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  • My thoughts won’t be for this album in particular, but for all the new black metal musical direction. Many bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, Arcturus, Kovenant, Ulver, Thorns, have set sail to a kind of avant-garde musical expression, and Satyricon is in the front waging the flag. I love the old school black metal, the washed out and harsh recordings done overnight in a necrohell 4-track machine, but you can only keep pushing the cart for so long. It gets to a point where it may get boring seeing the outbreak of mediocre imitators that lack completely the essence of true black metal – which for me is simply express a deep feeling of anger, dispair and nihilism, no matter the musical form. Sooner or later you have to stop kicking the same dead horse, and take on a new approach, and that new approach is what you see in this work from Satyricon, and from many of the extremely skilled norwegian black metallers. A modern sound, keeping the familiar touch of grimness and coldness I have always loved, without falling into the cliche trends of techno and other stuff, that even though is valid, some bands just abuse of those resources.

    So, all in all, I fully embrace this new approach from all these guys, not only Satyricon: a fresh sound, a break from the boring music being released nowadays.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Yes, this is my first Satyricon album and it certaintly won’t be my last. Overall the cd is very good but sadly Satyricon seems to be heading towards a more mainstream approach similar to Cradle of Filth. Some of the songs have a nu-metal vibe to them and that is my main disappointment with this cd. Despite that, Volcano still has a more underground sound than COF or Dimmu’s latest so hopefully they will hang on to that for their next album. Other than that its quite good and if your looking for some more modern black metal then be sure to pick this up.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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…

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “ON MY SIGNAL…..UNLEASH HELL” 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.

    Posted on December 4, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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

    Posted on December 3, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now