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Satyricon - Now, Diabolical - 2006 - Roadrunner Records

Track Listing
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).

Production: 8/10
Songwriting: 6/10
Bandís Performance: 7/10
Originality: 6/10
Reviewer Opinion: 7/10

Rating: 6.8/10

If you like this release check also: Satyricon-Volcano, Carpathian Forest-F**k you All.



--Baphomet 01.14.07


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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