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Satyricon is an influential Norwegian black metal band, whose line-up over the years has constantly revolved around a stable core of singer/guitarist Satyr and drum powerhouse Frost.

Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band founded in Oslo, Norway in 1990 by Czral (Carl-Michael Eide, of Ved Buens Ende, Ulver and Virus) and Wargod. Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven (also in Thorns, Storm and Wongraven) took over lead vocals in 1991. A year later renowned drummer Kjetil Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad joined the band. Frost has appeared in 1349, Keep of Kalessin, Gorgoroth, and Gehenna. Members of many other black metal bands have contributed to Satyricon either in the studio or live, including Samoth and Ihsahn of Emperor, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone, and A O. Gronbech of Keep of Kalessin.

Satyricon credit their 1993 first album, Dark Medieval Times, with starting a sub-genre of black metal termed medieval metal. The album
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SATYRICON Dark Medieval Times album cover 4.14 | 21 ratings
Dark Medieval Times
Black Metal 1993
SATYRICON The Shadowthrone album cover 3.94 | 19 ratings
The Shadowthrone
Black Metal 1994
SATYRICON Nemesis Divina album cover 4.42 | 27 ratings
Nemesis Divina
Black Metal 1996
SATYRICON Rebel Extravaganza album cover 3.46 | 13 ratings
Rebel Extravaganza
Black Metal 1999
SATYRICON Volcano album cover 4.04 | 14 ratings
Black Metal 2002
SATYRICON Now, Diabolical album cover 3.57 | 14 ratings
Now, Diabolical
Black Metal 2006
SATYRICON The Age of Nero album cover 3.67 | 11 ratings
The Age of Nero
Black Metal 2008
SATYRICON Satyricon album cover 3.88 | 9 ratings
Black Metal 2013
SATYRICON Deep Calleth upon Deep album cover 3.67 | 8 ratings
Deep Calleth upon Deep
Black Metal 2017

SATYRICON EPs & splits

SATYRICON The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrasill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrasill
Black Metal 1995
SATYRICON Megiddo album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Black Metal 1997
SATYRICON Intermezzo II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intermezzo II
Black Metal 1999
SATYRICON My Skin Is Cold album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
My Skin Is Cold
Black Metal 2008

SATYRICON live albums

SATYRICON Live at the Opera album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Live at the Opera
Black Metal 2015

SATYRICON demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SATYRICON All Evil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Evil
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The Forest Is My Throne
Black Metal 1993
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Black Metal 2002
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The Pentagram Burns
Black Metal 2006
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Black Crow on a Tombstone
Black Metal 2008

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SATYRICON Deep Calleth upon Deep

Album · 2017 · Black Metal
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"Deep Calleth upon Deep" is the 9th full-length studio album by Norwegian extreme metal act Satyricon. The album was released through Napalm Records in September 2017. It´s the successor to the self-titled album from 2013.

Stylistically the material on the 8 track, 45:25 minutes long album is a natural progression from the material featured on the predecessor...or maybe more correctly, there´s been only little stylistic progression, and "Deep Calleth upon Deep" therefore feels like a natural successor to "Satyricon (2013)". Starting with "Volcano (2002)", Satyricon have gradually moved further and further away from their black metal roots, and have incorporated more traditional heavy metal elements, death- and doom metal elements, and even some hard rock (I swear I hear the odd Led Zeppelin influence here and there) and progressive rock elements. The aggression and pitch black darkness of their early releases are still a part of their sound, so although this isn´t black metal as such, it´s still gloomy and extreme music. Just another and more diverse type of extreme metal.

The unmistakable raw and raspy vocals and commanding delivery by Satyr are at the front of the soundscape and underneath the listener is met by heavy intriguing riffs, guitar harmonies, organic bass playing, and the inventive drumming by Frost. The latter reaches new adventurous heights with his playing on this album and I don´t hesitate to call him one of the most creative drummers on the scene. So again little has changed since the last album, but it still needs to be emphazised how well playing the band are and how convincing the delivery of the music is. Satyricon deserve that praise.

The material on the album is also well written, relatively diverse for the genre, and while it´s not Satyricon´s most innovative release, the quality is high throughout and there are several really strong compositions featured on the album. I´d mention "To Your Brethren In The Dark" and the title track as some of the highlights, but there are no sub par tracks on the album, which is entertaining throughout.

