Pour beaucoup de critiques et chroniqueurs, Satyricon c’est 2 époques bien distinctes et inconciliables : l’avant/ancien, l’après/moderne. Des ères géologiques aussi bien séparées que le crétacé du tertiaire, où aucun dinosaure n’a pu survivre à ce brutal changement climatique. Et bien pas pour moi. Explications :
Fan de black et de métal depuis deux décennies, j’ai connu Satyricon à la glorieuse époque de Mother North et de son cultissime vidéo clip (que l’on faisait circuler entre potes en cassette VHS !). Je suis fan ET toujours fan de cette période « true black metal norvégien » du groupe allant de The Forest is my Throne à Nemesis Divina. Un vieux son à l’ancienne avec des riffs glaçants, de l’énergie brute avec une touche de sauvagerie, une imagerie impeccable, et une forte dose de côté obscur. Ensuite les choses ont changé … ou plutôt elles ont évoluées. Mais pas moi. J’ai donc naturellement été dérouté par Rebel Extravaganza ou même Volcano, ne comprenant pas ce qui se passait chez ce combo qui semblait muer … J’attendais comme beaucoup le digne successeur du « Shadowthrone » et je revois les visages dépités et ou inexpressifs de certains collègues... Et puis le temps s’est écoulé, inexorablement. 10 calendriers sont passés … Sont arrivés Now Diabolical puis The Age of Nero. C’est à ce moment que j’ai commencé à comprendre. Ou plutôt à adapter mon jugement et affiner mon écoute. Que j’ai eu le déclic. Que j’ai réalisé que moi aussi après 10 ans j’avais changé sans pour avoir autant vendu mon âme et succombé aux sirènes des musiques commerciales distillées par des labels avides d’argent.Lire la suite ›
orionTOP 100 COMMENTATEURS le 24 septembre 2013
Voilà le nouvel album de Satyricon, un des groupes phares de la mouvance Black Metal norvégienne. Un album que le groupe aura mis cinq ans à nous proposer. Un album qui va encore diviser les fans du groupe, sans aucun doute.
Car oui, à la base, Satyricon est un groupe de Black Metal. Mais qu'en est-il aujourd'hui ? On est maintenant à des années lumières d'un "Dark Medieval Times", d'un "Shadowtrone" ou d'un "Nemesis Divina", (ceux qui attendent toujours ce Satyricon-là doivent se faire une raison, il ne reviendra plus). Si "Rebel Extravaganza" amenait le groupe sur un Black Metal plus moderne, plus expérimental aussi, avec "Volcano", et surtout "Now Diabolical", le Black du groupe devenait plus rock et moins violent. Aujourd'hui, Satyricon continue logiquement son chemin pour amener son Black Metal (oui, bon, peut-on encore parler de Black Metal ?) où bon lui semble. D'une certaine manière, Satyricon est la suite logique de "The Age Of Nero", avec cinq ans de maturation en plus. Et en cinq ans, la vision de la musique de nos deux lascars a évolué. On reprochera sans doute à Satyricon de ne plus privilégier l'agressivité. Mais quand on y réfléchit bien, le dernier album en date, "The Age Of Nero", n'était pas d'un extrémisme musical intense. Riffs tournants et répétitifs, passages instrumentaux limite atmosphériques... seule la voix de Satyr, toujours agressive, rappelait vraiment les racines Black de ce groupe et la noirceur du combo. Oui, Satyricon a évolué et a tellement dilué son Black Metal dans d'autres influences qu'il est normal que certains n'y retrouvent pas leurs petits.Lire la suite ›
J'ai connu ce groupe par Now, Diabolical et par The Age of Nero, donc je ne suis pas du tout déconcerté par ce nouvel opus que je trouve tout simplement génial et riche. Pour les avoir vu au Hellfest 2012 et plus récemment samedi dernier, lors de leur super concert à Vannes, je dois dire que leur prestation est pleine d'énergie, d'ambiance mid-tempo, black. J'adore.
