Satyricon
Now, Diabolical


3.5
great

Review

by Theo H. USER (18 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2007 | 119 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


If a musician changes direction abruptly with little or no consent from fans, then two things are guaranteed to happen. New listeners will come in and your current ones will most probably get a proverbial slap in the face. It’s a very risky business. If pulled off correctly, an artist may be able to keep their current fan base and merely increase its size. If done incorrectly then soon enough that artist will be playing to about four people in dirty back-alley clubs. What could possibly drive an artist to make that kind of choice?

Money is the answer to that one. Having throngs of people queuing up to buy their latest CD is something most musicians dream about. Satyricon’s former style and genre, Black Metal, had no chance of entering the collective conscience because some people these days don’t really want to listen to harsh screaming from a load of sacrilegious church burners from Norway. I should know, I was one of them just a few months ago.

However, Satyricon is slowly seeping in, while still being defined as Black Metal. How can this be? Everything sounds the same in essence, so what’s going on?

What’s going on is that everything is not the same. Gone are the synthesisers, dark atmospheres and the fuzz of bad production. Even the vocals are weaker, allowing the lyrics to actually be listened to. The guitar riffs and drum patterns are definitely far more rock oriented and groove filled. The darkness is still noticeable but nowhere near as prominent as on earlier releases.

Take the single, K.I.N.G.. The very simplistic riff comes in and repeats itself a few times until Frost enters on the drums playing a very simple beat. A few more seconds elapse until Satyr enters with the vocals. These are definitely Black Metal vocals singing lyrics seemingly about the devil and the apocalypse. The chorus is a duet done of course solely by Satyr, possibly making this song hard to perform live. The song gets rather repetitive towards the end but still, in my eyes, remains enjoyable towards the end. The drum patterns of this song don’t really do much for me, apart from the brief bass drum sections, but these are still no where near fast enough to be considered “blast-beats”.

A New Enemy is an interesting song to note. It starts off slowly with Satyr gently talking the seemingly meaningless words. After this brief section, some excellent war drumming from Frost enters which really does sound impressive. After the second verse, He finally gets his chance to shine with some great double bass work that sadly does not last long enough.

The standout song on this CD is The Rite Of War Cross. This is the song that goes furthest back to their roots and the will be the most familiar song to listeners of less recent Satyricon. Excellent drumming from Frost, simplistic heavy riffs and the angriest vocals on the whole CD combine to make a very competent Black Metal song.

Listeners looking to get into Black Metal with little or no experience need look no further. The Black Metal approach with hints of rock makes it an excellent entry point into the genre. Those who already like Black Metal and prefer their music raw and cold may have to take everything this CD has to offer with a pinch of salt. All in all an enjoyable record but change can be hard to take sometimes.

3.5/5

Recommended Tracks:
The Rite Of War Cross
K.I.N.G
A New Enemy




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kalkal50
April 22nd 2007


2386 Comments


Never heard of these guys, not a fan of black metal either. Great review nonetheless with smooth language and you really had me hooked with your intro.

AlienEater
April 22nd 2007


716 Comments


band sucks

Slaapkamers
April 22nd 2007


596 Comments


Truth.

Cravinov13
April 22nd 2007


3854 Comments


Meh, they're not that bad, but by this album, they are not black metal either. Sorta like Death N' Roll with black metal roots. Average.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2007


16089 Comments


Old stuff is much better, but this is still good.

Wizard
April 22nd 2007


19523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice review. Totally overrated band (judging from one listen to this album and also hyped up in Revolver Magazine). Didnt enjoy this cd, too simplistic and overdone.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2007


16089 Comments


Go listen to Nemesis Divina and Dark Medieval Times before you write them off.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 22nd 2007


7926 Comments


Yeah, seriously. Dark Medieval Times is one of the best Black Metal records I've heard and Mother North (off Nemesis Divina) is a lot better than it should be.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2007


16089 Comments


I like Nemesis Divina a lot more than Dark Medieval Times, but thats because I'm a pansy =(.

Monticello
April 22nd 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^^^That won't do....

I'm gonna agree with Coke here, DMT is some pretty damn fine metal and better than The Shadowthrone, which is way better than this one.This Message Edited On 04.22.07

TheHamburgerman
April 22nd 2007


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

.... pansy ....

anyways, I heard some songs here and there. They dind't really grab my mind, but they also didn't scare me away. I should check this band out I think.

Wunderbar Review.

Monticello
April 22nd 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wunderbar??

Wizard
April 22nd 2007


19523 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice, I will take your advice Iluvatar and check both of those albums out. Like Ive said in the past, Im always willing to check out a band a second time.

Thor
April 24th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't care much for this album. Nemesis Divina is the only Satyricon I ever listen to.

Unreal
May 12th 2007


229 Comments


meh. I grew out of this quickly
Satyricon is the name given to a book writen by some roman guy, just felt like throwing that in, found that out in latin class This Message Edited On 08.05.07

rattlehead42147
May 12th 2007


1345 Comments


the genre is as satyr says, black n' roll
i was impressed with the review but not the album

Tyler
Emeritus
May 12th 2007


7926 Comments


The only decent Black N' Roll I've ever heard is Megiddo. They're absolutely brilliant. And Canadian

TheHamburgerman
August 5th 2007


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just listened to them (I was forced to, on the backway of Wacken) and it just sucks. The only song that's okay is the one where Frost actually does some blast beats, I thought it was track #4 or #5.

Norgreen
October 18th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think this band is brilliant, but this was certainly the worst cd they've made.. !


TheHamburgerman
December 8th 2007


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I decided to higher my rating with 0.5... It's great when doing a work out.



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