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The Shadowthrone

Satyricon Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Moonfog
  • ASIN: B000024W58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hvite Krists Dod
2. In The Mist By The Hills
3. Woods To Eternity
4. Vikingland
5. Dominions Of Satyricon
6. The King Of The Shadowthrone
7. I En Svart Kiste

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Norwegian album 3 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Early stuff which stands out just as well as their later stuff,and for different reasons-A very raw sounding album which delivers that distinctive Satyicon feel that is theirs alone, yet is still true to the Norwegian Black Metal scene.Vikingland & Dominions of Satyricon stand out the most.A great Viking & Pagan sounding album ...class
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
'The Shadowthrone' has a centrifugal sense of gathering power. I was stunned by the power of this album when I heard it in '95, and it still has the power to inspire me today. 'Woods to Eternity' makes the hairs on the back on my neck stand up. This even more than Darkthrone or Burzum's efforts was the album that made me want to start learning Norwegian, and heightened my interest in languages in general (for the ignorant who think that metal has no educational value). The solemn chants, the power, the mystery, the sense of readiness for battle...this is one of the classic works to come from the Norwegian Black Metal explosion - classic in the sense that it hasn't aged a bit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme,raw & worth every penny!! 7 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Satyricons early works.Although the production is very raw,they have some brilliant idea's.What makes an album for me is when u can lay down & it makes u think & this album sure makes me do this.Its almost a mix of norweigen folk & blasts beats! Strange but it works!! Erm?? i only have this on tape...think im gonna have 2 buy it now!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 27 Aug 2013
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I Came back to this album after leaving it on teh shelf for awhile... It was not until i listened to a differant "Black Metal" album that i was so disapointed in, that i decided to listn to this masterpeice to remember why i love this genre so much.

This album is an absolute classic, and very underrated!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satyricon's best release.. 30 Mar 2003
By en norsk kis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is raging, cold black metal, with a medieval touch of acoustic guitars and choirs. Very atmospheric...
Satyr's vocals have never topped the vocals he's got on this masterpiece. Grim, rasping and hateful, just like it should be.
"Hvite krists dod" is a black metal classic with its brilliant, straightforward lylics and killer riffs.
The amazing thing about Satyricon is that they use synth and acoustic guitars, but they still manage to maintain the brutal old school-feeling.
If you like this also try Ulver - Bergtatt
(It's even better!!)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...... 14 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The Shadowthrone" is the 2nd chapter in Satyr's story of conquest. He's already conquered the dark castle in the deep forest and is now on a quest to gain control of the Shadowthrone, before he summons the powers of hell to conquer the world with.
This album is my favorite from Satyricon. It is an epic, monstrous piece of work. The Norwegian influences are also here. Out of all the band's albums, this is their most melodic and atmospheric (next to "Dark Medieval Times"). Ah yes, amazing Black Metal this is.
The record kicks off with "Hvite Krists Død", which starts off with a menacing growl for the first few seconds and kicks into a driving, pummeling rhythm. During the last couple minutes, you also hear Satyr and his army of gothic warriors singing Norwegian blasphemous chants as they march through the forest (Yes, Satyr actually SINGS in this album!). "In The Mist By The Hills", starts off with a cool guitar riff and slowly gets faster from there, until it finally kicks into a fast blast beat, where you can almost picture a battle in the dark forest.
"Woods To Eternity" is a very atmospheric song, which creates eerie atmospheric effects in the background over the ripping guitars and drums (as well as haunting acustic guitars). In "Vikingland", we hear Satyr shouting chants of war with a group of Vikings as they ride into battle through the forest (The choir is done by Satyr himself). Again, the lyrics are Norwegian. The ending even has Satyr moaning in a very deep, haunting, melodic tone.
"Dominions Of Satyricon" begins with the beatings of war drums and then kicks into a grooving beat with great guitars. You can almost picture Satyr marching into the domains with his army to reclaim the homeland, with the intense battles being illustrated in the faster parts (including the hyper-speed blast beats before the ending part). After the fight, Satyr summons the northern spirit to protect his lands while he goes to battle for the power of the Shadowthrone, and that's when "The King Of The Shadowthrone" kicks in (it's also my favorite song on the whole album). This is when he puts up a fight with the king of the throne to claim it for himself. When the beautiful folk guitar kicks in and Satyr says, "I am spirit, I am stone, and I am immortal", you know he has won the fight, and thus became the new king of the Shadowthrone.
Finally, the album closes with "I En Svart Kiste" (which translates to "In A Black Casket"). This is the most beautiful work Satyr has ever composed. Due to the name, it can be best described as a feunral theme. I personally think that the album would not be complete without it. There is not much in words that can describe it's gloomy, melancholic beauty.
Satyr's vocals are more similar to "Dark Medieval Times", but this is the only album from him so far that features melodic singing from him. It's quite beautiful and fits the atmosphere well, just as his raspy growl fits more intense parts. His guitar work (along with Samoth's) is also quite technical and fast here. Frost is AMAZING at the drums and percussion, as usual. It also helps to give the songs a more chaotic (when a battle is meant to be illustrated, that is) and atmospheric feel. The keyboards are also the best of all Satyr's works.
The production is good. The sound is a little thin ("Dark Medieval Times", despite the fact it has the worst production out of all Satyricon records, had a thicker sound), but it is still very listenable. The guitar is jagged, the bass is audible, and the drums are always there for the ears. The mixing is also near perfect.
The music itself is epic, well-crafted, dark, beautiful, and complex. Not dizzyingly complex like Dream Theater or Cradle of Filth, but complex none the less. There are strong Viking influences in this album, as well as a touch of Norwegian folk (especially in "The King of the Shadowthrone").
All in all, an AMAZING Black Metal piece no fan of the genre should be left without.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant release from Satyr and Frost 18 Mar 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is sometimes considered the quintessential Satyricon release (myself, I prefer Dark Medieval Times, but this album is a CLOSE second,) and it certainly is marvellous. And unlike Emperor, Satyricon were able to create a sevond full-length album that was more epic than the first, without being pompous and melo-dramatic. Where DMT was more folk/medieval, this album is conspicuously more Viking metall-ish. There is even a Viking metal song to be found on this disc (the aptly-titled "Vikingland") The musicianship is tighter on this release, and the song-writing is slightly less minimalistic (which some consider to be an improvement.) Satyr's vocals are also amazing, being very fierce and raspy, yet not overly so. Frost gives another astounding performance. There seems to be just slightly less of an emphasis on the use of the acoustic guitar on this album, as compared to DMT, and to regain the balance, there is a slightly higher use of keyboards, for ambience and atmosphere. Satyr even experiments a bit with some clean vocalled passages! And he conquers these quite well, too. Lyrically, this album follows the pattern of DMT, in that about half of the songs are written in English, and half in their native Norwegian (not sure if this is modern Norwegian or archaic Norwegian, though.)

