Darkthrone have announced that they will be releasing their 16th studio album, titled Arctic Thunder, on October 14th through Peaceville Records. While vocal duties are genearlly split between drummer Fenriz (real name Gylve Nagell) and guitarist Nocturno Culto (real name Ted Skjellum), all vocals on the new record will be handles by Culto. In a statement posted to the group’s Facebook, Fenriz states:
“Hi folks, it’s time to talk a bit about our new album – and as I don’t like to talk or write about music much I can say that it is more serious and primitive than usual. Vocals are only done by Ted as I thought this would create a more solemn/introvert atmosphere. The album is called ARCTIC THUNDER because it is my fave bandname (old mega-obscure Norwegian band from the 80s that I asked the permission from to use as an album title). Meanwhile here is the cover, it is from the personal camping archives from a trip some years ago to SPÅLSBERGET in Nordmarka. IT has the usual spruce-tree skyline and also a bonfire – there will be another limited colour version with orange logo and title, because that was MY favourite colour, but the usual release looks like this in silver – as this was Ted’s favourite version.”
Arctic Thunder was mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering. The cover art has also been revealed and can be found below.