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Satyricon performing live at the Costa de Fuego festival in Benicàssim in July 2012
Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band, formed in 1991 in Oslo. Satyr and Frost have been the band's core members since 1993. The band's first three albums typify the Norwegian black metal style. Since its fourth album in 1999, the band has strayed from this style and included elements of hard rock in their sound. Satyricon was the first Norwegian black metal band to join a multi-national record label (EMI).
The band were formed in 1990 as Eczema by the bassist Wargod and drummer Exhurtum. In 1991, they decided to start playing black metal, so the name was changed to Satyricon. Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) then joined the band. After the first demo All Evil, Exhurtum was kicked out of the band because he "preferred hanging out with my girl at the time rather than kicking down gravestones together with the band", while Wargod left the music scene and became a UN soldier afterwards. Lemarchand was kicked out after the second demo. Remaining members Satyr and Lemarchand hired the drummer Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) as a session musician and recorded their second and last demo, The Forest Is My Throne. Shortly after this, Lemarchand also left the band. But before leaving the band he recorded guitars (uncredited on the booklet) for the first full-length album, Dark Medieval Times. In the meantime, Frost was being "promoted" as a permanent member and had recorded drums for the aforementioned album. Satyricon have—with two exceptions—been a two-man band ever since: from 1993–1996, Tomas Thormodsæter 'Samoth' Haugen from Emperor was the bassist and guitarist of Satyricon, and participated in the recording of their second album, The Shadowthrone; and later, in 1996, Darkthrone member Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum, known as "Kveldulv" during Satyricon's period) became guitarist on the third full-length Satyricon album, Nemesis Divina.
Rebel Extravaganza, Satyricon's fourth album, was released in 1999. During this period Satyr drastically changed his look by shaving off his hair, as seen in the photoshoot for the album as well as their live performances.
In April and May 2000, Satyricon toured as a supporting band for Pantera. Phil Anselmo has spoken of his love for black metal numerous times, and has participated in Eibon with Satyricon frontman Satyr. They used to be signed with Daron Malakian's music label EatUrMusic.
Their fifth studio album Volcano was released in 2002 and won four awards: the Norwegian Grammy for Best Metal Album, an Alarm award for the track "Fuel for Hatred" in the category Song of the Year, the Alarm Award for Metal Album of the Year and The Oslo award for Best Overall Album.
Satyricon participated in the Darkthrone tribute Darkthrone Holy Darkthrone, released by Moonfog Productions in 1998, covering the song "Kathaarian Life Code". In the same year, Satyricon participated in the Bathory tribute In Conspiracy with Satan, released by Hellspawn/No Fashion Records, featuring the song "Born for Burning" originally released on Crusade from the North in 1996.
In March 2008, the band headlined the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo for the first time.
Satyricon released their self-titled eighth full-length album on 9 September 2013.
The band released their first ever Full Length live CD/DVD set titled Live at the Opera which took place In September 2013, alongside the Norwegian National Opera, on May 4, 2015.
According to recent updates on Satyricon's official Facebook page, they are now writing their ninth studio album, along with a covers album, as well as a fully remastered 20th anniversary edition of Nemesis Divina, which are all expected to be released at some point in 2016.
The band's first album, 1994's Dark Medieval Times (recorded in 1993), showed off the fascination Satyricon had with the Middle Ages and featured raw black metal blast beats produced by Frost, mixed with acoustic guitar and flute. On their next album, The Shadowthrone, this medieval spirit was continued. Rock Hard journalist Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann wrote that Satyricon reached their "very early zenith" with that album and Nemesis Divina.
Describing their fifth studio album, 2002's Volcano, frontman Satyr stated in a press release and biography on their homepage that "the music is rock based but more extreme; it is black metal pushing the boundaries that began with bands like Venom and Bathory. Reinventing ourselves based on a foundation of rock-oriented black metal is our philosophy." Mühlmann wrote that Satyricon's path after their zenith reached with their second and third album has only a limited connection to black metal, whereas Metal Hammer journalist Robert Müller described Satyr as a "latently arrogant guy who, along the way, makes great music that constantly tests the borders of the genre". His colleague Gunnar Sauermann, on the other hand, considers Satyricon "a pseudo-black pop (and popular) band these days". In their report from the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, he and Thomas Sonder wrote that they "almost play[ed] hard rock" at the beginning of their show.
Current live members
Former live members
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales||Certifications|
|Dark Medieval Times||
|The Age of Nero||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|The Box Set||
|Ten Horns – Ten Diadems||
|The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrassil||
|My Skin Is Cold||
|2003||"Fuel For Hatred"||–||Volcano|
|"The Pentagram Burns"||–|
|2008||"Black Crow on a Tombstone"||–||The Age of Nero|
|2013||"Our World, It Rumbles Tonight"||–||Satyricon|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|The Forest Is My Throne||
|Roadkill Extravaganza - A True Roadmovie||
|Live at the Opera||
|1996||"Mother North"||Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven||Nemesis Divina|
|2002||"Fuel for Hatred"||Jonas Åkerlund||Volcano|
|2006||"K.I.N.G"||John Nothingworth||Now, Diabolical|
|"The Pentagram Burns"||Håvard Arnstad|
|2008||"Black Crow on a Tombstone"||Ove Heiborg, Fredrik Kiosterud||The Age of Nero|
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