Skip to main content

Satyricon

                   

Biography

Satyricon is an influential Norwegian black metal band, whose line-up over the years has constantly revolved around a stable core of multi-instrumentalist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and drum powerhouse Kjetil Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad.

Satyricon was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1991 by Czral (Carl-Michael Eide, of Ved Buens Ende, Ulver and Virus) and Wargod. Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven (also in Thorns, Storm and Wongraven) took over lead vocals in 1991. A year later renowned drummer Kjetil Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad joined the band. Frost has appeared in 1349, Keep of Kalessin, Gorgoroth, and Gehenna. Members of many other black metal bands have contributed to Satyricon either in the studio or live, including Tchort, Samoth and Ihsahn of Emperor, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone, and A O. Gronbech of Keep of Kalessin.

Satyricon credit their 1993 first album, Dark Medieval Times, with starting a sub-genre of black metal termed medieval metal. The album displayed their fascination with the Middle Ages, blending extreme metal with acoustic guitar and flute.

Satyricon’s 1994 second album, The Shadowthrone, kept some of the medieval soundscapes that Dark Medieval Times showcased, but with more of a folk or Viking feel. This album saw the band collaborate with Samoth (of Emperor and Zyklon fame, and Frost’s bandmate in the short-lived Zyklon-B).

Satyricon’s third, and most critically acclaimed album, Nemesis Divina, contains Norwegian black metal influenced by medieval metal and was released in 1996. The song Mother North gained extra attention because its video contained some nudity. This album saw the band collaborate with Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto (here adopting the moniker Kveldulv).

Rebel Extravaganza, Satyricon’s fourth album, was released in 1999 and marked a change in the band’s sound, moving towards more industrial notes. The change was also apparent in Satyr shaving off his hair and the band signing to the more ‘commercial’ label Nuclear Blast.

In April and May of 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 some extreme metal projects with Satyr, one being Eibon.

Regarding Satyricon’s 2002 album Volcano, Satyr stated in a press release/biography 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.” Volcano won a total of four awards: the Norwegian Grammy for “Best Metal Album”, an Alarm Award for Fuel for Hatred in the category for “Song of the Year”, an Alarm Award for “Metal Album of the Year”, and The Oslo Award for “Best Overall Album”.

In 2006, the band released Now, Diabolical. The album has been somewhat controversial among black metal fans due to its “radio friendly” take on black metal, but it has continued to sell well.

In 2008, Satyricon released their sixth album called The Age of Nero. The band changed its image, Satyr cut his hair and all members put away the corpse paint and other typical black metal proprieties. The music however continues in the line that started on Now Diabolical, with simple rhythms and song structures closer to industrial rock than to black metal, but without big changes in sound and with that typical aura of evil they’ve always had.

Satyricon’s official website: http://www.satyricon.no Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Grunspan in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Turock in Essen, Germany Essen, Germany
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands Tilburg, Netherlands
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium Vosselaar, Belgium
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Heaven in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ La Maroquinerie in Paris, France Paris, France
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ LA BARAKASON in Rezé, France Rezé, France
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Le Metronum in Toulouse, France Toulouse, France
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Sala But in Madrid, Spain Madrid, Spain
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Razzamatazz in Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Rockstore in Montpellier, France Montpellier, France
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Zona Roveri in Bologna, Italy Bologna, Italy
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Dynamo in Zurich, Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Backstage Halle in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Szene in Wien, Austria Wien, Austria
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Palac Akropolis in Praha, Czech Republic Praha, Czech Republic
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Kwadrat in Kraków, Poland Kraków, Poland
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Progresja in Warsaw, Poland Warsaw, Poland
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ SO36 in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Pumpehuset in Copenhagen West, Denmark Copenhagen West, Denmark
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Train in Aarhus, Denmark Aarhus, Denmark
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden Göteborg, Sweden
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Circo Volador in Ciudad De México, Mexico Ciudad De México, Mexico
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Uniclub in Abasto, Argentina Abasto, Argentina
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Stonehenge Rock Bar in Belo Horizonte, Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Clash Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Teatro Odisséia in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Tullikamarin Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland Tampere, Finland
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Satyricon @ Lutakko in Jyvaskyla, Finland Jyvaskyla, Finland

Latest Satyricon Articles

Most Read

Get Involved

Top