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CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

(8/10) In case you read some of my earlier reviews you know that sometimes I also talked about the artwork of albums, esp. if they didn’t fit to the music or looked quite ‘interesting’. Also when it comes to Satyricon’s newest strike the packaging is worth to be mentioned, this time because it fits so perfectly to the music you get on the album.

The cover artwork is reduced to a minimum. It’s a puristic drawing, focusing on the essence of the ‘kiss of death’ and so does the music. “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” comes with eight tracks, which are still referring to the band’s black metal roots. However, Satyricon is more than black metal that’s build either on blastbeats or bombastic orchestration. The band created a vicious and diabolic sound that can be immediately recognized as being Satyricon.

Also the new album is no exception. The tunes on “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” are a black and gloomy journey, representing a sinister vibe. In one or another way the songs are a pure distraction since they unveil a certain beauty of evil.

Satyr and Frost created tunes that are fueled with tristesse. Songs like the outstanding “To Your Brethren in the Dark” are slowly waltzing anthems in black, spread out over six minutes.  The same goes for the opener “Midnight Serpent”, which, even though with a higher pace, follows the same pattern.

But it’s not only the longer tunes you should focus on. Also the straightforward “The Ghost of Rome” is an excellent smasher with unexpected background vocals.

“Deep Calleth Upon Deep” doesn’t come with filler. Each of the eight tracks is worth to be on this longplayer, an album that features with the dark symphony “Black Wings and Withering Gloom” another apex.

As with the earlier releases, the Oslo-based duo stick to their trademarks, delivering an album that lives up to expectations. It shows the beauty of simplicity and focus. Satyricon fans will love this lomngplayer that is even relevant for non-black metal fans. Good music for the dark season.





  1. Midnight Serpent
  2. Blood Cracks Open the Ground
  3. To Your Brethren in the Dark
  4. Deep Calls Upon Deep
  5. The Ghost of Rome
  6. Dissonant
  7. Black Wings and Withering Gloom
  8. Burial Rite


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017


SATYRICON unveils first song from the upcoming record

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Dark Metal, Napalm Records

Black metal legends SATYRICON have revealed their highly anticipated ninth studio album, 'Deep calleth upon Deep' is set for release on 22nd September on Napalm Records.


Now the iconic duo fronted by visionary Satyr has unveiled a lyric video for the album title track and first single from the band's upcoming masterpiece. Satyr informs us:


“It was not easy to chose a song to represent this album as they are all so different. I consider them all to be a group of individuals with strong and unique personalities and together they make the album «Deep calleth upon Deep».


The title track is the only song we’ve done with baritone and regular guitar all the way through the song. I felt it was needed for the tonal depth I was looking for and to enhance the swing of the groove in the heavier parts. It also has mellotron, cello, violin and backing vocals by classical singer Håkon Kornstad where the cello supports the baritone guitar and the mellotron, violin and the backing vocals provide air and width to the sound. Consider it a journey, play it loud, close your eyes and head into the forest. That’s what I do.“


SATYRICON announced first details about the next album

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Napalm Records

SATYRICON announced first details about the next album
Nearly three years in the making, SATYRICON have announced that 'Deep calleth upon Deep', their highly anticipated ninth studio album, is set for release on 22nd September via Napalm Records. 

Recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON’s 2006 album, ‘Now, Diabolical’), ‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is not just a new collection of songs from one of extreme music’s most enduring and reliable bands: this is a wholesale reinvention and a brand new era in SATYRICON history.  

Frontman and visionary, Satyr informs us “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record.  If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special.  If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.  I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.” 

‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is a profound statement about the essence of SATYRICON’s music and the eternal value of art itself.  Satyr continues, “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it SATYRICON or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well.  If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you.  So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’  If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."   

SATYRICON is also proud to share the album’s front cover - an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.

CD review SATYRICON "Nemesis Divina" (re-issue)

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Dark Metal

(9/10) 20 years after having released the original longplayer via Monolog Productions it is Napalm Records that reissues this milestone album. Satyricon was already well known when "Nemesis Divina" underlined the status of Satyr and bandmates back in 1996. The fact that this album is still as fascinating as it was two decades ago underlines, that this record is a timeless classic, written for eternity.

