Norwegian black metal legends Darkthrone have announced a followup to 2021's Eternal Hails......, Astral Fortress, due October 28 via Peaceville. Fenriz calls it "an epic journey of old metal," and adds, "As usual, Ted [Nocturno Culto] makes music by playing himself and riffs just come to me. I think since 2016's Arctic Thunder, we have mostly been inspired by our own back catalogue. I can hear many of my riffs eventually sounding like a plethora of bands but this seldom seems to correlate with what others hear. As you’ll know by now I never talk about the lyrics or the inspiration behind them and I would never want any lyrics that I like of others to be explained to me but I will tell you this, it is darker than ever, it is seething with hell."