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Formed: 1990
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Satyricon News

Below is our complete Satyricon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Is Metal Dangerous?

In an article on Valley Advocate, writer Katie Vrabel asks whether or not metal is dangerous. Did the murdering of Dimebag Darrell blacken the music industry? Several excerpts from the article:

Overall, the media treatment was respectful, but it also soon became clear that metal remains a black sheep. And maybe we like it that way, but sometimes the insults go too far. I'm a metalhead, so I take it personally. But in light of recent events (Abbott murdered; Satyricon's touring guitarists accused of rape; two stabbed at a Cradle of Filth concert) I've had to ask: Is metal really dangerous?

The science is on our side when it comes to the effects of "violent" music on daily life as well. Douglas Gentile, in his 2003 book, Media Violence and Children, concludes that listening to music has less of an effect on aggression than watching television and playing video games. He points out what should be obvious: that in cases where a metalhead commits an act of violence or suicide, real factors (depression, substance abuse, etc.), rather than musical taste, are to "blame." He notes that the majority of fans are not troublesome or troubled.

Today's metal is still dark, but is getting more sensitive, political, literary, mythology-inspired and nerdy all the time. Interest in Satan has waned. Bands that are basically white guys singing about graphic violence and violent sexuality exist, but are hardly a blip on the radar relative to what is popular and commercially viable.

As to the stereotypical portrayal of metal as the mouthpiece for the young, angry white male, critics should do themselves a favor and catch up with a genre that's moved beyond that.

Read the full article at Valley Advocate.

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Satyricon Pair Get Out On Bail

Satyricon guitarists Steinar Gundersen and Arnt Gronbech are now out on bail. The pair are charged with giving a fan a date-rape drug before sexually assaulting her on the band's tour bus following a gig in Toronto on December 15.

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Satyricon Will Vigorously Defend Themselves

Betsy Powell of the Toronto Star has issued the following report:

Two touring musicians with the Norwegian black metal band SATYRICON are scheduled to make a Christmas Eve appearance at Old City Hall via video after being charged with giving a fan a date-rape drug and sexually assaulting her in a tour bus following a Dec. 15 concert.

Steinar Gundersen, 34, and Arnt Gronbech, 27, have each been charged with administering a stupefying drug and sexual assault, Constable Kristine Bacharach said yesterday. A woman contacted police at 4:30 a.m., hours after the show at the FunHaus at 526 Queen St. W. Bacharach did not know the age of the complainant.

The two men have already appeared in court and were ordered detained pending a bail review or preliminary hearing, a court official said.

"They intend to vigourously defend themselves on this, and they look forward to the opportunity to present all the relevant facts at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum," said Toronto defence lawyer Jody Berkes. Norway's ambassador to Canada, Ingvard Havnen, said yesterday the two men have received help through diplomatic channels. "We provide assistance to Norwegians in Canada and we are assisting in providing them (the two accused) with a lawyer," he said yesterday. More...

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Satyricon Members Arrested, Tour Scrapped

Guitarists for Norwegian black metal band Satyricon have been arrested in Toronto, Canada for allegedly drugging and raping a woman following a show at Fun Haus in Toronto earlier this week. The Toronto woman claims that she was with Satyricon's A.O. Gronbech and Steinar Gundersen (also of Spiral Architect) in their tourbus, but eventually woke up somewhere else and had been sexually assaulted. The guitarists are currently being detained and DNA samples have been taken. The Norwegian embassy was told of the arrest and has been working with Canadian officials on behalf of those charged. If convicted, the two could each face up to ten years in prison. Needless to say, the group's remaining tour dates with 3 Inches Of Blood were subsequently cancelled. If you're fluent in Norwegian, you can view more details here.