"Nemesis Divina" was the last chapter of Satyricon's pure focus on oldschool Norwegian black metal. From that point on they developed there sound with some more experimental moments, opening up even for the "Live at the Opera" show later in their career.

The new version of this black metal masterpiece went through a remastering process, done by no less than Satry himself. Compared to the original version the reissue sounds even more powerful and band anthems like "Mother North" shine in new splendor; something that actually goes for each of the seven tracks on this iconic longplayer.

The artwork of this enriched package is kept the same as it was in 1996. It's anyhow a real match that perfectly expresses the dark and mystic vibe of each of the songs captured on "Nemesis Divina".

Next to this re-release Satyricon planned some shows during summer, playing "Nemesis Divina" in its entirety. So, it's the right time to enjoy some oldschool black metal.





  1. The Dawn of a New Age
  2. Forhekset
  3. Mother North
  4. Du som hater Gud
  5. Immortality Passion
  6. Nemesis Divina
  7. Transcendental Requiem of Slaves


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 20st, 2016

CD review SATYRICON "Nemesis Divina" (re-issue)

METAL ON THE HILL - new festival in Graz/Austria

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2016 von Markus W. in Festival, Tour, Arch Enemey, Satyricon, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Moonspell, Lacuna Coil, Metal On The Hill

Some news for my Austrian readers. There is a new festival coming up this summer called "Metal on the Hill". The event will take place in Graz, Austria and it is the area of the Schlossberg that creates the scenery for this metal indoor show/open air. The locations are actually pretty cool and the line-up isn't too bad either.

It's a two days festival with the following bands being confirmd already:

12.08.2016 Dom am Berg (DevilDriver, Drescher, Jinjer, Tuxedoo)
13.08.2016 Kasemattenbuehne (Arch Enemy, Satyricon, Lacuna Coil, Moonspell                   + 3 more TBC)

METAL ON THE HILL - new festival in Graz/Austria

SATYRICON celebrates anniversary of "Nemesis diving" in 2016

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News

Artistically imperious, instinctively forward-thinking and remorselessly creative, Satyricon have long since earned the right to be hailed as one of black metal’s most important and influential bands. And now they are to revisit the album that raised them from underground heroes to bold contenders on the world stage… the timeless and towering Nemesis Divina. Satyricon will return in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal masterpiece, with a never-to-be-repeated series of exclusive European shows, wherein the Norwegian trailblazers will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time.

“It’s not what we do and it won’t happen again!” avows frontman and creative mastermind Satyr. “This band, as you know, is definitely not retrospective. But we started playing live in 1996. Our most groundbreaking milestone record came out in 1996. Nemesis Divina is the only one of the first three records that has aged really well. It’s the only one that we still play several songs from in our set to this day… so if I’m ever going to do anniversary shows and do a reissue and make it a big deal, it’s gonna be Nemesis Divina and it has to be now.”


SATYRICON celebrates anniversary of "Nemesis diving" in 2016

CD review SATYRICON "Live at the opera"

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2015 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Metal, Classic, News, CD Review, Opera, Live, Thrash Metal, Death Metal

(9/10) When metal meets classic it's always a thin line between genius and disaster. History has shown that even big bands failed - just like this. Also Metallica with their "S&M" album belongs to this group.

Now it was time for Satyricon. The idea of merging black metal and classic isn't totally new. Satyr and Satyriocn played already a session together with the brass section from the Norwegian Royal Orchestra which was a big success. This kind of collaboration might be for some fans a sell-out while for others it's a next step in creativity. It for sure streches the borders, or even tears down walls. However, I think that Satyricon did an excellent job with this album.

"Live at the opera" was recorded two years ago. It was on September 8, 2013 when the band shared the stage with the Norwegian Opera Choir in Oslo.

