Satyricon - Now, Diabolical - 2006 - Roadrunner Records
1. Now, Diabolical 2. K.I.N.G. 3. The Pentagram Burns 4. A New Enemy 5. The Rite Of Our Cross 6. The Darkness Shall Be Eternal 7. Delirium 8. To The Mountains 9. Storm (Of The Destroyer) [bonus]
Satyricon is one of the few Norwegian black metal bands that kept on changing and xperimenting with their sound. Their first three albums (Dark Medieval Times, The Shadowthrone and Nemesis Divina) were some of the purest black metal releases of the 90s, showing a band that respected the bands of the first wave of black metal (Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost). Their fourth studio album (Rebel Extravaganza) was an attack to the gothic side of black metal. Rebel Extravaganza was in my opinion their best release, combining raw black metal riffing (Darkthrone style) with a more industrial touch (Thorns). The follow up to Rebel Extravaganza was Volcano. Volcano was a good album. It revealed a more rock ní roll side of Satyricon. Now signed to Roadrunner they released their new full-length, Now Diabolical. But the album was not what I expected.
Now Diabolical could easily be named Volcano Pt.2. The band composed again rock ní roll songs, but these songs are not as groundbreaking as Volcano songs were. Itís like Now Diabolical is a compilation of the left-over of Volcano. Also another thing that is annoying is that Frost (Satyricon drummer) has stopped blast beating and has focused on a steady tempo without any complexity. Itís a shame that a drummer as amazing as Frost has stopped playing fast and complex.
The production of this album is really good, totally different from Satyricon past albums production, but it seems useless. The feeling that Satyricon had is now lost because of this crystal clear production. They donít have this dirty feeling of the past. The whole album would sound a lot better if it had a production like the one Rebel Extravaganza had.
Satyr on vocals is amazing, he uses both grim vocals as he always did but also clean vocals (not much, donít worry) which sound really good. The guitars of this album are less poisonous than they were in the past. The riffs are less stunning than in the past, the songs leave a deja-vu feeling.
To sum up: Not a big let down, but I just expected something better from a band like Satyricon. I am a big fan of them and I think that they will get back on track soon. They deserve to make one mistake (and it wasnít such a big deal anyway).