Satyricon is a band that I followed fervently but lately they’ve become a mixed bag. I used to treasure their innovatively stripped down black metal attack but I haven’t heard anything interesting from them since 2006’s Now, Diabolical. In my mind, the Age of Nero (2008) and Satyricon (2013) were total flops and while I understand the challenges of musical progression, jumping on the band wagon and adding orchestral elements to your work just for the sake of it (Live at the Opera – 2015) is sad indeed. A bunch of people apparently liked this album but I thought it sucked. Now Satyricon has returned with a new effort, Deep Calleth Upon Deep, released last month via Napalm Records and I openly wondered would Stayricon recapture their greatness?
The short answer is no. This new record features some catchy tunes, following a simple pattern within complex drive, but I don’t care for the backing vocals on tracks like “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” or “The Ghost of Rome”. Although they don’t take away from the quality of the track, they are more of a distraction than an enhancement. Highlight tracks for me are “Midnight Serpent”, “Blood Cracks the Open Ground”, and “Dissonant”.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep is another uneven effort from Satyricon. There are some worthy tracks on this record and the drumming is superb but I can’t help but think this is Satyricon trying to sound trendy. This sound and style might be current but it’s a step back for a band like Satyricon who’ve been the trendsetters since they unleashed Nemesis Divina back in 1996!
1. Midnight Serpent
2. Blood Cracks Open the Ground
3. To Your Brethren in the Dark
4. Deep Calleth upon Deep
5. The Ghost of Rome
7. Black Wings and Withering Gloom
8. Burial Rite
Satyr – Vocals, Guitar
Frost – Drums