Satyricon
Deep Calleth Upon Deep


3.5
great

Review

by therapy20 USER (10 Reviews)
September 26th, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satyricon remind the world they are still black metal and still relevant.

It's been 4 years since Satyricon released their self titled album, an album which further pushed the band away from their black metal roots and in to more progressive and melodic metal territory. This wasn't something new from the band, it's a road in which they've continued to progress down since 2002's Volcano album, and including 2006's Now Diabolical and 2008's Age of Nero along the way. But the difference was that the self titled album from 2013 was a bit of a dud. Where as albums like Volcano and Now Diabolical thundered along in a new "black and roll" groove, the self titled affair merely plodded and meandered along, save for a couple of decent tunes. So this begs the question, where are Satyricon at in terms of their sound, style and craft in 2017? Also, in a scene that is shifting and gaining momentum, are Satyricon relevant anymore?

The good news is that this album is a far superior beast to the self titled album and showcases what could be an interesting new era for the band. Straight off the bat this albums delivers with intent, opener "Midnight Serpent" delivers exactly what had been missing previously. Satyr spits soundbites rather than lines and Frosts pummeling drum fill at the halfway mark should serve as a reminder as to why he is one of the best drummers around. Although the track does overstay it's welcome slightly as it drifts and wanders towards a close, anyone who has been put off by the recent output from the band should still be left satisfied. The pace quickens as "Blood Cracks Open the Ground" follows up, a song which incorporates an almost folk metal riff and is possibly the showcase song on the album if you came to hear Frost's drumming, the man takes centre stage in a song which is possibly short of a memorable hook.

A criticism which has been rallied at the band in the not so distant past is the lack of "black" metal left in the bands sound, something which I could have agreed on after the self titled album. But it seems that the recent unearthing and celebration of the bands classic album Nemesis Divina has fueled the icy northern souls once more. Fans looking for another "Mother North" won't necessarily find it on here but the tools of the trade are certainly at show. The sombre and glacial "To Your Brethren in the Dark" echoes the frosty black metal of old, although I feel this works better as an idea rather than on paper and it ends up being ploddy and slightly repetitive, it's still refreshing to see the band take on that aura once more. But the highlight of the album has got to be the gigantic "Black Wings and Withering Gloom" which has Nemesis Divina stamped all over it, once more we get to hear Frost's blast beats at their thunderous best and the opening riff is full of black metal goodness. Satyr's vocals come scorching in at their venomous best and it's great to hear him sounding so vicious after his recent health scare.

Elsewhere on the album the band return to their "black and roll" sound with the title track, which has found it's place on the album and sits comfortably on here with it's up tempo pace, skipping cymbals and toe tapping rhythm. Also lending a more catchy melody for the listener comes "Ghosts of Rome", which is a gothic stomper complete with operatic vocals. Some listeners will find the more basic nature of these 2 tracks almost offensive in comparison to the old Satyricon sound, but we need to accept that the "dark" days are very much gone for this band and we should embrace the band they've become.

The band they have evolved in to is a technically brilliant progressive black metal band, they are certainly still black metal in my eyes regardless of the criticism aimed at them. But they should be judged on their current output as a clean slate and not constantly compared to the albums of 20 years ago. Deep Calleth Upon Deep is a strong statement of intent from a band that are not only legends in their field but also forging ahead with an exciting sound. Whether the band dip in to more avant garde jazz territory like at the start of "Dissonant" or remind the listener that they can pummel like the old days on the aforementioned "Black Wings and Withering Gloom", Satyricon are always interesting and are always relevant.



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BlackwaterPork
September 26th 2017


1040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad this got a review

Digging: Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

zaruyache
September 26th 2017


17711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"and we should embrace the band they've become."



That's a really silly thing to say.



"Frosts pummeling drum fill at the halfway mark"



When does this happen? I listened to the middle section but didn't find anything interesting there drum-wise, and I'm hesitant to believe a single drum fill can be evidence of how good a drummer is.

Dewinged
September 26th 2017


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Things get more interesting in the second half but this is far from being one remarkable metal release this year. Good review though.

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Hawks
September 26th 2017


50959 Comments


I actually dig their newer stuff. It's not spectacular but enjoyable nonetheless. Gonna jam this tonight. m/

Digging: Mur - Heartworn

hikingmetalpunk
September 26th 2017


2078 Comments


wasn't bad tbqh, needs a few more spins

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2017


10788 Comments


Nice review, heard some of this and plan on revisiting the whole thing

Digging: Rabor - ?????????

starboystargirl
September 26th 2017


248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This is the black metal equivalent of diet soda.

BlackwaterPork
September 27th 2017


1040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not really, sounds like they've found their footing after their last stumble

therapy20
September 27th 2017


80 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"and we should embrace the band they've become"



That's a really silly thing to say.



Can I ask why you think this is a silly thing to say? I'm more than happy to take criticism, but just saying something is silly seems a bit flippant. I'm guessing it's because you don't like the band they are nowadays. In my opinion they've evolved into a fantastic heavy metal band with black and prog influences.

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therapy20
September 27th 2017


80 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Nice review, heard some of this and plan on revisiting the whole thing"



Thanks for the comment, it's an album that you certainly get more out of if you give it the time and attention

hansoloshotfirst
September 27th 2017


527 Comments


"Satyricon are always interesting and are always relevant."
lol

Digging: Thangorodrim - Gil-Estel

Taoboxer9
September 28th 2017


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review & good album. Satyricon are the Radiohead of Black Metal.

zaruyache
September 28th 2017


17711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

What Bizarro World are you living in where that even begins to make sense.

Dewinged
September 28th 2017


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Satyricon are the Radiohead of Black Metal."



Oh jesus lol

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2017


21851 Comments


Ulver are the Radiohead of black metal F I R S T O F A L L

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analogplutonium
September 29th 2017


34 Comments


Haven't listened to this so far except for one track which was kinda ok but nothing special.

About Satyricon I can say for sure that it's always worth it to see them live. I am a huge fan of "Nemesis Divina" and do not dig their new stuff a lot, but it has a nice groove and live it is awesome.

So, probably as always when they release new stuff, I'm going to their concert but I'm not really going to listen to their album. Still give it a chance firstly though.

hansoloshotfirst
October 1st 2017


527 Comments


"Satyricon are the Radiohead of Black Metal."
2deep4me


Dewinged
October 2nd 2017


5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess that makes Myrkur the Britney Spears of Black Metal too.

carved
October 19th 2017


286 Comments


Actually some great tracks here



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