I have been a fan of Satyr and Frost since the beginning, Satyricon has done it again with Age of Nero!!! Every song is a work of art, this album is a Must Have for any Black Metal fan!!!!
Two CD Special Edition pressing of the Norwegian Metal band’s 2008 album includes a bonus CD with eight bonus tracks and two enhanced videos, housed in a four-panel digipak with spot-silver varnish. Largely written in a remote cabin deep in the Norwegian woods by Satyr in collaboration with his old friend Snorre Ruch (of Thornsl), it features eight of the heaviest songs in Satyricon’s history. From the unstoppable urgency that marks ’Black Crow On A Tombstone’ to the epic frenzy of ’Die By My Hand’ and the bleak nihilism of ’Den Siste’ – each title demands the utmost sonic intensity. This is Metal music in its most mature form – not as simple escapism or a form of anger management, but as a profound experience of what it’s like to live in the increasingly dark age ours has become. Roadrunner.
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Unmistakably Satyricon, same scales, similar speeds, very formulaic, fits right in with their other albums. But as always, they have some killer riffs and the execution just wants you to start head banging right away. I can only imagine how awesome it must be to see these guys touring for this album. I can totally see the whole crowd head banging and jumping up and down in sync cos its easy, no complex time signatures, straight forward, punchy, slow in your face riffs.
So why 4 stars and not 5. I had to cut one star because of recording quality. Based on Now Diabolical and Volcano, I had certain expectations for the recording quality of their new album. Satyricon has been one of the better recorded metal albums and Volcano has been one of my reference metal recordings. This album just sounds compressed, clips all over the place, there is no definition in the treble, the crashes are distorted, guitar isnt clear and punchy like their earlier albums. The whole thing sounds warmer, and distorted. I don’t know if this was intentional, but I much prefer the cleaner sound of their earlier albums.
If you like metal, all minor chords, and demonic vocals then this is for you. Satyricon has definitely progressed from their Nemesis Divina days into the Age of Nero. Blast beats are replaced more by Frost’s pounding double bass drums laying down a musical foundation of brutality. This combined with Satyr’s guitar and bass arrangements should make Satan tremble.
Simply put this latest album from satyricon is a masterpiece, in specific the opening track, commando, is a belting, hammering sonic blast unlike anything this band has done before. In fact I was not really a fan of their last few albums and had basically given up on them but this release has fixed all that. This is a great metal album that anyone could enjoy even if you don’t particularly care for black/death metal.
I’ve listened to this band since 1999, and always they are the paramount of black metal. A lot of people might disagree but this is my review. Anyway, this isn’t Nemesis Divina part two as most people would prefer, but it’s their heaviest record to date. Very catchy riffs, awesome drum sound, very thick and masculine, as well as the overall production. If you like the direction they have gone in ‘00 era, then you should not be disappointed.