“Now, Diabolical” by Satryicon

Artist: Satryicon
Title: “Now, Diabolical”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 5/5

When you take the talents of Black Metal drummer Frost, and combine it with singer/guitarist Satyr the result is a firestorm of power called Satryicon. There are many that might find it difficult to believe that a two member band could create an album with any significant impact, but with “Now, Diabolical”, the pair have truly delivered one of the break through albums for the Black Metal genre. The best way to describe the release is as “epic”, for while they might not seem as brutal as they last did with “Volcano”; there is more melody and experimentation present which gives the band a wider reach and the chance to win over a new world of fans. Each song on the recording has an interesting build-up to its crescendo and there are a number of different feels on the songs as well. These different feels allow for each song to standalone successfully. Satyr combines vocal styles and plays all of the instruments outside of the drums, which is Frost’s department and the simplicity of guitar, bass, drums, vocals and the odd addition of horns make this a pure recording in terms of the instrumentation especially. There are no over the top keyboard or symphonic elements like we see in a lot of Black Metal these days but instead it is solely based on the guitars and drums. The riffing is interesting when you look at songs like the title track “Now, Diabolical” for under the slow and steady drive of the guitar is the thunderous double-bass drums of Frost. Clearly, the drummer comes from the school of Dave Lombardo – for when he plays its not just blasting away, but tasteful technique that shows what a talented player he actually is. There is a good chance that he is one of the best that the genre has going for it. Satyr himself proves to be a force to be reckoned with in his ability to do all the remaining instrumentation on the album as well as singing. Fans of the epic track will lean towards “To The Mountains” which caps over eight minutes and those that think the band no longer has the Extreme side should turn up the closing track “Storm (Of The Destroyer)”, for it is as Old-School Black Metal as might have expected more of on the recording.

What appealed to me most about “Now, Diabolical” was its overall diversity as a Metal album. Satyricon is not a band that rests on accepted conventions and yet has progressed and moved the genre forward a few more steps than their peers. There are heavy, doom-laden sections as well as fast parts and slow. It’s accessible to many but far from commercial and will still be able to appeal to the Black Metal purist. Tracks I enjoyed most from the album were “The Pentagram Burns” and “A New Enemy”, the latter having more of a dark Gothic vibe than one would ever find a band like this doing. The albums artwork and lyrical content inside are bleak and not much visually, yet the album itself is outstanding and is a very high recommendation. From this album alone I am interested in seeing a live performance and for an album to be able to have that kind of effect, you know that they did something right. Check it out as soon as possible.

Song Listing:
1. Now, Diabolical
2. K.I.N.G.
3. The Pentagram Burns
4. A New Enemy
5. The Rite Of Our Cross
6. That Darkness Shall Be Eternal
7. Delirium
8. To The Mountains
9. Storm (Of The Destroyer)

Official Web site: http://www.satyricon.no/

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