Satyricon
The Age Of Nero


3.5
great

Review

by psycho888999 USER (20 Reviews)
December 5th, 2008 | 108 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than Now, Diabolical, but so much slower.

Satyricon are back with another release, quite possibly alienating the haters even more and drawing in the people who got used to their black'n roll sound.
First of all, Satyricon are not 'selling out' by any means. If anything, they're going back to the 'first wave' of black metal- simple and primitive song structures, and a very hateful feel to everything. They sound like a beefed up version of Hellhammer OR you could even compare them to Venom on nyquil.
Why do I say nyquil" I say this because this album is SLOW. There are only several fast parts throughout the album, namely the beginning and end of Commando, Black Crow on a Tomb Stone, and the token 'fast throwaway piece' Die By My Hand. The album chugs along in a fairly sludgy and depressive kind of way, and this is where I would like to make point.
You do NOT listen to Satyricon to feel pumped or to run around your room stabbing imaginary people with scissors. You listen to 1349 or Marduk for that. No, Satyricon creates a sort of boiling anger inside your stomach that you just can't let out. It's a pleasant and festering sort of feeling when you want to feel some lethargic misanthropy to towards the worlds.
I think this album represents Rebel Extravaganza lite for the most part. It's not as complex OR as experimental as that album, but it maintains the 'beefier' production process that that album possessed. I find this album to be a bastard child of that album and Now, Diabolical- it's more interesting than Now, Diabolical, but it's not varied enough to tag as 'experimental/ quasi industrial.'
Now, onto the actual music itself.
The song structures remain rock oriented, though a little more varied then said Now, Diabolical. Satyr is gifted with the ability to take old riffs and essentially mutate them into new and interesting forms, unlike a spiked pants wearing counterpart. The riffs slide up and down in a sort of nauseating and strangely groovy manner, lazily twisting into another strange riff and back, creating the before mentioned 'festering rage at the pit of your stomach' feel. The guitars are sometimes a little TOO boring, and are saved from the brink of death by the hypnotic drums in the background.
To sum this all up, if you are the type of person that likes first wave black metal and don't mind minimalist tendencies in their music, then this is the album for you.
However, if you worship hyperspeed tremelo picking madness on the frozen fjords of troo kvlt frostbitten Norway, stay away from this album like the plague.
All in all, it's a good, but slightly lazy effort from Satr and co.



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Darkvoid67 (2)
It’s quintessentially “Now, Diabolical” through and through. But worse...

dragoth (4)
BLACK CROW ON A TOMBSTONE!...


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fireaboveicebelow
December 5th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

space out your paragraphs



I didn't care for this at first, but now I'm really enjoying it

Wizard
December 5th 2008


20201 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hey, welcome to the site dude. Glad to see some new users putting forth an effort.



A few things to help this review out a bit would be to clean up the paragraph structures (cause there are none) and try not to refer to 'yourself liking this and that'. Your ideas are there, now they just need some tidying up.



As far as checking this out, I may give this a listen if it's a step up from the GOD AWFUL Now, Diabolical.

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2008


48880 Comments


Good work. I heard one song, Tombstone, and it had a killer riff. i will get this. I hate Nero though and what they said.This Message Edited On 12.05.08

Satana
December 5th 2008


204 Comments


Slightly better than Now Shitabolical but still very meh

Zippermouth
December 6th 2008


1305 Comments


I listened to Wolfpack, it was good at first but its kinda boring.

Willie
Moderator
December 6th 2008


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice first review, but space out the paragraphs.

As for the band, these guys were never that interesting to me and their new direction is even less interesting, IMO.

Regulator
December 6th 2008


623 Comments


I have only heard this album once, and I agree it is way better than Now, Diabolical. Black Crow on a Tombstone's main riff is suuuuper catchy, and a decent song all around. The vocals seem kinda thin on this one, but i'd let that slide because the songs are better this album. I still wish they'd return to something akin to Rebel Extravaganza meshed with Volcano tho. wishful thinking

Satana
December 6th 2008


204 Comments


In before Hawks says its awesome

fireaboveicebelow
December 6th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think he likes this era of the band

bastard
December 6th 2008


3432 Comments


he likes Now, Diabolical.

that's saying a lot man.

Hawks
December 6th 2008


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In before Hawks says its awesome


Fuck you.

I don't think he likes this era of the band


No I do. I just hate Rebel Extravaganza.



Digging: Four Fists - 6666

psycho888999
December 8th 2008


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the comments! I'll be sure to churn out more reviews!

Eakflanderyof
December 8th 2008


2402 Comments


I like black n'roll and new Satyricon so I will probably like this.

fireaboveicebelow
December 8th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh you will, sir

Hawks
December 30th 2008


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm probably not going to check this out because the songs that I've heard pretty much sound exactly the same as the songs on Now, Diabolical. Thats not a bad thing to me, but I'd rather not listen to 8 more songs that sound exactly the same as the previous album.

bbossfm
January 5th 2009


4 Comments


I dont really know why everybody hates now diabolical. i found it to be a pretty good album. I love the way the title says it all and the music delivers to that. As for TAON , i feel that they could use some new tricks, still good though. Volcano is the best for me , that's a kick ass album! (not really a tru norwegian BM fan)

Hawks
January 5th 2009


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Volcano? I'm going to assume that you haven't heard the first 3 albums.

fireaboveicebelow
January 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did you read his parenthesis?

Hawks
January 5th 2009


60926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes I did. It's still fucking sad to say that Volcano is their best.

fireaboveicebelow
January 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

eh so what, I like it, but Nemesis is probably my favorite



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