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Deep Cal­leth Upon Deep


A new dawn for Nor­way’s di­a­bol­i­cal black­hearts

When Satyri­con re­viS­ited

their clas­sic third al­bum, Neme­sis Div­ina, for their 2016 world tour, there was a strong sense that the nos­tal­gic decks were be­ing briskly cleared to en­able this in­stinc­tively for­ward­look­ing band to em­brace the fu­ture with a clear vi­sion. Sim­i­larly,

2014’s Satyri­con felt very much like a de­fin­i­tive full stop at the end of an era and, with the haughty con­fi­dence that fans have come to ex­pect, Deep Cal­leth Upon Deep is ev­ery bit the an­tag­o­nis­tic flour­ish at the com­mence­ment of a new cam­paign. Opener Mid­night Ser­pent is sim­ply ex­tra­or­di­nary; those un­mis­tak­ably an­gu­lar and men­ac­ing riffs are present and cor­rect, of course, but ev­ery­thing sounds big­ger, more mus­cu­lar and fuller of fig­ure than any­thing Satyri­con have done be­fore, with count­less sub­tle de­tails lurk­ing amid the song’s ar­range­ment but never de­tract­ing from its power. Blood Cracks Open The Ground is even more stupidly ex­hil­a­rat­ing, with jar­ring stabs of dis­so­nance and churn­ing, sin­is­ter riffs un­der­pin­ning one of

Satyr’s most com­mand­ing vo­cal per­for­mances. Next up, To Your Brethren In The Dark is a glacial, stately call-to-arms aimed squarely at the mis­an­thropic masses, the sub­tle melan­choly that has long un­der­pinned Satyri­con’s mu­sic emerg­ing in more bla­tant form. In con­trast, The Ghost Of Rome is a suc­cinct and oddly catchy four-to-the-floor goth-rock stom­per, re­plete with haunt­ing op­er­atic back­ing vo­cals and an in­sis­tent lead gui­tar re­frain. Best of the lot is the seven-minute Black Wings And With­er­ing Gloom, wherein bleak blast­ing, bul­ly­ing mid-paced mo­men­tum and Satyr’s scabrous de­liv­ery com­bine to mes­meris­ing ef­fect. Else­where, squalling sax briefly pushes Dissonant’s bar­rage of brood­ing ag­gro into avant-noise ter­ri­tory, one of in­nu­mer­able mo­ments on Deep Cal­leth Upon Deep when Satyri­con sound like they have just tapped into a fresh well of in­spi­ra­tion and are de­ter­mined to drain it dry.


Satyri­con look ahead

to a new era

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