INTERVIEW: Satyricon

satyriconIn the world of Black Metal, Satyricon is utterly uncompromising. When, well into their career, the band started to incorporate hard rock elements into their sound, it may have flipped out the purists but there’s no way you could accuse them of selling out: if anything such a move is an expression of outright honesty. You don’t go exploring hard rock riffs and rhythms in Black Metal and expect hardcore Black Metal audiences to to accept it, nor to you release a hard rock album dripping in cadaverous Black Metal riffage, because comfortably hard rock audiences aren’t gonna take that either. Nope, you do what you do because that’s what you have to do. Satyricon’s latest (and self-titled) album plays down some of that hard rock influence while emphasising atmospherics and dynamics, moving further away from the Black Metal sound in some parts while turning it up to 11 in others. I spoke to mastermind Satyr on the eve of the album’s release. Read More …