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Although Volcano begins with a predictable Gladiator sample ("At my signal, unleash hell"), the lyrics deal chiefly with bloody mayhem and mankind's considerable failings, the music is remorselessly pulverising: Satyricon makes a true effort to up the ante. For a two-man band, Satyricon certainly know how to bring the noise. With just Satyr Wongraven providing vocals and all instrumentation, and Frost limiting himself to percussion--though such is the power and depth of his percussion, perhaps "limiting" is the wrong word to use--they do kick up a purposefully unholy racket. But then you'd expect that from a Norwegian Black Metal band, wouldn't you? What you certainly wouldn't expect is the subtlety of the work here. Thus snatches of keyboards, cellos and choirs are tastefully added, beautifully timed to maximise the already extreme drama. There are also clever changes of pace and tone--"Fuel for Hatred" has a punky, Stooges feel, "Suffering the Tyrants" features a slow snarl, while the storming "Mental Mercury" boasts an impressively cold-hearted talkover from Anja Garbarek, who appears again, in slinky Siouxsie mode, during "Black Lava". This, a 14-minute epic that's both crushing and hypnotic. It's surely the finest album-closer of the year. If you like your metal black and bitter, you will love Satyricon. --Dominic Wills
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I have heard some excerpts from black metal before, and the typical screaming harsh black metal vocal had previously seemed rather comical to me. However, after listening though "Volcano" a couple of times, I have now gotten used to it, and I've come to respect how much anger and hatred Satyr manages to convey just through his voice. Another thing you'll notice quite early is Frost's furious drumming. Such energy!
This album seems to suit both black metal novices as well as veterans. If you like some heavy drumming, great riffs, angry lyrics and in general quality metal, this record is for you. If you're not familiar with black metal, don't let the general impression you might have of the black metal scene scare you off. If you're a hardnened black metaller, don't let the fact that "Fuel for Hatred" was played on Norwegian radio scare you off. It's just as full of hate, anger and atmosphere as you'd expect from Satyricon, but with a cleaner production than for example "Nemesis Divina", making it more accessible for others.
1) With Ravenous Hunger, a quiet intro, followed by some immense drumming and riffing. Satyr then begins and we get a huge song, with a chorus to die for.
2) Angstridden, Slower than track 1, but equally as good.
3) Fuel for Hatred, without any shadow of a doubt, this IS and ALWAYS will be the best black metal anthem ever written. Featuring stacatoed riffing in the chorus and one of the catchiest choruses of all time. The slow part in the centre compliments the fast verse/chorus combination perfectly.
4) Suffering the Tyrants, in my opinion this song is placed to slow the listener down, as this album isn't as fast as previous releases. Full of more doom esq riffing, this doesn't detract from the song.
5) Possessed, Probably the weakest song on the album (but still better than any other black metal release since rebel extravaganza).
6) Repined B@stard Nation, another song of anthemic quality, in which Satyr vents his spleen, before an old school black metal riifing solo kicks in.
7) Mental Mercury, one for the pure black metal fans, going back to the good old days.
8) Black Lava, a 15 minute long end to the album (perhaps a little too long), reminds me a lot of rebel extravaganza, but the perfect album closer.
Buy this album and you will never regret it (it also kicks butt live too)
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The album has a few progressive tints scattered throughout the song structures, but it's mostly minimalistic black metal with a few hard rock and thrash elements. The songs are a bit doomier/slower as well as more expansive, dragging you through some twisted chord progressions that cut like sharp rocks. This is by no means how I imagined Satyricon's EUM debut, and I rather like it. You don't have to atonally grind for an album to reflect an attitude that doesn't accept compromise.
This album starts out with the song "With Ravenous Hunger," a fitting opener. It begins with some alternating growls and hair-raising spoken-word verses by Satyr, laid over some sharp arrangements featuring intelligent use of melody.
The second track, bearing the silly name "angstridden," kind of shambles along and introduces some female vocals into the mix. I can't remember her name, but she's apparently the daughter of some esteemed Jazz musician. Anyway, her vocals are fragile, yet darkly mysterious. And yes, I do know what a cliche it is to describe female vocals with those adjectives. The song eventually gives way to some chilling keyboard meanderings at the end. (Don't think Dimmu.)
"Fuel For Hatred" is the most controversial track. People say it was added simply for the purpose of a "hit single," and that it's musically simple. And yes, it is. But to that I say, so what? It recalls the days of Celtic Frost and Bathory, in some ways. And Frosts's fluttering double-bass is always fun to listen to.
"Suffering the Tyrant" is pretty nondescript the first few listens. Lots of seemingly random spoken-word parts, and some nice vitriolic hisses by Satyr as usual. "Possessed" is another thrasher in vein of "Fuel...," and unlike the aforementioned song, is quite interesting structurally. "Repined Bastard Nation" is one of my favorites, with some sharp hooks and venemous vocals.
"Mental Mercury" is trance inducing, with some intentionally monotonous grinding passages that lead into lush tremolo melodies. It slows down to a hypnotic crawl, before being engulfed in chiming keyboards.
"Grey heavens!... No light shed!" Satyr snarls, initiating the 15 minute epic, "Black lava." It's very tiring to listen to, and as repetitive as you hear. It brings to mind being trapped on the side of a magma-drenched mountain. War drums(!)and incredible female vocals attribute to an early sense of variety, before one riff obsessively maintains for several minutes. I'm afraid describing the song does in no justice, since its strength lays in the repetition. That fact Satyr pulls off what even Varg has had trouble doing is intriguing.
If you're a fan of black metal, or metal in general, I highly recommend anything Satyricon has done. (Especially Dark Medieval Times.) Disregard the simple-minded, black metal doesn't mean releasing the same album over and over again.
- Thus says the Pellington
and with those words one of my favorite albums begins. This is my favorite satyricon reconrd next to Nemesis Divina. Sure the guitar wor is slower and the sound is alot clearer then previous Satyricon releases but still an incredible album. Satyr is a musical genius, He handles all vocal,lyric,synth,bass,guitar work for satyricon the other member of satyricon, Frost, right now hes one of my favorite drummers. This might be his best satyricon album. Here is the problem people seem to have with this album. Its there 1st on a major record label which is owned by the guitarist from the well known nu-metal band system of a down. I say, so frigging what hes not making the damn album so don't judge it by that. My favorite tracks off of "volcano" would be Fuel for hatred, repined (...) natin and mental mercury.
extra features includes the unedited banned version of the video for "fuel for hatred" I hope this review could help you on this certain album, enjoy.
This is Satyr & Frost's most minimalist effort, and for the most part has a 'black'n'roll' feel to it, not unlike Darkthrone's "Total Death" album from 10 years ago... yet definitely not a copy.
The production is surprisingly clean (possibly due to major label budget - Satyricon went corporate with this release) which helps the album along significantly, lending clarity to the sound and a cold edge to Satyr's nasty little growls.
Some very fitting and well-performed female vocals poke their way in on a few occasions (most notably on "Angstridden" and "Black Lava") and really do set the tone for the movements in which they're used.
Song picks here would be the two mentioned above, as well as "Mental Mercury" for having an ending that simply blew my head off - one of the best uses of repetition I've heard in the genre, ever.
This is definitely the highlight of Satyricon's catalogue, and a must-have for any fans of straight-forward 'blackened' metal without the bells and whistles that many other bands have made use of.