Alcatraz Line up: 2018
Few bands from the first generation of black metal bands that shocked the world in the early 90s have survived the ages. Some folded, others lost personnel in tragic circumstances. With Satyr and Frost, the backbone of Norwegian black metal gods Satyricon, the music has always been the main focus. The authors of such landmark albums as ‘Nemesis Divina’ and ‘Now, Diabolical’ are still going strong, even though over time their music has drifted into the post black realm. Continuing in the vain of its predecessors, ‘Deep Calleth upon Deep’ (2017) nevertheless shows how much Satyricon like to experiment. Most tracks are immediately recognisable but there is much to be discovered just under the surface. The tunes are still stripped down to the bare essence, with death ‘n’ roll, post black and other influences galore; the desolate atmosphere that haunts the album is reminiscent of their early work.