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Satyricon- Rebel Extravaganza,
This review is from: Satyricon: Rebel Extravaganza (Audio CD)
It's amazing how much black metal has changed. A few years ago, they were all about the forest, and mythical fantasy stuff, and now, Satyricon release Rebel Extravaganza, which deals with urban myths, and even religion (!).
The songs on this are not typical to black metal at all, or at least not typical of Satyricon. With 3 instrumentals, and a remix, this is much different from before. There are also differences in the style of the music itself, as there is a lot of mid-paced stuff rather then all fast. The songs, Havoc Vulture, and Supersonic Journey showcase this fact, and they're both excellent songs.
The riffs go really well for the whole album, and there's an overall feel of consistency to the album, even with the instrumentals, which are well placed to give interludes and introductions to songs. The new-found futurism of the lyrics is also well reflected in the music, as Supersonic Journey shows. Although there are some killer fast patches, some of the slow bits are really good, with Frost showing how good he is on most tracks.
If you haven't heard them before, like I hadn't when i got this, then you might like it more then someone who has the whole back catalogue, as they might not like the change from the past into the future, but I don't think that it matters.
Another nail in the coffin of Black metal as it was known, along with the death metal transformations of Emeror and Immortal, and the maturity, and avantgarde tendencies of new Mayhem, the old guard seems to be changing, but i think that it will be for the better to see the whole fragmentation of the scene...
One to keep an eye on.