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Satyricon Post U.S. Tour Report Part 1

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON, who are currently touring U.S. as part of their Return Of The Antichrist Tour, have issued the following update:

After a good week of rehearsal in Los Angeles it was good to finally kick off in San Francisco last Thursday. All shows have been good so far. Good crowds yearning for some Black Metal and good attendance. The show at The world-famous Whisky in L.A being sold out. Playing-wise, the show in Phoenix last night was the best one. It takes time to sound like a unit playing with a different drummer, but it is really taking shape now and we are definitely in attack mode. Tonight will be a blast! Support the Return Of The Antichrist. Kampen mot gud og hvite krist er i gang.

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3 Inches Of Blood Plug Pulled, Set Cut Short

3 Inches of Blood had their set cut short last night in Hollywood, CA at the Whiskey A Go Go as they were in support of Satyricon. Here's a message from the band:

"What the hell happened? To all who came to the show at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood last night, we're all very upset at having the plug pulled right in the middle of our set. We're still not sure the real reason why we were cut off, but we appreciate everyone who came to support us and apologize for the sudden end to the metal feast."

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Infernal Majesty Drop Off Satyricon Tour

INFERNAL MAJESTY's label Galy Records has confirmed that the legendary Canadian thrashers are officially OFF SATYRICON's Return Of The Antichrist US tour, leaving 3 INCHES OF BLOOD with the co-headlining slot.

A local area band will now be opening each upcoming show, with Battle For Ozzfest contenders SICKS DEEP confirmed for the December 16th, 18th and 21st shows.

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Keep Of Kalessin Comments On Mayhem Singer

KEEP OF KALESSIN/SATYRICON guitarist Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt "Sid" Grønbech) has commented on the recent announcement that KEEP OF KALESSIN's vocalist, Attila Chisar, has rejoined Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM as the full-time replacement for previous singer Maniac. Writing to the band's official web site, Obsidian said that he doesn't what effect this will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN yet, but that he understands that MAYHEM will be Attila's top priority.

"I have known this would happen for some time now and we're ready for whatever effect it will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN," Obsidian said.

"KEEP OF KALESSIN has 6-7 songs ready for the next album and alot of material that just needs rehearsing and arranging," he continued. "Since I will do a new U.S. tour with SATYRICON in December, we're aiming for a studio session with KALESSIN in March with release in early summer, depending on how busy I will be with SATYRICON in January and February. The entire line-up for the next album will be revealed at a later time."

KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press.

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Infernal Majesty Added To Satyricon Tour

Kenny from Infernal Majesty checked in with the following update:

Infernal Greetings.

Infernal Majesty are pleased to announce that they have been added to the Satyricon USA Tour. Also on the tour will be Vancouver's 3Inches of Blood. All confirmed Cities/Venues can be found on our web site.

Infernal Majesty will be playing their last show in Vancouver on November 27th, 2004 at the Brickyard, also on the bill - Divinity, Omega Crom, Widowmaker.

Infernal Majesty have also confirmed their European Tour. Tour will begin February, 2005, Hirax will be co-headling with Infernal Majesty.

Lots of new tour photos and reviews are now posted. Check it all out at www.infernalmajesty.com.

Until next time.

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Satyricon U.S. Tour in December

Satyricon, one of the most revered and legendary bands on the European Black Metal scene, has announced that it will bring its #The Return of the Antichrist" tour to the U.S. beginning Thursday, December 2 in San Francisco, CA ending on December 22. Canadian-based bands Infernal Majesty and 3 Inches of Blood will provide support for these dates.

Satyricon frontman Satyr explains the tour¹s title: "I recently read a survey that said that Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 are the least rebellious and most god-fearing in the world. How disappointing. It¹s time that Satyricon came to the U.S."

As previously announced, Satyricon will be joined on this tour by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. Jordison, a huge Satyricon fan who offered his services to the band, will sit it for drummer Frost who has been denied entry to the United States due to ongoing visa problems. For "The Return of the Antichrist" tour, the Satyricon line up includes Satyr/vocals; Steinar Gundersen/lead guitar; Lars Norberg/bass; A.O. Gronbech/ rhythm guitar; Jonna Nikula/electronics, and Jordison on drums.