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Satricon Review17 septembre 2013
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Satyricon have definitely progressed a lot over the years. Some of it I have loved while others not so much. Which albums you would love depends on what your tastes are. I wasn't a big fan of the first three albums. Instead, I preferred Volcano and Rebel Extravaganza. The following two were luke warm to me so to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect with this release. Well, here it is.
Like Volcano, this release is going to take time to grow; however, so far it is proving to be a very solid release. This is an album which is best heard through headphones. It is at times spacey, while at other times it has a very doom, sludge thing going. It has all the signatures of Satyricon while venturing into other musical areas.
The production is perfect. Each instrument is accented perfectly. The recording has a very warm feel to it.
This is not a Black Metal album. Whatever black metal influence they had has long since past so if you are expecting something more traditional then don't bother. This is rather progressive. The closest I can compare it to is Volcano.
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"Satyricon"17 septembre 2013
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In the world of metal a self-titled album can mean a few things, either a band is running out of ideas or they have recorded a record which captures the spirit of their music. While many "black metal elitists" out their will say the former is true for this record I have to strongly disagree as Satyricon is probably their strongest release since 2002's Volcano, even though I loved both Now, Diabolical and The Age of Nero! Anyway onto the review, Satyricon is an album that greets us with its thunderous analog production which is something we have not had in a long time, which is a good thing because analog production brings out the guitar tones and the drums a lot better than the modern day digital production we have become accustom to.
When the thunder of the opening instrumental Voice of Shadows marched its way through my ears it became apparent to me that this album was going to be much more mellow and laid back than any of the bands previous releases, which isn't a bad thing. The mellow and laid back approach Satyr and Frost took with this record allows for some of the most emotional moments you will ever hear from them. From the melodic Tro og Kraft, the doomy cries of Nocturnal Flare, to the sweeping grace that is The Infinity of Time and Space the album just hits you with emotion and atmosphere! However, there is a song on this record that will take all black metal fans by surprise on their first listen of Satyricon, and that song is Phoenix sung by Sivert Høyem of the Norwegian rock band Madrugada. Sivert's clean vocals will be taken as blasphemy by many black metal elitists, while I myself see it as a great change of pace, it calms the mind after hearing the anthem Nocturnal Flare, and when your guard is down you shall be smacked in the face by the aggressive might of Walker Upon the Wind.
Overall, Satyricon is a solid release and one which should be approached with a open mind, do not come here expecting Nemesis Divina part 2 or a continuation of The Age of Nero, if you do you will be sorely disappointed! However, those that do listen to this album with an open mind will be in for a treat!
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A Continuous Evolution19 septembre 2013
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Satyricon shows that they have much more up their sleeves than you may think. There are many layers to Frost and Satyr to unwrap. Detractors, keep in mind that Satyr mentioned countless times that this new record would be different from anything they've done before. If you're expecting Nemesis Divina II or a follow-up to Rebel Extravaganza, you're going to be gravely disappointed. But let's face it, those albums have been done already - and they're classics. Appreciate them for what they are. In its own unique way, this record will be up there with the Satyricon classics, but the listener has to be willing to be challenged. In many respects, Satyricon's songs's are variations among a theme, and this doesn't change on the current record. There is theme here, not of anger, as with previous records, but of melancholy, thought on culture today, and sadness. The music on this record is a reflection of Norway's culture, which is filled with sadness and deep contemplation as of late. Yet, at the same time, there is the inkling of a rebirth - as in the track "Phoenix." While many have criticized this record on a cursory level, the reality is that one or two listens will not do the record justice. Frost's drumming is there - it's just not as "in your face" as it has been in the past. Frost is giving you something, then taking it away - just at the right time - then giving it to you again. He's not dishing everything out all at once. You have to listen beneath the surface. In this respect, you can feel his passion and the ebb and flow of the battery, meshed in harmony with Satyr's guitar and vocals. For many who are expecting the disharmony present in past records - beware - this is a new endeavor for Satyricon and for black metal in general, but look at it as a new iteration in a continuous evolution. The cold days of 1990-1995 are behind us. Relish what those years gave us, but also understand that Norway is changing and the changes in the Norwegian environment and culture are reflected in this record. In that respect this record perfectly captures a moment in a time, which is what great records do. When you give these tracks a chance to take you over and understand that Satyricon are not living in the past (and they shouldn't have to) you come to realize that power and majesty of what they've come to create.
