Satyricon Deliver Their Dark Kiss Of Death With 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep'
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21st September 2017

jools green
Jools Green


Formed in Oslo in 1991, Satyricon have always been at the cutting edge of Black Metal, from their ground breaking third album, 1996s widely acclaimed 'Nemesis Divina', to the stripped back and seething 'Now, Diabolical' in 2006.

Back with their ninth, 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep', an album that has been nearly three years in the making, something that shows in both the album content and sound, the Norwegian duo have powerfully reinvented and revamped their signature sound.

Satyr explains:

"I think this is a totally different record. It's not a continuation or the next step. This is day one of a new chapter.

"Approaching this record, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it's gonna be my last record. If this is going to be the last one then it needs to be something special. If there are more records, then I'd better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.

"There was no relationship whatsoever between 'Nemesis Divina' and 'Rebel Extravaganza', and I feel the same way with this one. It's completely different.

"To sum it up in a more straightforward way, this is an immensely powerful record. I think it's really, really dark and very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.

The way that I see it is that for any art, be it Satyricon or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well. If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won't stay with you.

"So the title is saying, 'From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener...' If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."


So how does it actually sound? Well it's unmistakably Satyricon, with Frost's precise and skilled battery and Satyr's scathing vocal delivery, a consistent mid-pace offering that focusses predominantly on guitars, drums and vocals but with subtle extra elements that add depth and texture, rounding the sound without softening and giving a sophisticated edge.

These come from the addition of some members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra who add violin, cello, contrabassoon and bass clarinet as well as jazz saxophone and there's also a contribution by opera tenor Håkon Kornstad on 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep' and 'The Ghost Of Rome'. Also, Anders Odden of Cadaver adds extra depth with additional rhythm guitars and bass and the result is really quite spectacular.

As Satyr says, it is a deep album and I'm you'll keep on discovering more with each listen, particularly as you delve into and consider the lyrical content, which with each play through sounds better and better.

The deceptive depth continues with the clever choice of artwork, 'Dødskyss' or 'Kiss Of Death' by Edvard Munch, a cleverly unassuming piece which initially looks sparse and simplistic but the more you delve into it's construction, the more complex, disturbing and intriguing it becomes as it's hidden depths reveal themselves to you, much like this album.

photocredit: Marius Viken

Midnight Serpent
Blood Cracks Open The Ground
To Your Brethren In The Dark
Deep Calleth Upon Deep
The Ghost Of Rome
Black Wings And Withering Gloom
Burial Rite

'Deep calleth Upon Deep' is an album that will endure the test of time. You won't tire of it and it will grow on you as you discover the hidden layers to the content. Each track is different and has it's own merits that will allow it to stand alone but equally stand alongside it's counterparts.

Available from Napalm Records as CD, Digital and 12" vinyl tomorrow, Friday 22nd September 2017.


Satyricon also released 'To Your Brethren In The Dark' recently and Satyr tells us:

"'To Your Brethren In The Dark' is definitely one of the flagship songs on the record. This is about emotion, our nature, the spirits, the autumn, the sombre and rainy days, those who we lost and the ones who we have not met yet.

"You could say it is a tribute to the sorrow in man and to the drama of the nature we surround ourselves with. A song for the dark towers of the past and those who will rise in the future. Pass the torch to your brethren in the dark."

Satyricon tour dates are:

Sunday 24th September: Hamburg, Grunspan, Germany
Monday 25th September: Essen, Turock, Germany
Tuesday 26th September: Tilburg, 013, Netherlands
Wednesday 27th September: Vosselaar, Biebob, Belgium
Friday 29th September: London, Heaven, UK
Saturday 30th September: Paris, La Maroquinerie, France
Sunday 1st October: Nantes, MJC De Reze, France
Monday 2nd October: Toulouse, Le Metronum, France
Wednesday 4th October: Madrid, Sala But, Spain
Thursday 5th October: Barcelona, Razzamatazz, Spain
Friday 6th October: Mentpellier, Rockstore, France
Saturday 7th October: Bologna, Zona Roveri, Italy
Monday 9th October: Zurich, Dynamo, Switzerland
Tuesday 10th October: Munich, Backstage Halle, Germany
Wednesday 11th October: Vienna, Szene, Austria
Thursday 12th October: Prague, Akropolis, Czech Republic
Saturday 14th October: Krakow, Kwadrat, Poland
Sunday 15th October: Warsaw, Progresja, Poland
Monday 16th October: Berlin, SO36, Germany
Tuesday 17th October: Copenhagen, Pumpehuset, Denmark
Thursday 19th October: Aarhus, Train, Denmark
Friday 20th October: Gothenburg, Pustervik, Sweden
Saturday 21st October: Stockholm, Klubben, Sweden


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