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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute
  • ASIN: B000075AKA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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've long had a liking towards heavy metal (though I wouldn't call myself a fan), but I thought of black metal as a reserved genre for the more extreme individuals in our society. I checked out "Volcano" as Satyricon recieved a nomination for it for "Spellemansprisen", which is the Norwegian equivalent (although a miniature in comparison) of the Grammy.
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.
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If you like Black Metal in any or it's various forms, i can honestly say that you will like this album. In fact, if you are vaguely interested in amazing, amazingly heavy, music of any kind you will be blown away by it. This is because Satyricon somehow achieve the impossible of being insanely heavy but also highly listenable at the same time, especially on 'Fuel for Hatred', don't worry, it's still brutal and ugly, but at the same time it is also a little bit beatiful- a bit like the pretty snake on the cover?
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I have been a Satyricon fan for about almost two years now, i got into them through a magazine giving the album 'Now Diabolical' a 5 star rating. I checked it out. . . Next thing i know im going to see them live and this album was swiftly in my hands, after buying the rest of there albums i listened to them all thoroughly. This album has to be my favourite album in the entire world. I would reccommend this album to any metal fan, whether or not you like black metal. I wouldnt even say this album was black metal, this album was the bridge between there new sound and there old sound. Elitists may think that they have betrayed the original sounds of black metal but i say if there making albums as good as this one then they can carry on for all I care. Constant double bass drumming throughout the songs, amazingly created riffs, the vocals to wash you away. Satyr and Frost couldn't have made a better album.

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Having been a Satyricon fan since i first heard them in 2000 supporting pantera in Manchester (and subsequently buying their back catalogue within the week), my anticipation for this release was greater than anything else. So, what did i get for my money......
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental black metal release 9 Feb. 2006
By See about me - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Satyr's a lucky guy. Satyricon is the first black metal band to get a major label release, and they remain 100% in control of the direction of their music and artistic presence. Before the release of this album, I read an interview with Satyr-- He came off as highly pretentious, calling his new work "state-of-the-art black metal..." But after finally listening to Volcano, I can't say I can disagree with him. Being a relatively mainstream release, I can imagine not only Burzum-obsessed 17-year olds shunning Volcano, but I don't see CoF and Dimmu-worshipping symphonic black metal fans embracing this any time soon either. Their loss.

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
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible black metal album 18 July 2004
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sellout? No f-ing way 23 July 2004
By Chet Fakir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every time a band tries something somewhat new or even slightly different the unimaginative fans start screaming sell-out. How in hell does a black metal band sell-out anyway, I'd really like to know. Do they start singing about beer and girls? Or perhaps they start endorsing cell phone companies, they'll all satanic anyway right? Or maybe they start writing love songs with rap breakdowns in the middle. "Yo man lets get a DJ, that'll help sell our CDs to the kids yo!" Well Satyricon don't do any of those things on Volcano. What they do is play some great dark as f*ck metal. No, its not as fast as some of their previous work but its heavy, grim and cold. Satyr is an excellent black metal songwriter and Frost is one of the best drummers in the genre. Is this their best album? No, some of the songs could have used editing: Black Lava is 14 minutes long, it drags after a bit (still got some good riffs and atmosphere). Suffering the Tyrants, Possessed and Fuel for Hatred all shred. Volcano is a very solid effort, but not a masterpiece. Buy it and be happy that Satyricon is still putting out excellent material.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD 17 Jun. 2006
By J. Harwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
first off to the idiots that think they are to cool to listen to this just cuz its missing a few elements of "true" black metal you are ignorant cuz Satyricon has always been in the 2nd wave of Black metal with bands such as Marduk, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Immortal, Carpathian Forest, and many of the others. just cuz they wanted expand their musical horizons isnt a bad thing. i mean why would you want a cd that sounds exactly like the last...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satyricon's Finest Hour 25 July 2006
By Cognitive Dissonance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And yet another band pulls itself out of the typical black metal cycle (in which, basically, everyone does the exact same thing they did in 1994) only to be called sell-outs. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Hmm... if this is selling out, then I hope everyone starts doing it.

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.
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