Satyricon
Nemesis Divina


4.0
excellent

Review

by Iluvatar EMERITUS
July 23rd, 2006 | 132 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


I really can't help but laugh when I listen to Satyricon. It's of course due to singer Satyr's incredibly cheesy vocals. It's a given in most black metal that you're going to get incredibly over-the-top, evil vocals, and it always entertains me to no end, but Satyr is one of the most over-the-top, evil sounding vocalists I've heard. While it may somewhat detract from the music, in all honest I just couldn't imagine there being anyone hear to replace him. He fits the band (and to a broader extent, the genre) perfectly.

Being their breakout album, Nemesis Divina can arguably be called the height of their discography. While I am completely unfamiliar with the rest of their discography, I can so feel inclined to say it is a surprisingly engaging experience. The musicianship is top-notch, with the riffs being pulse-poundingly good and the chord progressions Satyr (who handles much of what occurs, along with help from Kvelduv [of Darkthrone]) provides being of surprisingly high quality.


However, Satyricon's biggest boon is drummer Frost, who is absolutely one of the most plainly kickass drummers I've recently encountered. While his work elsewhere may be comparatively better, he still owns all sorts of face here, with his hammering, fast drumming just itching you to air drum along with him. His counterpart in (surprise) Satyr on bass is unfortunately not nearly as pronounced. While Frost may get lost in the mix occasionally, the basswork in this album is almost constantly close to being inaudible. it's a shame, as the bassline in songs like Mother North are far worthier of a more pronounced role.

The songs themselves are where it's truly at, however. The just stated Mother North is a blistering riff-driven number, with the sudden bass-drop off giving a dynamic that is plainly unexpected. The Grand Piano near the end of Du Som Hater Gud, which is one of the more grind-esque songs on the album to boot, is one of the many surprise moments that keep you on the edge of your seat listening to this album, a must when many of the songs tend to get tad repetitive by their end. The strangeness of final track Transcendental Requiem of Slaves is perhaps the most fitting conclusion to the album; in complete contrast to the biting and "tr00 kvlt metal" way they began the album, Satyricon instead opt for a strange, melodic, almost soundscape-y song.

Nemesis Divina surprised me in a good way. If you can get past the incredibly cheesy vocals of Satyr, and realize that the album is going to drag a bit at times, it's one of the most enjoyable and easily accessible black metal albums I've ever heard. It's dark, but not impenetrable; it's heavy, but not too much to take. Those epic moments are something to look out for here, and hey, who doesn't want to hear some evil-sounding dude talk about nothing of particular relevance"



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Neoteric
July 23rd 2006


3243 Comments


Well that was fast, gg

mynameischan
Emeritus
July 23rd 2006


17946 Comments


Nice.

DeafForever
July 23rd 2006


50 Comments


Wow, that's a short review for you. I haven't heard much from the genre of 'Black Metal', but I'll bet I'd love it. Good review.

Silenius
July 23rd 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review and good cd.

This Message Edited On 07.23.06

kno_kontrol
July 23rd 2006


448 Comments


good review although it sounds like the vocals would put me off

Cravinov13
July 23rd 2006


3854 Comments


I wanna get their newest album. This looks good too.

The Jungler
July 23rd 2006


4826 Comments


Wow, you finished this fast. Nice job, good to see a shorter review from you. I doubt I would like this, as I'm not very into metal.

Intransit
March 7th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty great album tbh.

Crysis
Emeritus
July 3rd 2007


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Mother North" is a great song.

Crysis
Emeritus
July 30th 2007


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bump for sheer greatness. I'm surprised there aren't many comments on this. "Mother North" is a classic Black Metal tune, if you haven't heard it yet shame on you.

Crysis
Emeritus
October 16th 2007


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For those who are interested, the awesome video for Mother North.



http://youtube.com/watch?v=xV8LpUEdpBI



The way Satyr screams "MOTHER NORTH!" in the beginning of that video is fucking awesome. One of the best Black Metal songs ever recorded.This Message Edited On 10.16.07

FR33L0RD
January 21st 2008


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to get this album.

FR33L0RD
February 21st 2008


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a superb album, dark and melodic with a quality production on top of it.



FR33L0RD
February 26th 2008


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump for awesomeness

Willie
Moderator
February 26th 2008


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Mother North is an awesome song... the rest of this album bored the crap out of me...

Digging: Adimiron - Et Liber Eris

Crysis
Emeritus
February 26th 2008


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mother North is Satyricon's crowning achievement.

FR33L0RD
February 29th 2008


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^^^Indeed, True statement Crysis

Hawks
March 11th 2008


51947 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album fucking rules. Mother North is the best Satyricon song to date. You need this album if you're a Black Metal fan.

Digging: Swallow the Sun - The Morning Never Came

Wizard
October 2nd 2008


20128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'The Dawn Of A New Age' is my fav off this.

Hawks
October 2nd 2008


51947 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You like it better than Mother North?



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