Darkthrone's 14th album - Dark Thrones & Black Flags - is a perfect fusion of blackened rock, metal and punk - a continuation of the sound, style and uncompromising attitude witnessed on the acclaimed 2007 album F.O.A.D.
Dark Thrones & Black Flags is equal parts Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. The duo share song-writing and vocal duties throughout the release (with some surprising results) and further perfect the art of the riff. A deceptive mastery of composition is also evident on possibly their strongest release of recent times, an album of stripped down, dirty metal.
Recorded and produced by the band themselves at Necrohell II studios, Norway, Dark Thrones & Black Flags is an exercise in pushing the conventions of the narrow perception of what should make black metal, becoming more timeless and faithful to its spirit than most could ever wish for in the process.