329: SATYRICON

Having survived the Norwegian scene of the 90s and still producing music thirty years later, Satyricon have seen (and helped guide) black metal for much of its existence. They’ve also grown beyond the constraints of the genre, creating an unholy, raucous fusion of black metal with traditional metal and rock.

While there have been other members throughout the years (many with storied careers throughout black metal’s history), Satyricon’s core members – Satyr and Frost – are living legends. Black metal royalty in every sense.

Satyricon have increasingly strayed from the boundaries of black metal, and more recent albums have carried many decidedly alien elements for the genre. With slower tempos and more accessible rock style riffs, this somewhat more accessible version of extreme metal has occasionally been labelled ‘black’n’roll’.

It’s melodic, head-banging, a bit thrashy, and surprisingly catchy. The rock comparisons are definitely earned. And in creating this fusion, Satyricon offer and entirely unique listening experience, and one that could possibly convince someone who is black metal-averse to perhaps dip their toe in the extreme and dark waters of the genre. And that’s just good a community service.

Satyricon are a living, breathing example of black metal history – one that has grown into something far more unique and innovative. This evolution has seen them remain a relevant and influential force to this day.