"Deep Calleth upon Deep" features an organic and powerful sounding production too, and upon conclusion it´s another strong album release by Satyricon. Black metal purists will probably wrinkle their noses and cry sell-out, but at this point it´s doubtful that there are many of those left in the Satyricon fanbase. "Deep Calleth upon Deep" is recommended to the listener who enjoys dark, clever, and heavy music with raw vocals and an above standard level of sophistication in the songwriting department. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SATYRICON Dark Medieval Times

Album · 1993 · Black Metal
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Often overlooked in favour of the later Nemesis Divina (1996), Dark Medieval Times (1993) is the debut studio album by Norwegian black metal act Satyricon. Some sources insist that the album was actually released in 1994, but evidence, including the band's official website, suggests against this. On this album the long time duo of Satyr (vocals, guitars, bass) and Frost (drums) were joined by Lemarchand (guitars), albeit uncredited due to parting ways with the band and Torden (session keyboards).

I mentioned Nemesis Divina, the group's third album, right off the bat because it's often credited as their best release, but I'd like to refute that notion on behalf of Dark Medieval Times, which actually is the only Satyricon release that's ever really grabbed me as being something special. Of course I will advise to take that statement with a pinch of salt because there are a good number of Satyricon albums that I haven't tried yet. So far though, Dark Medieval Times is the first and only one that's caught my attention instantly.

Albums are made up of many things. First and most important is the music, of course, but the complete package of an album also includes it's title and artwork. Satyricon's Dark Medieval Times is an example of where the artwork, title and music contained within all fit together into one big picture. Rather than a straight black metal album of its time period, we find Satyr and Frost combining the genre's traditional aspects of raw, unpolished guitar and raspy vocals with heavy influences of dark/medieval folk, and even a touch of ambient.

They are sounds from two completely different walks of music, that somehow have always gone very much hand in hand with each other, this album no doubt being an early example. This symbiosis is likely what has resulted in many black metal musicians producing side projects in the ambient, dark/neofolk and neoclassical darkwave styles, including Satyr's own Wongraven album Fjelltronen (1995), an album whose roots are easily heard during Dark Medieval Times seven tracks.

I digress, the combination of the two creates an atmosphere that just fits the title so well. It's dark and it's medieval. And the album as a whole is an excellent experience to take the time to enjoy. Things are achieved no better than during the album's 8:12 minute long title track, where the band trade off sections of black metal and dark medieval folksy atmospheres for a lengthy instrumental closure.

Speaking of atmosphere there are some places where Dark Medieval Times almost becomes an actual atmospheric black metal album. Its black metal parts tend to be a bit too traditionally structures for that to really be the case but when it does have those moments, such as the opener Walk the Path of Sorrow, Satyricon actually do a better job of realising the sound than Burzum ever did.

Satyricon haven't yet managed to become one of my favourite black metal acts but Dark Medieval Times is a different matter. This album is one I'd count among the essentials of the genre, one that everyone who claims to be a fan should be paying attention to and hopefully adding to their collection. Those who prefer their black metal guitar to have a bit more gloss on the production may find it a bit raw of course, but even a little more spit and polish would have resulted in part of the album's special atmosphere being lost, and special atmosphere's like this are usually what makes a true gem of black metal come to life. It certainly does here, not only capturing it's title and artwork but also the sound of the early 90's Norwegian black metal scene. To my ears, Dark Medieval Times is one of the most creative releases to come out of that scene, light-years ahead of what groups like Mayhem, Darkthrone and even Immortal were doing on their first albums.


Album · 2013 · Black Metal
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"Satyricon" is the eponymously titled 8th full-length studio album and the first since "The Age of Nero" from 2008 by Norwegian black metal act Satyricon. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in September 2013. It´s not surprising that it has taken so long for the band to release a new album because Satyricon were always very conscious about making an artistic statement with each new release and less interested in how frequently they put out new material.

