Archive for Satyricon

Inferitvm – The Grimoires

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on 8th January 2019 by izaforestspirit

Inferitvm
The Grimoires
Released 25th January 2019
Atmospheric Black Metal
Released via Inverse Records

Inferitvm - The Grimoires

The Grimoires’ is the second album from the Spanish black metal band Inferitvm. The group was formed in 2014 and they are based in the Balearic island of Mallorca. It’s been a long while since I last heard any Spanish black metal. The main band of the genre I knew from there was Asgaroth, who called it a day back in 2007. So I guess it’s about time that I check out some of the current black metal scene in that region.

One quick glance at the cover and the song titles gives you a good clue about the themes of this album. This is very much centered around the occult, witchcraft and mysticism. As for the music, what we have here are eleven tracks of atmospheric black metal which appears to draw inspiration from the Nordic black metal scene, most notably Emperor, Satyricon and to a lesser extent Immortal. The vocalist has a similar style to that of Abbath. There are a fair few melodic elements on here such as the guitar passages and the keyboards on Malleus Maleficarum. They even included a short keyboard solo at the end of the track.

Another song that caught my attention is Goetia of Shadows. The pace is a bit more varied on here, ranging from slow and atmospheric to mid-paced and aggressive. The melodic guitar and keyboard parts at the start and mid-way through the track really reminded me of early Emperor. This song also marks a turning point in the album moving towards a faster, more guitar focused black metal sound enhanced by Vltra’s grim croaking and less keyboards.

In summary, ‘The Grimoires’ is a good example of modern atmospheric black metal that is heavily influenced by Northern European black metal from the 1990s. I reckon that fans of Emperor and early Satyricon would enjoy this album. I certainly do.

4/5
Iza Raittila

Satyricon vocalist diagnosed with a brain tumour

Posted in Metal, News with tags on 7th October 2015 by izaforestspirit

Bad news for Satyricon fans… The band’s frontman, Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. He broke the news a few days ago via his Instagram account. Here’s an extract from the statement:

“I got extremely sick eight days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death.”

“I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects.”

The band’s new DVD, ‘Live At The Opera’ is available now via Napalm Records.

https://www.facebook.com/SatyriconOfficial

http://www.satyricon.no/

Chthonic announced as main support to Satyricon on 36 date Euro tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Symphonic orient metallers Chthonic have been announced as main support on Satyricon‘s 36-date European tour which will kick off on 7th November in Copenhagen, Denmark. The tour will see Chthonic visiting a number of European cities as well as their return to the UK since their Download appearance earlier this year. Chthonic‘s bassist Doris Yeh comments:

This is our first European tour following the release of our current album, Bu-Tik, and it’s great to be able to visit so many places. For some countries, like Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Spain, it will be the first time Chthonic has been there, so we are very excited to play for those fans we haven’t had the chance to reach in the past.

UK tour dates are as follow:

SUN 10 NOVEMBER / ACADEMY 3/ MANCHESTER
MON 11 NOVEMBER / THE LIMELIGHT / BELFAST
TUE 12  NOVEMBER / BUTTON FACTORY / DUBLIN
THU 14 NOVEMBER / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON / LONDON

Chthonic online:

http://www.CHTHONIC.tw
http://facebook.com/CHTHONIC
http://facebook.com/CHTHONICtw
http://youtube.com/CHTHONICtw

 

Former Tristania vocalist returns to the scene

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 8th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Former Tristania vocalist Vibeke Stene posted hours ago on her official Facebook page that she is returning, mentioning that an album is on the way and that she’s collaborating with renowned Norwegian drummer Asgeir Mickelson in his extreme metal act Gods of Atheists, which already boasts the likes of ex-live Satyricon bassist Lars K. Norberg and Norwegian neo-classical guitarist Carl A. Tidemann. Further details and updates about Gods of Atheists can be found at this location.

Vikene Stene online:

https://www.facebook.com/vibekesteneofficial

 

Korotory – Chapter III: The Conquering

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 6th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Korotory
Chapter III: The Conquering
Released: Early 2013
Thrash/Death Metal
Self-Released

Hailing from across the pond in the state of New York, come Korotory. Described as “the alternative to the alternative”, the band have been slicing their way through the US underground metal scene and have even gone to open up for black metal legends Satyricon. Chapter III: The Conquering is the next step in Korotory’s ever expanding career.

