A new album from Darkthrone is always a special occasion. Recently I was watching Behemoth at King John’s Castle in Limerick when a friend enthused about ‘Old Star’: the look in her eyes of happiness said more than any words can about the quality of this album.
Indeed, ‘Old Star’ is up there, to me, with ‘The Cult Is Alive’ and ‘The Underground Resistance’; yes, it is that good! ‘The Hardship of the Scots’ features one of the best metal riffs ever, while the title track is an instant classic.
The cover artwork is amazing too, I have already purchased a t-shirt of it.
What makes ‘Old Star’, and all Darkthrone albums, special, is its sincerity. Like Motorhead and Iron Maiden, Darkthrone are a people’s band: they love their metal, which is how it should be!