...and "Satyricon" is definitely in the catagory of artistic statements too. The music on the album is unmistakably the sound of Satyricon, which means heavy and at times epic sounding extreme metal with Satyr´s distinct sounding and commanding raspy vocals in front. Satyricon are usually associated with black metal and their early releases are widely considered "classics" in the genre, but they have moved further and further away from traditional black metal aestethics on now many albums, and that trend continues on "Satyricon". I´d call this heavy and commanding extreme metal with an occasional semi-progressive flair. The latter element sometimes makes me think of Enslaved.

"Satyricon" is quite a varied release and it´s enjoyable to hear how well the band master both heavy, blasting and even semi-thrashy parts. As a new thing in Satyricon´s universe they´ve opted to include a track solely featuring clean vocals, which is the "Phoenix" track. The clean vocals are sung by Sivert Høyem, who is a Norwegian rock singer, who has performed with acts like Madrugada and The Volunteers as well as releasing solo material. "Phoenix" stand out a lot from the other tracks on the album, but still flow well within the context of the album. I´d call "Phoenix" one of the highlights of the album along with tracks like "Tro og kraft" and "Our World, It Rumbles Tonight" (personally I enjoy the catchy black´n´roll of "Nekrohaven" too, but I understand that a track like that can be a showstopper for some). Satyricon are a stabile songwriting force though and the material on the album are strong throughout.

Everything on the album are sung and played by the two-piece of Satyr (bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Frost (drums) except for a few guest appearances by Gildas Le Pape (Guitars) and as mentioned above by Sivert Høyem, who sings clean vocals on "Phoenix". The delivery is as always passionate, convincing and professional. Satyr´s vocals are aggressive and commanding and his arrangements sophisticated but still organic and catchy and the same decription can be applied to the drumming by Frost.

The sound production is less metallic than the case was on "The Age of Nero" and I guess it´s closer in sound to the sound production on "Now, Diabolical (2006)". That means a more earthy and organic sound production. It takes a bit of getting used to, as initial listens might suggest a lack of power, but more listens reveal an organic depth that suits the music well. To my ears the bass drums are a bit too low in the mix, but it´s not a major issue.

In fact there are very few issues with "Satyricon", which in almost every aspect is a quality release by Satyricon. The passionate delivery of the music is of course a great asset but it´s the well balanced and sophisticated songwriting, which is particularly strong on this album, that elevates "Satyricon" to a higher level. This is arguably the most memorable and well written Satyricon album since they started shifting gears towards a less black metal oriented style (and that´s not to belittle their other releases which are great too). A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2002 · Black Metal
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Dropping, for the most part, the industrial affectations the band had taken on with Rebel Extravaganza, Volcano finds Satyricon in a more or less traditional black metal mode, with a notable exception being the pulsating closing epic Black Lava. I was surprised to learn that this was produced by an incredibly stripped down lineup - Frost plays drums and Satyr does just about everything else - because the duo do a really good job of getting across a full band sound without dampening the raw sound that's so crucial to this style of classic-era Norwegian black metal. Not their best, but not an embarrassment to the Satyricon discography by a long stretch.

SATYRICON The Age of Nero

Album · 2008 · Black Metal
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"The Age of Nero" is the 7th full-length studio album by Norwegian black metal act Satyricon. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in November 2008.

"The Age of Nero" further explores the heavy and groove based black metal sound of "Volcano (2002)" and "Now, Diabolical (2006)". It´s not an album that develops much on that sound, but it´s a convincing, powerful and extremely well executed. While "Now, Diabolical (2006)" at times felt slightly uninspired, "The Age of Nero" is the kind of album that will eat you alive. Satyr is his usual caustic sneering self that in addition to delivering his unmistakable snarl also plays those ungodly heavy riffs. The tempo is actually predominantly slow- to mid paced and heavy on the album allthough there are faster paced parts present too. Frost delivers another stunning and varied drum performance. There´s seemingly no end to the man´s creativity. Paired with a powerful and effective sound production this album is simply killer. Tracks like the opener "Commando", "The Wolfpack" and "Black Crow on a Tombstone" pack so much punch and catchy hooks that it´s impossible not to bang your head. A return to Norwegian lyrics on the closing track "Den Siste" ("The Last") is also a good idea that works well.

"The Age of Nero" is what I´d call a return to form after the relatively forgettable "Now, Diabolical (2006)". It´s inspired and delivered with fierce conviction and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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