Black metal's nihilistic duo destructors Darkthrone announces their 1990 "Goatlord" demo album remastered release on February 10, 2023, via Peaceville Records.
Recorded in late 1990 and early 1991 as an instrumental rehearsal tape, "Goatlord" was scrapped when Fenriz and Nocturno Culto changed their style from death metal to black metal in favor of the "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" album.
In 2023, the metalhead legends are ready to provide their supporters maximum value with an iconic GOATED album.
Darkthrone posted. "The intended second album of technical death/doom metal from the Norwegian legends in its original form on CD & LP"
They added. "'Goatlord' was the title of what was to originally be Darkthrone's second album." They said. "The style followed very much in the vein of debut, 'Soulside Journey', with a mid-paced melodic, yet technical, death metal style."
"After the full completion of the tracks, however, focus shifted towards black metal and a more primitive style of composition and so the album was shelved, while work commenced on what was to be a black metal milestone, 'A Blaze in the Northern Sky', which incorporated some parts from the 'Goatlord' tracks," they said.
The band explained. "'Goatlord: Original' contains these cult tracks in their original instrumental form, recorded in the band's rehearsal space (vocals were added in the mid-90's before an official release came through Moonfog Productions in 1996), with the classic line-up of Gylve' Fenris' Nagell on drums, Nocturno Culto on lead guitar, Ivar Enger on Rhythm guitar, and Dag Nilsen on bass."
"Taken from Fenriz's original tape source and transferred/mastered by Patrick Engel at Temple of Disharmony." They said. "Artwork for this release appears courtesy of renowned artist, Zbigniew M. Bielak"
Pre-order Darkthrone's Goatlord remastered album here.