01. I Muffle Your Inner Choir 02. The Hardship of the Scots 03. Old Star 04. Alp Man 05. Duke of Gloat 06. The Key is Inside the Wall The progression of extreme metal legends DARKTHRONE from black metal genre pioneer to ambassadors of pure heavy metal expression has been fun to experience. While some of their contemporaries continue to put out competent-yet-watered-down rehashes of works that defined the genre and others self-destructed under the weight of their own psychological excesses, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto quietly continue to get together every few years, plug in, and crank out musical statements awash with heavy metal revelry that cement their status as masters of the genre, aging gracefully. There are no diatribes on the state of the extreme metal scene. There are no overly verbose manifestos decrying the lack of danger in modern heavy metal. There are no self-aggrandizing ego trips bordering on oblivious self-parody. Devin Townsend screamed that “The time has come to forget all the bullshit and rock!” in the chorus of “Liberation”, the opening track of his 2012 record, “Epicloud”. That’s exactly what happens when a new DARKTH...