The joy with "Live at the opera" is the fact that the band didn't re-arrange the songs entirely. Those are still black metal songs based on mighty riffs and the brawly vocals from Satyr. But the songs become much more intense and it is the choir, that is so well integrated that it creates goose bumps while listening. Songs like "Now diabolica" and "Die by my hand" are brilliant examples here for. It is a thrilling listening experience that you can't escape from.

Other highlights towards the end are "Mother North" with its apocalyptic vibe, but also the mighty "K.I.N.G.", which was hard to 'translate' into a choir arrangement, is a treat for your ears.

"Live at the opera" is a live document that looks back on an extraordinary and special show in Oslo. It gives fans, that haven't had the chance to join the 'party' a chance to at least partly experience and enjoy the show. I guess the entire vibe of this night can't be burned on CD/DVD.

Satyricon fans will love the release and "Live at the opera" might open up also for possible new fans. This is not a sell-out. This is musical creativity at its best. Thank you.





  1. Voices of shadows
  2. Now diabolical
  3. Repined bastard nation
  4. Our world it rumbles tonight
  5. Nocturnal flare
  6. Die by my hand
  7. Tro og kraft
  8. Phoenix
  9. Den siste
  10. The infinity of time and space
  11. To the mountains
  12. The pentagram burns
  13. Mother North
  14. K.I.N.G.


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Live at the opera"

SATYRICON sign with Napalm Record and release a live album

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Sabbath, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Video

Norwegian black metal legend Satyricon signed with Napalm Record. The first release of the cooperation will a live DVD called "Live at the opera" that will be released beginning of May. 

Satyr said about the recording:

“The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.


We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.


For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you're there.


This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”

SATYRICON sign with Napalm Record and release a live album

CD review 1349 "Massive cauldron of chaos"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in 1349, Satyricon, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

(8/10) This album sounds literally like the black sheep of the family. 1349 from Norway delivered an excellent black metal album that in my opinion belongs to the best genre releases this year.


The album contains everything a black metal record needs. A brutal sound, brawly vocals, mighty riff assaults and sometimes even some small hidden melodies. You can feel a chill breath in your neck while listening to the songs.


The good thing with the record is the ease that is spread by the album. Ease not in the sense of laid-back. Of course not; we are talking about black metal. I mean it more in the context of the band following their creative inspiration. 

The songs have a certain flow that goes through the whole album. Non of the tracks feels forced or a burden for the four-piece.


There are some parallels to Satyricon, which isn't a surprise while thinking about Frost sitting behind the drumkit in both bands since many years. It's his punch, which pushes the band a lot.


1349 doesn't reinvent black metal. But they play this more traditional way of Norwegian black metal in an almost perfect way. The tracks put a spell on you. As a listener you don't lose the excitement since the album isn't one-dimensional at all. There are enough things happening to keep you in it. This is a gift not that many black metal bands can claim for themselves.


And than there is "Golem" - a moment on the album that is different from the rest. "Golem" is a 1:40 minutes speedtrain that is spot on. No musical chatter, just uncompromising metal. The tune is a cool track on the album and a real neck-breaker.


"Massive cauldron of chaos" is an excellent black metal record that can also be tested by non-black-metal-fans.







  1. Cauldron

  2. Slaves

  3. Exorcism

  4. Postmortem

  5. Mengele's

  6. Golem

  7. Chained

  8. Godslayer



Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Black Metal

CD review 1349 "Massive cauldron of chaos"

Compilation from Indie Recordings "Christmas carnage ... and a metal new year"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Indie Recordings, Satyricon, sahg, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Doom Metal

(*/10) Norwegian label Indie Recordings released a compilation album with which they want to say thank you to all fans of bands from the label. The album contains 21 songs which represent a good mix from bands signed by the label - like Satyricon, Cult Of Luna, Sahg,...