After the soft and alluring sounds of the opening track Hell’s Gate, the band unleash hell with the following track Spineless, a track that belts out hard-hittin’ riffs that you can really sink your teeth into. Fortunately, the rest of the album shows the same amount of ferocity, if not more. The vocal work sails smoothly across the roaring tides of ravenous guitars and behemoth sounding drums. Absolute Zero stands out as one of those tracks that would easily be a mosh pit anthem, given the right marketing while Ophidia, being another stand out track, is more akin to a stripped down Lamb Of God track – With an extra portion of vitamin heavy.

One notable feature about the album is the strong range of influences, from subtle NWOBHM sounds to the more defined thrash and death metal sections in the guitars while each track retains its own unique sound at the same time, avoiding becoming a pool of generic sounding metal. The last few tracks of the album, namely Dehumanization and Sanctified belt out the heavier thrash elements, leaving the other compounds of the band’s music behind – Of course, this doesn’t take away from the energy and aggression that bursts out through the riffs and barbaric drum work.

In today’s metal scene, there’s too many bands that end up sounding like an exact replica of their influences. Fortunately, Korotory do the exact opposite – They take their influences and recreate them into something fresh and such is the case with Chapter III: The Conquering. While their influences can still be heard in the background, the band have done well to morph the album into their musical vision and truly raise hell with this album. I can see this being the soundtrack to the apocalypse!

5/5

Nico Davidson

Korotory are:

Ray Truhn – Vocals
Darren Markoff – Drums
Chris Clemente – Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Brett Weatherston – Bass
Matt Scriva  -Lead/Rhythm Guitars

 

Ruins – Place of No Pity

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 24th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Ruins
Place of No Pity
Released: November 2012
Black Metal/ Blackened Thrash Metal
Released via Listenable Records

‘Place of No Pity’ is the fourth album from the Australian black metal band Ruins.

After the melodic intro, ‘Inhabit The Twilight’ reveals its true colors as an interesting mix of black metal guitar rhythms, death metal-style drumming and clean Celtic Frost -esque vocals. There’s even hint of thrash metal added making for a complex mixture of styles. ‘A Lesson In Ruthlessness’ features guitar structures and muted sound atmospheres similar to current Satyricon.

‘Death Lends The Ultimate Touch’ is slower and more melodic in nature. The vocals have this haunting feel to them which works well with the melodic guitars and steady drumming. Yet it’s the atmospheric, dark ambient style part towards the end of the track which cements its position as one of highlights of the album. Similar things can be said about the next track ‘Winters Will’; though this time the guitars are more droning and the vocals sound even more creepy. Speaking of the vocals, one thing that’s unusual about most of the tracks on here is that there’s actually have very few vocalized parts on them. It’s almost as though the band were striving towards creating an instrumental album but then they changed their minds and decided to add some limited vocals during the first few minutes of each track.

Other noteworthy songs include: the title melodic track ‘Place of No Pity’ which places the band firmly in the blackened thrash metal category and the eerie and melancholic ‘Desolation’ which is one of the few tracks on here that features vocals throughout. Then there’s ‘Oath’ which picks up the pace towards the latter half of the track mostly as a result of the drums.

Overall Ruins have a very unique sound and this album takes some getting used to. However if you’re not afraid to try something a bit different and you like any of the current works of Satyricon then I would recommend giving ‘Place of No Pity’ a spin.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

Solstheim – II

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 1st August 2012 by izaforestspirit

Solstheim
II
July 2012
Black Metal
Self-Released

‘II’ is the debut EP from the Scottish black metal band Solstheim. It is the follow-up to their self-titled demo. Now Scotland is not a country that you would normally associate with black metal but given their proximity to Norway its within reason to suggest a possible Nordic influence in Solstheim’s chosen style…

So, after the dark ambient style ‘Intro’, it’s straight into some black metal with ‘The Alchemist’ offering a mix of fast guitar riffs and melodic/atmospheric undertones. Comparisons to fellow British black metal band Hoarstone and Satyricon spring to mind. ‘Of Sundered Stone and Earth’ sees a slight change in the speed, verging on doom metal/ambient climates at times. Luckily the guitar riffs and eerie vocals ensure that this song fits the overall tone of the EP whilst the drums at the end add to the creepy atmosphere.

Come to think of it, the term ‘atmospheric black metal’ seems like a fitting way to describe the whole album. Each track contains at least some elements of it ranging from the aforementioned ambience of ‘Of Sundered Stone and Earth’ to the faster, more ferocious-sounding ‘Aeon’.

4/5 – A very good debut from a promising black metal band.

Iza Raittila