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2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing after a 5 year absence, 16 Sep 2013
Been a fan of Satyricon for over 6 years now and their first four albums are some of the finest Norwegian Black metal ever made. Volcano was ok but then came 'Now Diabolical' which was a somewhat radio friendly take on Black metal influences. 'The Age of Nero' and this album they have continued this more Hard Rock/accessible sound, so this is just a summary of what to expect when you hear this record.
The album certainly has its finer moments such as the catchy riff on 'Tro Og Kraft' and even the rather unexpected ballad 'Phoenix' with Clean guest vocals. 'Walker Upon the Wind' is the track that is most like their older work. So aside from all that, the album has many duller/samey moments that feel uninspired, just thrown into the mix to just keep the music going. There is just no sense of direction on this album. No climaxes, build-ups, anything. The music lacks the passion of what they are doing in 2013, 20 years on from their debut. Surely that is the most important thing with them, the band sounding like they're really enjoying what they are doing, but they don't at all. Any true Satyricon fan knows just how amazing Frost really is on drums yet that is rarely heard on this record. That seems to be their biggest focus now, straying away from their older style to extreme lengths. So then where will all the original fanbase be? I agree that bands should change their sound up a bit eventually but to this degree just doesn't feel right.
I don't consider them a Black metal band any more. If you are new to Satyricon do buy all their 90s albums you won't regret it, but this does not represent their finest work. You may also want to check out Frost's other band '1349' who are a fantastic modern Black metal band.
No idea where Satyricon will go from here, but I will not be giving this album repeated listens, and I may not purchase their next album. They had alot more potential than this.