The eighth full-length album by the legendary Norwegian Black Metal band.
Five years have passed since we last heard anything at all of Satyricon, yet it seems that no-one save the very few devoted fans of the band left cares. Not to say that Satyricon have alienated what once was a considerably large arsenal of fans, but ever since the release of arguably the band’s most accessible album, “Volcano”, the band have gradually been forgotten by more and more people with every successive record. Despite the band’s constant pleas to convince everyone that they were in fact progressing with their sound, both “Now Diabolical” and “The Age Of Nero” suffered from songs which, for the most part, plodded along at a snail’s pace and never really took off or exploded as much as, say, "Mother north" or even "Fuel for hatred". So it’s really up to the band’s questionably self-titled release to salvage whatever respect they have left within the world of Extreme Metal.
The eponymous eighth studio album of Satyricon, led by Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) and Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad), finds the chart-topping occult rockers moving even further away from the dissonant Wall of Sound wailing of more traditional Black Metal purveyors. Still brooding, bloody, and malevolent, Satyricon can dole out atmosphere with the best of them, but hidden within the miasma are hooks that eschew the lo-fi approach of some of their contemporaries in favor of a more radio-friendly (in a sort of post-apocalyptic/year zero sort of way) approach that helped land the album at or near the top of almost every regional Hard Rock chart upon its release.
So what we have here is definitely Satyricon going through the motions. This is one of the most intriguing, most interesting and most involving albums of the year. Its total disregard for external expectations practically begs you to listen again and again, trying to unpick the threads of inspiration behind its creation, attempting to put yourself in the mind-set of its creators. It’s not a complete reinvention of the band’s sound, nor is it trying to be, but it is a reinvigoration, and indeed a resurrection, of their spirit.
Like the band with which it shares its name, Satyricon is an album of contradictions. Challenging, yet immediate. Hateful, yet hypnotic. Weighed down by a bleak and doom-laden legacy, yet soaring rapturously beyond all limitations. Burning brightly with cold, shadowy fire...
It’s the dawn of a new age!!!
It is their first topping VG-lista album, the official Norwegian Albums Chart.
Special Edition includes three bonus tracks!
Kaleidoscope/Roadrunner Records, 2013 (RR7602-5). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Voice Of Shadows 2:35
2. Tro Og Kraft 6:01
3. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight 5:12
4. Nocturnal Flare 6:32
5. Phoenix 6:38
6. Walker Upon The Wind 4:58
7. Nekrohaven 3:12
8. Ageless Northern Spirit 4:43
9. The Infinity Of Time And Space 7:47
10. Natt 3:44
11. Phoenix (Recording Session Rough Mix) 6:32
12. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix) 5:07
13. Natt (Wet Mix) 3:32
Total playing time: 66:33