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Satyricon Frontman Discusses Black Metal In U.S.

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According to an article on MTV.com, Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven, the snarling frontman for Norwegian black-metallers Satyricon, says his band's forthcoming LP, Now, Diabolical, constitutes perhaps the darkest material he's ever had a hand in writing. But he doesn't say you've got to be a black-metal disciple to relish the record.

"These songs are very direct," he explained. "Instead of 12 or 13 themes per song, there are just a handful of themes that carry each song, because I wanted the album to have an extremely solid framework — something that was undeniable and unquestionable, something that was very insisting and full of authority. A way of achieving that is to concentrate on purifying the power of a few themes, as opposed to never letting one theme establish itself.

"I think too many metal bands sound like they play music for other musicians, that the song has no higher purpose or that they don't look for a special atmosphere or anything like that," he continued. "They just play and say, 'Look at me, I can shred.' It's very typical and it's really sad."

Still, Satyr said he has no idea what sort of response Now, Diabolical's going to receive when it lands in U.S. record stores on June 13. Satyricon's previous outing, Volcano, has sold a mere 15,000 copies since its release back in 2003. Six weeks ago, Now, Diabolical was released in Europe and is one of the fastest-selling records in their homeland.

But Europe isn't America, and according to Satyr, "Americans have a different understanding of extreme-metal music.

"It's kind of weird," he continued, "because death metal is a part of what I call extreme-metal music, and death metal has more to do with America than Europe, that's for sure. It seems like there is a lot of confusion as to who's, where it concerns black metal and death metal. Europeans pinpointed a long time ago who's black metal and what bands are important. The American kids don't seem to have the slightest clue about that, so you find yourself in a situation where a band that is not popular in Europe at all ... can do really well in America, while other bands that have very solid standings in Europe are not doing very well in America. It's hard to predict.

"If I was to go by the reception and the overall status of a band like Satyricon in Europe, I would say that [the record] is going to do extremely well in America. But given what I just explained, you never know."

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1. no one writes:

i totally agree with him on this one..there are a lot of people who do play just to say "i'm better than you, beat that", but bands seem to find success in their own country then in another, unless they are really commercialized like some other bands out there...but then again like he stated.....you never know

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2. rulin kmadd writes:

But the thing is. These bands should realise that they
need to stop depending on bigger cities like NY, Chicago
or LA for thier support and start touring into cities like
my town (indpls) cincy and so forth the midwest and places
like the northeast and Texas are booming markets for metal.

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3. Ibex writes:

I totally I agree with you on this rulin....like emperor only touring New York and LA..what the fvck??? They claim not to be commercial but are touring the biggest commercialized cities...kind of contradicting themselves. Black Metal Forever!!! \m/

# Jun 3, 2006 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Thrash Banger writes:

Come to Cincinnati for gods sake!!!

# Jun 3, 2006 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. blat writes:

the album is horrendous, thats all 'undeniable' there is about it...ridicuously simplistic and sounds lazy, then he bashes technical bands for not creating atmosphere...his older stuff was both, so what is he getting at? lame

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6. deathbringer writes:

The new album is horrendous? We must have listened to two completely different records because Now, Diabolical kicks some major ass. We should have it reviewed shortly.

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7. metalmayhem writes:

blat, i think that he is trying to say that as a band they have matured to the point where they dont have to outshred or outfill every band out there. when they were younger they may have felt the need to show off. Now, Diabolical is an awesome album w/ some of the sickest arrangements Satyr has ever put together w/ out going over the top (as a lot of bands are tempted to these days). We all know what they are capable of as musicians, and now Satyr has shown that he can write great songs..............all this having been said i think volcano is a better album

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8. blat writes:

Satyricon's earlier material is not 'shred' over atmosphere...this album is just lazy, very repetative, weak one track riffs, like 3 good riffs in the whole thing, the guitarwork just feels rushed, a lot of riffs are just taking up space; you really want to understand it all in one listen? is this meant for a goth club dance floor or something? especially with the past satyricon albums, even volcano, this album doesnt try anything new, and is a massive step back from the work you expect them to put into it

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