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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bubbling potential
What is this beast that is named Satyricon that morphs so before our eyes? That cause certain insignificants to mess their pampers and cry to their mummy and facebook friend that what they see before them isn't black metal?

Musically speaking Satyricon are all over the place; pummelling BM, Cult of Luna style epic, almost pop like breaks all sprinkled with a...
Published 12 months ago by Anoosh Falak Rafat

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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish
I'm not one who wishes for a return to the sound of Dark Medieval Times, I don't write on forums as ChristKrusher 666 and only listen to bands that wear 8 bullet belts, nor do I dislike the latter period Satyricon. The recent albums have become less interesting with each release, albeit with a corker or two on each. My Skin Is Cold was a straight up modern BM classic,...
Published 11 months ago by Mr. S. Smith


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK., 25 Sep 2013
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I felt compelled to write this review as i had heard in a statement from the band that this is a self titled album due to the fact it was what Satyricon really stood for. - if so then what was all of the Brilliant early to mid 90's stuff?

Really the reason i write this is to implore any new comers to Satyricon to go for the first three albums, as this album is a rock album not a black metal release, but then again perhaps this is what they always wanted to create, after all it is a self titled album for a reason??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will test fanbase, 21 Sep 2013
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Evolution is part of life as it is with music. For how long can one band continue to release the same album over and over again before even the most devoted fan just screams out for something different. Then there is the flip side . The moment when a band changes so much that you no longer recognise your long cherished musical heroes as you did when you first heard them. Satyricon have now crossed into this unknown realm in their 5 year absence and now that they have returned the have left a large part of who they were behind them. As to this being a good or bad thing remains still a mystery. If any of you recall the heritage album by opeth which for some fan a masterpiece and for others a disaster this i how you may feel after hearing satyricon. Some elements still remain. Satyr's snarled vocals being the mort promenant. Except for 1 song with clean vocals which people seem to like. I did not. Lets hope that the band does not use this track as a portent of any future releases. This is a cd that needs a bit of time to grasp if you are willing and have the time. Others however will see this as a one time play only. Lets face it there have been a lot better albums released this year and satyricon is not going to make any ones top 10 release of 2013. However it is not all bad news personally i think the album is good but not very good. The album feels lazy in many places and if you like black metal with ripping guitar riffs you will not find many here. Truth be told this is not the same band that created the exceptional rebel extravaganza or nemesis devina. That satyricon died many years ago. But i think that the album should be listened to at least once just to see if they would be willing to embrace the changes. This album will divide fans for sure but at least it is not as bad as the heritage which had me giving up opeth for a time. One listen to satyricon will determine for sure if you are willing to give in to change and embrace the new satyricon. I still think it was not the worst album i have ever heard.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolution not Revolution, 19 Sep 2013
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Unlike a lot of Satyricon fans I only really heard the band around the time of Now Diabolical and instantly fell in love with the mix of straight forward rock and black metal. I have never been a massive fan of black metal but always found the musicianship incredible, Frosts drumming has always blown me away.
After hearing Now Diabolical I eagerly anticipated the Age of Nero and although it wasn't as good as their previous work I still thoroughly enjoyed it, the band further shifted themselves away from the black metal sound of their earlier albums and leaned more towards the 'black and roll' (as its casually been called) sound. So, after a very lengthy hiatus from the studio I was hugely interested to hear what Satyricon had produced, was it a return to their former sound or has it shifted further into rock territory?
Well, its neither really. Its certainly not a hark back to the black metal days, I think no matter how much the die hard fans want it, this will never happen. But there are tinges of black metal thrown in, 'Walker Upon the Wind', 'Ageless Northern Spirit' and 'The Infinity of Time and Space' are probably the closest thing you will hear to black metal these days from Satyricon and all 3 are stand out tracks on this album.
Then we have the other end of the Satyricon spectrum which they have really pushed into this album. The track that will get most criticised and polarise opinions is 'Phoenix' with its clean vocals and catchy chorus. Personally I really like this song and find it a stand out track on the otherwise plodding first half of the album. 'Natt', with its almost folksy metal feel will also get bashed by the black metal community but as an album closer it works well for me.
The album itself is a slow plodding mix of music, at first its tough to pick out great songs as nothing sort of 'blows you away' but after a few listens I've taken a shine to it although I don't think it really hits its stride until 'Phoenix', the first half of the album suffers from being too slow in my opinion and as an album opener 'Tro Og Kraft' (I'm not really counting the marching intro of 'Voice of Shadows' as an opening track)doesn't particularly work for me despite there being a fantastic riff hidden in there.
People will moan about the lack of black metal and question what has happened to the once kings of the black metal world but Satyricon have evolved into a really great rock band and this album is a real grower for me.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding effort!, 14 Oct 2013
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Alexei Zaitsev (Hamilton, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This album is a winner in my opinion, definitely the best they have done in years. After being slightly disappointed with the last one I was not too optimistic about the new album but decided to give it a chance. I am very glad that I did as this album deliver the goods and successfully covers various aspects of heavy music. I really hope that Satyricon will continue in this direction. Don't be put off by the negative reviews and check it out as soon as possible!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of goods, 15 Sep 2013
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Nicholas Green (London, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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Satyricon have been pushing boundaries for their past few albums and whilst the introduction of hard rock may have left people bewildered, their newest album follows the same tradition.

It's an album of two halves - from the slow and brooding opener "Voice of Shadows" right until the ballad "Phoenix" it sounds like Satyricon have found their forte. "Walker Upon The Wind" sees a lot chugging guitar riffs and blast beats, while there is some groove in there too. This becomes the second, and much heavier, half of the album.

I like the album. It has a lot of variation in it, but then again I don't think it will wow anybody. Each to their own.
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