System of a Down guitarist/producer Daron Malakian who owns eatURmusic said, "Anyone who knows Black Metal knows that Satyricon is that genre¹s premiere band. I have been a huge fan of the Black Metal scene for years, and I am so honored that Satyricon is on my label. Their new album "Volcano¹ is exceptional, in my opinion, the best they¹ve recorded; it¹s honest, it has integrity, and I feel it and these upcoming tour dates will help spread the word to a new audience."

"The Return of the Antichrist" will be Satyricon¹s second U.S. tour in support of their most recent album, "Volcano", released April 13, 2004 on the eatURmusic/Red Ink/Columbia label. While the band has achieved massive cult status in Europe, they are making headway breaking through in America ­Metallica¹s Lars Ulrich recently singled Satyricon out as one of the more exciting new bands on the scene today. For the December tour dates, Satyricon is readying a new promotional video for the track "Repined Bastard Nation", which was shot in front of some 40,000 fans at the Wacken Festival in Germany earlier this year.

"As we are from Norway", said Satyr, "we have a Viking heritage, a very interesting history and culture ­ and one that is different from that of America¹s. Black Metal is very much a European and a Norwegian phenomena. I have seen the growing interest in Black Metal since we visited America for the first time in 2000 and I believe our time has finally come in America too. The Black Metal scene over there is taking shape now."

With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for Satyricon¹s "The Return of the Antichrist" tour are as follows:

2 The Pound @ Pier 96, San Francisco, CA
3 The Whiskey, Los Angeles, CA
5 Mason Jar, Phoenix, AZ
9 Pops Nite Club, St. Louis, MO
11 Harpo's, Detroit, MI
12 Eagles Club/The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
13 Metro, Chicago, IL
16 Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
18 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
19 Jaxx, West Springfield, VA

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Frost Talks Talks About Norwegian Metal Scene

AllThingsMetal.net recently conducted an interview with SATYRICON's drummer Kjetil "Frost" Haraldstad. You can read the entire interview here.

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Satyricon Stick With Joey Jordison

Contrary to previous reports, Norwegian black metalheads Satyricon are not looking for another drummer to join the band for their upcoming US tour. As previously reported, Slipknot's Joey Jordison will temporarily fill in for Frost, who is unable to get an American visa at the moment.

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Satyricon To Hold Drummer Auditions In Los Angeles

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will be auditioning drummers in Los Angeles the last week of November (possibly Nov. 24-25) to join them on tour in North America during the coming months.

The never-ending saga of SATYRICON drummer Frost's inability to enter the U.S. due to heightened homeland security has forced SATYRICON frontman Satyr to seek a temporary touring replacement. The band will still be utilizing the services of SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison on their upcoming headlining U.S. trek, which is scheduled to kick off December 2 in San Francisco, CA.

All drummers interested in auditioning for SATYRICON should contact Hamps Koulayan at the group's record label, EatUrMusic: hamps@eaturmusic.com.

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1349 Confirmed For Denmark's Aalborg Metal Fest

1349, the Norwegian black metal band featuring Satyricon drummer Frost, are the latest act confirmed for the Aalborg Metal Festival 2004, a two-day event set to take place November 5-6 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. The following bands are currently confirmed to perform at the festival:

Friday, November 5:

17:00 - 17:30 SCAMP
19:15 - 20:00 THE DEFACED
20:30 - 21:30 ILLDISPOSED
22:00 - 23:00 TBA
23:45 - 01:00 TBA

Saturday, November 6:

14:00 - 14:30 JERKSTORE
15:00 - 15:30 TBA
16:00 - 16:45 SCARVE
17:15 - 18:00 VOLBEAT
18:30 - 19:30 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
20:00 - 21:15 ZYKLON
21:45 - 23:00 DARKANE
23:45 - 01:00 DOWNSET

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Keep Of Kalessin Video Available For Download

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, featuring Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt Grønbech) on guitars/bass/synth and Attila Chisar (ex-MAYHEM, ABORYM) on vocals, have made their video for the song "Come Damnation" available for download at this location. "The video is DRM protected, but you can play it for free!" the band write on their web site. "The reason for this is that KEEP OF KALESSIN is getting ready for the future by beta-testing a new distribution system for digital media. For more info please visit www.legiomedia.com. This is the #1 solution for small bands and labels to fully customize your online distribution of music, video and live streaming!"

KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press. "Reclaim" is available in the U.S. through The End mail-order. A new full-length album is tentatively expected in the spring/early summer 2005.

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Satyricon US Tour Plans, Including Joey Jordison

On December 2nd SATYRICON will kick off their second US tour of the year. The tour will include SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison on drums, who will be acting as a replacement for drummer Frost who's inability to enter the US has been due to heightened homeland security. Frontman Satyr had this to say about touring the US, "Frost's Visa to enter the States case has made everything extremely difficult for us and there have even been times I've thought to give up on touring America.”

...but carried on to say, “I'm just very glad that we have a new tour lined up. I think all of our fans stateside will agree that SATYRICON deserve a better chance to establish the band and our style of music we believe in than, more so than we've had so far.

I think our music, our effort and all the people who believe in SATYRICON in the US want us to succeed and Joey Jordison is a good example of that. I never had to convince him that touring with Satyricon would be "cool". It was rather a question of overcoming the practical obstacles with Joey being a key member of a very successful band. His enthusiasm and skills are exactly what SATYRICON needs to raise the spirit in the camp. I have looked for drummers over here and most of them are afraid they can't match Frost's level of drumming so they pull out before we even get started with them. Joey and I have spent a lot of time making sure he is well prepared and it is nice to be able to fulfill the wishes of all the fans I talked to on the MORBID ANGEL tour who wanted to see us play in America. SATYRICON is coming back!"

Dates lined up so far include (subject to change): More...

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Preview The Headbangers Ball Vol 2 CD Online

Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here

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Gorgoroth Announce Tour Lineup

GORGOROTH have announced the tour lineup. Dirge Rep (drums, Orcustus, ex- Enslaved, ex-Gehenna) and Teloch (guitars, Orcustus, Nidingr) will be session members for the upcoming European and Mexican tour.

Their mates from 1349, the band featuring Satyricon's drummer Frost, will be joing them as well. Updated list of gigs includes:

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Satyricon Report From Hole In The Sky Festival

Satyr has posted his thoughts on last weekend's tribute to BATHOTY's Quorthon, held at the Hole In The Sky Festival:

“A worthy farewell to the king...

On Saturday, the biggest gathering of black metal stars on a stage ever, took place in Bergen, Norway during the Hole In The Sky festival. I have already stated here what I feel about this man's work. I just want to say that we - the performers, were so proud to be a part of this and this was the funeral we held for him it felt like. We were all filled with awe and respect for each other's participation in the tribute and his songs. I'm glad Frost was in the crowd so he could fill in me and Abbath (ex-Immortal), on how it felt experiencing it from the crowd perspective.

A truly magical evening that I hope and think will inspire you all. It's crucial that you know Bathory's music to fully understand the depths of Black Metal. Go buy his six first records if you don't have them. Don't download them, buy them. On vinyl even if you can.

It was very emotional for all of us and I think for me, a lot of it comes from knowing that will never be another Bathory. Today you can't make the same kind of impact without touring, videos, interviews etc etc. He could allow himself to stay away from it all because he established a name during a time where all of this was not needed in the same way as it is today. His records are still here though, and bands like ourselves are still here to carry on the true SPIRIT of Black Metal!”

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Just For Fun

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

Ruthless Reviews scribe Mike From Hobart has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics Of All Time," which includes such bands as Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Old Man's Child and Satyricon.

Check out the list and pics here.

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