of the black metal movement. Yet they have managed to cunningly sneak in small snippets of other influences into this track, just to ensure you are paying attention.
Each track is masterfully composed to interweave the diversity of styles into an album that intrigues and captivates. It’s as if Darkthrone have taken a cauldron full of black metal and simmered it slowly with their favourite metal influences. And the result is an album that rewards you with exactly that, a snapshot of some of the best metal genres. I would normally recommend an album for a particular group of fans, but in this case, this is one for all fans of metal.
Release Year: 2021
Reviewed by ForsakenMisery