Old school Norwegian death metal band, CADAVER, have unleashed their new EP, D.G.A.F., via their new label, Nuclear Blast. The band features founding member, Anders Odden (vocals/guitar/bass), and Dirk Verbeuren (drums).
D.G.A.F. can be streamed on various platforms. Check out the title track, which features CARCASS‘ Jeff Walker on guest vocals:
In upcoming events, the band will be hosting a live Q&A with fans on Instagram on Thursday, April 23rd at 11 am PST/8 pm CET.
While Oslo, Norway’s SATYRICON are not calling it quits, they have announced that they will tour the U.S. for the final time in support of their latest album, Deep calleth upon Deep. The band have not had the easiest time bringing over their regular live band with drummer Frost missing tours.
“As our U.S fans will have noticed, we haven’t toured there in nine years. There are many reasons for that. I like America and I like Americans, but unfortunately touring there has been a difficult chapter in the history of SATYRICON. I can’t guarantee what the future holds, but we did not go on the last record, so I am hoping that one final headlining tour can be a good way of sharing some electric musical moments with our U.S fans, whom we love just as much as all our other fans across the world”, states main man Satyr.
The tour starts May 13th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through May 30th in Austin, TX with two stops in Canada. INQUISITION will provide support on the tour. Click here for dates. Needless to say, this tour is not to be missed.
SATYRICON have announced an open search for a second live guitarist while they continue to write their new album. Here are the details:
“Satyricon might need you!
“Satyricon is currently considering a second guitar player for touring. If you would like to audition for this, you need to have the following qualifications:
“Skills on a high international level, touring experience, ability to attend rehearsals on a weekly basis and good social skills. You MUST be a Satyricon fan. The band is not looking for players in general. This is a lifestyle, more than a job. It is not possible to play the music of Satyricon without feeling it, or responding to the demands of the band without really wanting to be a part of this.
“Please send a video of yourself playing not only your own select Satyricon songs, but anything you think is representative of your level as a player. It does not have to be technical, it might as well be something representative of your ability to interpret music. Should the band want to pursue, you will be invited to an audition in Oslo.
“Send your video and some words about yourself and your musical background to: [email protected]“
SATYRICON took the stage for the first time this past weekend at Rockefeller in Olso, Norway to perform the first of several shows to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the masterpiece, Nemesis Divina. The show had special significance in that it was the first time the band had performed since Satyrannounced his brain tumor diagnosis back in October 2015.
“Thanks for coming out last night. A few months ago I wondered if it was the end of Satyricon. To be back on stage again, in front of my people, was obviously powerful. I have a long way to go, but last night was a solid first step. #thankyou ?Jorunn”
SATYRICON‘s Satyr recently announced that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The unfortunate news comes during the demo sessions of the follow up to Satyricon. He announced the news on his Instagram:
“I’m going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects…#thankyou”
Once again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close. We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS. The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION. We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums. Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.
Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel. There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create. Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.
Five years of touring and recuperation have yielded a superior record than SATYRICON‘s 2008 release, Age of Nero. In the spirit of progress, SATYRICON explores new territory with their new self titled record.
The first half of Satyricon may catch many by surprise with its decidedly subdued, sublime style. A stripped down, straight forward feel comes with the mostly single string riffs. The band also employs plenty of their distinctive melodies. For lack of a better word, one could describe this as SATYRICON at their “doomiest,” especially opening track “Voice of the Shadows,” which sounds like a ceremonial exhumation of a pharaoh’s tomb.
A gem in the band’s catalogue is “Phoenix,” featuring vocals by Sivert Høyem of Norway’s MADRUGADA. It’s not just the first SATYRICON song to exclusively have clean vocals but it’s downright good. It’s gloriously powerful and ranks as one of the band’s best songs.
Side A is not about traditional metal notions of heaviness or aggression. The silence and quietness of it all creates a thick, heavy atmosphere. This is a new side to the band and some may find it off-putting.
Side B sees some of that SATYRICON speed and aggression but on average, it does not get faster than Diabolical, Now or Age of Nero tempos. “Walker Upon the Wind” and “Ageless Northern Spirit” feature that good old, biting aggression of latter day SATYRICON. “Nekrohaven“‘s hooks catchy in a punk/post-punk way.
Without a doubt, “The Infinity of Time and Space” is the centerpiece of Satyricon. The classic sound of the first three records meets the sound of the last few albums in quite a soulful journey. The song perfectly captures the essence of the band – that strong will and the inexorable Norwegian black metal spirit. Closing track, “Natt” (“night” in Norwegian), brings it all back to folk era of the band and serves as a great closing instrumental. Listen carefully for the whispers.
While many extreme metal bands are looking to push the envelopes of sonic brutality and heaviness, SATYRICON use the power of silence and piano sections (the music technique, not the instrument) to convey heavy atmospheres. While Satyricon may not rank as the band’s best work, it is certainly a very interesting, stimulating and commendable one on several levels. The vision and artistry cannot be denied. Bravo. (Nuclear Blast Records)
A song from SATYRICON‘s upcoming self-titled album, “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight,” has been posted online. Check it out below:
As you can hear, the album is a bit different from their past material.
Satyricon is set for a September 9th release in Europe and September 17th release in North America.
“We are back. Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this,” states band frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven. “Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move. Naming this record Satyriconwas the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”
After a long hiatus, SATYRICON have announced their self titled new album set for a September 9th release.
Speaking about the band’s new album and return to the live fray in Europe, mainman Satyr comments: “We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this. Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move. Naming this record ‘Satyricon‘ was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”
Satyricon was produced by Satyr and recorded in their native Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper.