CD Reviews > Satyricon


Nuclear Blast

The infernal musical majesty known as Satyricon is back with another spectacular Black Metal delight! Simply named Satyricon”, this is the band’s eighth album, but first under the Nuclear Blast banner.

“Naming this record Satyricon’ was the most obvious thing in the world,” Satyr – the genius behind the band’s stellar music - commented. “We have never done a record which captures the spirit of the band in such a way. Ever! It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you, and that is why it will stay with you forever.”

Hailing from Norway, Satyricon is the aforementioned Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad). Satyr composes all the songs and plays all instruments (and vocals) except drums, which Frost brings to us with all the force of a thunder god. There was also a guest vocal appearance by Sivet Hoyven of the band Madrugada in the fantastic song “Phoenix”.

Videos were released for “Our World: It Rumbles Tonight” and “Phoenix”.

The band also performed an exclusive show at the Oslosi Norwegian National Opera House this past September with the 55-voice strong National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

The instrumental “Voice of Shadows” is an ominous intro indeed, with a steady Thump, Thump, Thump of the drums like heavy footfalls of a demonic army advancing, as strong guitar riffs are layered over the percussion. It certainly fills the listener with a sense of foreboding. The dark, catchy “Tro og Kraft” is sung in Norwegian – the song is imperial and would be perfectly at home in a Luciferian throne room (there’s also a beautiful melodic break in the song.) “Our World – It Rumbles Tonight” is absolutely dangerous!

“Nocturnal Flare” is as gorgeous as an aurora borealis. “Phoenix” is my personal favorite on the album – besides the impressive guitars, the guest vocal appearance by Sivet Hoyven imbued the song with a soul-stirring quality! “Walker Upon The Wind” is delivered with hurricane gusts – it invokes the power of Nature at Her most terrifying. I also absolutely adore “Nekrohaven” as it blurs the boundaries between Life, Death, and Alternate Realities.

“Ageless Northern Spirit” is imbued with all the ferocity of Satyricon’s Viking ancestors. The vast “The Infinity of Time and Space” is absolutely awesome as it encompasses many facets of the human spirit from ancient hunters to timeless warriors to philosophers against a backdrop of impressive riffs and supernova percussion. The instrumental outro “Natt” is an ebony beauty with a feeling of tranquility.

This album is definitely in the Crowgrrl’s personal Heavy Rotation Stack, and I highly recommend it!

~Athena Schaffer