Of particular note is perhaps Satyr's finest composition to date, the album closer "I En Svarte Kiste," which translates to something along the lines of "In the Black Casket." This track is an all-keyboard instrumental funeral dirge, and it is amazing. It begins with ambient synth lines, and then progresses to a keyboarded horn passage, and ends with several minutes of an organ passage. This track makes it imminently clear where Satyr would be heading with his side-project "Wongraven." Worth the cost of the album alone.

In short, this album, along with DMT, has helped greatly to define early-90's Norwegian black metal. Unfortunately, these releases have since been (unjustly) overshadowed by bands like Mayhem, Emperor, and Darkthrone, which are great bands in their own right, but I can't help but think their reputations have done more for them than their actual musical recordings. Either way, this album is essential for all bm fans, and even those non-BM fans looking for something a little different.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so in tune with this album 12 July 2006
By Electro-Industrial madness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I listen to this cd I am healed of anger, sadness, depression, aches of any sort. The power displayed on this cd is incredible and always refreshes my senses when I listen to it. There is no Black Metal album quite like it. I can imagine myself in a dark, misty forest at night feeling the beautiful Norwegian winds upon my flesh as the night blackens and the strength of darkness burns deep in my lonely yet contempt heart, searching no battles, only grasping the night's beauty to fulfil my dark desires of renewing the Earth's once had natural life, at least in my desperate mind which eternally hungers for that natural dark beauty once existant ages ago.

That is what this album does for me.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Black metal Classic 20 Mar 2006
By Igar The Terrible - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
_The Shadowthrone_ and _Dark Medival Times_ are true Black metal classics. This, and _Hvis Lyset Tar Oss_ by Burzum, were my introduction to black metal, and I can't say that I could have found a better place to start. The whole album is as cold as ice, from the Battle cry that opens the album to the funeral sythn ending. If you've just discovered satyricon, you could pick this up but I'd recommend getting _Nemesis Divinia_ before picking this up. I say that because _Nemesis Divinia_ is the bands most famous record. And It is an easier introduction to this band overall.

But if your already fammiliar to satyricon and/or black metal Pick this up now! And for those of who like bands like Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir, go out and listen to some of the bands that made the bands you like what they are today.

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