Satyricon
Volcano


3.0
good

Review

by pollastrerostit USER (3 Reviews)
October 19th, 2016 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Satyricon know where they want to go, but aren't getting there yet.

Volcano is the fifth studio effort from Satyricon. It follows the line of its predecessor, further abandoning the pure black metal roots in favour of the black & roll approach, which they would go on to refine on their next album, Now Diabolical. For this fact alone, Satyricon obviously got their good share of criticism from the metal community, but while it's true that this album has some entirely forgettable songs, it also contains some good material.

At my signal, unleash hell is the quote that kicks off the album into the first song, which pretty much sums up the album’s overall sound. Guitars still retain an edgy, dirty sound but are now playing simple and straight-forward riffs that focus much more on groove rather than melody. Although drum patterns are pretty simplistic, Frost owns the drumkit and knows when to hold off to fit the slower sections of the songs. Vocals tend more towards angry, harsh screams than the typical black metal shriek that could be found in the band’s first albums. The formula works well throughout the first songs, but eventually starts to get repetitive and uninteresting as you move on to the middle section of the album, which is the weakest and most forgettable part of the album.

However if you have managed to keep listening until the end, you will be rewarded with the closing tracks Mental Mercury and Black Lava which are the best material this album has to offer. The former is definitely the closest the album gets to classic black metal, and although it starts pretty much with the same black & roll formula as well, it soon moves into a slower, tremolo riff driven atmosphere. The last track is the slowest on the album, having sections that would be close to doom were it not for the sharp sounding guitars. The track slides forward like, well, Black Lava drifting down the mountainside. Hitting the 14+ minute mark, it can drag a bit toward the end, but it is a great song with plenty of riffs and tempo changes.

Volcano is a much more consistent record than their previous album, Rebel Extravaganzza, in the sense that while Rebel Extravaganzza showed a will to experiment with new sounds and find a new direction, Volcano feels like Satyricon have already found this direction and have begun to follow it. They know where they want to go, but aren't getting there yet.


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3.3
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pollastrerostit
October 19th 2016


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Between 2.5 and a 3 for me.. comments and suggestions welcome as always

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2016


26206 Comments


Fuel for Hatred is a jam

Digging: Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.

zaruyache
October 19th 2016


21601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

awful record tho.

Digging: Blue Noise - Everyone Goes Away Eventually

lalchimiste
October 20th 2016


1101 Comments


Rank: #0 for 2004, that must be harsh. Never bothered to jam post-2000's satyricon

zaruyache
October 20th 2016


21601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Now, Diabolical was OK radio bm, but outside of that imo nothing they've done this century has been worth wasting time on.

lalchimiste
October 20th 2016


1101 Comments


radio bm, sounds fantastic haha

Pho3nix
January 10th 2017


721 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Average album, but one of the most evil lookin' album covers I have seen

Hawks
July 17th 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Average for this is way too low. This is the album that got me into this band.

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast - Re-Mistressed

zaruyache
July 17th 2018


21601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

t r a s h b a n d

hansoloshotfirst
July 17th 2018


1419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i n v a l i d o p i n i o n

garas
June 14th 2019


2488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bump for riffs! Jamming this.

Digging: Hades Almighty - Alone Walkyng

Lichtbringer
June 14th 2019


126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Every song on here is killer and adventurous. I'll never stop loving this.

metalhead2425
June 14th 2019


320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are some bangers on here for sure

Hawks
June 14th 2019


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn nice bump bros. This one doesn’t get enough love at alll.

metalhead2425
June 14th 2019


320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man there are some seriously underrated tracks on here. I should probably jam again. Might have to bump to a 3.5

garas
June 14th 2019


2488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely. This album deserves lot more love here. I'm thinking about to bump up my rating too.

Hawks
June 14th 2019


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Easy 4 for me.

JoeTex
August 28th 2019


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

satyricon don't front

Hawks
August 28th 2019


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice rating bro. Album is super underrated.



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