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A mostly successful black metal experiment8 janvier 2014
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Ten years and four albums after discovering life beyond the blast beat, Satyricon return with what is quite possibly their most experimental outing to date. It is not surprising that this eponymous 2013 effort continues in the same vein as 2003's "Volcano," 2006's "Now, Diabolical," and 2009's "Age Of Nero," but it is surprising that it is almost every bit as good as each of those albums. But hey, then again, the Norwegian exports couldn't suck even if they tried to.
"Satyricon" is such a departure from the norm that first-time listeners who come to the album might never expects that this is from the band that used to be a one-dimensionally brutal black metal band in the same vein as Mayhem and early Immortal. But before you get your knickers all up in a twist just yet, realize that this record does still retain several of the same attributes that made previous releases great, including groove-oriented rhythms, raw-sounding drums, furious, skin-crawling vocals, and even a few songs that are brutal enough to rival anything heard on Satyricon's early material.
The album's terrifically ominous and foreboding intro number ("Voice Of Shadows") gives way to the more traditional-sounding "Tro Og Kraft," which finds looming guitar harmonies and darkly doomy riffs anchored by motoring, double-time drum thudding. And, naturally, the whole thing is topped off by Satyr's brutal and dissonantly snarly black metal vocals. And the very aptly-entitled "Our World, It Rumbles Tonight" is even more scorching still, what with its buzzsaw-fast guitar crunch and machine gun drumming.
"Phoenix" finds some really creepy melodies -- in the form of "Monotheist"-era Celtic Frost-esque clean backing vocals -- entering the mix, and does so to really memorable and excellent effect. "Walker Upon The Wind" is again fast and brutal, as it backs a blazing riff with driving blast beats and double bass rolls. The number does traffic in a slow breakdown near its end, sure, but it is just a matter of seconds before it returns to blistering speed and Slayer-esque picking. Then, following the significantly more mid-tempo and groove-oriented approach taken on "Nekrohaven," the band again explores their aggressive and brutal roots, backing a biting thrash riff with solid double kick drumming in "Ageless Northern Spirit." It is songs like this one that are a nice touch and a welcome inclusion, thus helping to ensure that the album does not get too slow or predictable.
And "Ageless..." actually sets the stage perfectly for the record's most experimental and progressive note in "The Infinity Of Time And Space." It might not seem like this should be the time for such a song to enter the fray, but it actually makes perfect sense once you have heard it. "Infinity" very deftly balances brutal black metal and bright melodies, including even going so far as to drop in the use of some gorgeously proggy, acoustic-plucked guitars! There is a portentously droning, churning, and industrial-strength guitar line coursing throughout the song's center, too, thus helping to support its backbone and locomotive energy. And the album wraps up by once again nodding towards its experimental and restrained side with the terrifically brooding, neck-hair-raising set closer that is "Natt."
It would have been so easy to pan this album, to totally rip it apart limb by limb and say that it is the sound of a band completely alienating their loyal fan base. (After all, the record does contain an overly polished production job, with smoothed-down corners and a drum sound that evokes cardboard friggin' boxes!) But instead of doing that, this reviewer would instead like to applaud the fact that Satyricon attempted something so boldly new and innovative, and did so to mostly successful effect, I might add. As a result, they have crafted one of the most interesting, well-rounded, and accomplished chapters in their career.
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Yes!22 septembre 2013
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To keep it short, this album exceeded all my expectations. Everything about it is pure Satyricon perfection. The song structure and production are all that Satyr said it would be. This album just delivers on so many levels and is truly worthy of being titled Satyricon.