  1. Satyricon: Phoenix
  2. Shining: I won't forget
  3. Sahg: Slip off the dye of the universe
  4. Man The Machetes: Mageplask
  5. Cult Of Luna: I - the weapon
  6. Extol: Open the gates
  7. In Vain: Image of time
  8. Hacride: Strive ever to more
  9. Obliteration: Sepulchral rites
  10. Sarke: Icon usurper
  11. Wardruna: Fehu
  12. Glittertind: Djevelsvart
  13. Steak Number Eight: Cryogenius
  14. Vreis: Welcome farewell
  15. Keep Of Kalessin: Introspection
  16. From the Vastland: Night sentinel
  17. Blood Tsunami: The brazen bull
  18. Gehenna: Unravel
  19. Altaar: Dei absolutte krav og den absolutte nåde
  20. Hate Mediation: Impure rage
  21. Blodig Alvor: Start en revolusjon


Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: (Black) Metal

Compilation from Indie Recordings "Christmas carnage ... and a metal new year"

CD review SATYRICON "Satyricon"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2013 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Metal, CD Review

I was very much looking forward to the new album of Satyricon esp. since it is the first record since the 2008 release "The age of Nero", which I like(d). Satyricon was put on hold for some month and Sigurd 'Satyr' Wongraven used the time to learn about wine. He created his own wine, became an expert in this field  and the question was, if he was also still able to write good metal songs.

The answer is: Yes, he still can write good songs. The new album which is called simply "Satyricon" includes 10 new songs and 3 mix versions. All of the songs are very intense and create a mean and nasty atmosphere. Already the instrumental intro "Voice of shadow" sets the tone of voice.

"Nekrohaven" is a song which could maybe a successor for "K.I.N.G." since it is very groovy and has a chorus which sticks immediatly in your mind. The album contains also songs with some increased speed like e.g. "Ageless northen spirit".

I personally like "Natt" the most. The songs is very slow and has a lot of acoustic elements, but the atmosphere which the song transports is so tight and  oppressive, that it is unique for the album. I also can recommend to listen to "Phoenix" - a very sad songs which reminded me to Nick Cave with heavy guitars and some riffs. "Walker upon the wind" will than push you out of the melancolic thoughts, since the fast track will bring you back in a threatening environment.

In order to experience the full intensity of the record you have to listen to it more often. Actually the song structure is kept quite basic, but this is what fits to the songs and makes them so different. With each round you will discover new details. 

The only thing I'm struggeling a bit is the production. Even though I get more used to it I think, that the vocals are too dominant and the guitar got too far in the back, as well as the rythm section. Also the clean produced vocals are competing with a kind of undifferentiated sound of the other instruments. This might be planned but I think it is sad, since the songs are good and loose a little bit by this.

But all in all "Satyricon" became the expected good album, which is mean and nasty from the beginning to the end and there are not that many bands who can create such an intense atmosphere.






  1. Voice of shadows
  2. Tro og kraft
  3. Our world, it rumbles tonight
  4. Nocturnal flare
  5. Phoenix
  6. Walker uopn the wind
  7. Nekrohaven
  8. Ageless northern spirit
  9. The infinity of time and space
  10. Natt
  11. Phoenix (Recording session mix)
  12. Our world, it rumbles tonight (Deeper lox mix)
  13. Natt (Wet mix)


Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Satyricon"

New album from SATYRICON in September

Veröffentlicht am 9. August 2013 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News

Satyricon from Norway are working on the eighth album which will be released on September 17 via Nuclear Blast.

Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven commented: "We are back. Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this. Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move. Naming this record Satyricon was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this 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. We won't tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”

»Satyricon« was recorded in Norway, produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven, and mixed by Adam Kasper.



Voice Of Shadows
Tro Og Kraft
Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
Nocturnal Flare
Walker Upon The Wind
Ageless Northern Spirit
The Infinity Of Time And Space

Bonus Tracks:
Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)
Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)
Natt (Wet Mix)



New album from SATYRICON in September

First bands for the DISTORTION FEST in Eindhoven are confirmed

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2013 in Papa Roach, Heavy Metal, Behemoth, Festival, Satyricon, Heaven Shall Burn

Today the first bands for the Distortion Fest in Eindhoven are announced. The indoor festival will be on Sunday 24.11.13 in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.

First confirmed bands are:

Papa Roach



Heaven Shall Burn



Alpha Tiger and

The Pyske Project


More bands will be announced...

First bands for the DISTORTION FEST in Eindhoven are confirmed