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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Norwegian black metal duo was produced by Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum.
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  1. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Old Star sounds as new as it does born of another epoch, reminding us that though genres and scenes may change, the riff is eternal.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    80
    Even given all those evocations and tonal shifts, Old Star feels cohesive. That’s down to the assured musicianship and the precisely engineered sound the band has mastered.
  3. The Wire
    Jul 11, 2019
    80
    The music on Old Star is not black metal, stylistically speaking, but it nonetheless telegraphs Darkthrone’s cackling, sardonic grimness so as to transpose a blackened atmosphere into speed metal riff salad, epic/trad doom and frequent moments that call up Celtic Frost’s hallowed splicing of iron and velvet. [Aug 2019, p.64]
  4. Jul 11, 2019
    78
    This new album is in line with what fans of the band’s more recent (as in, post-2006) material have come to expect, but with a new twist—namely, the outsized impact that traditional doom bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus seem to have had on the songwriting. Darkthrone still stand firmly in the heavy metal (with a dash of punk) camp, but they’ve definitely got a soft spot for old-school gloom.