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Satyricon, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Scala, London

Support: Oslo Faenskap, Vredehammer

Package tours are a curious entity; some make complete sense, while some leave a lot to be desired, and Satyricon’s current tour somehow falls into both categories. Openers Vredehammer [7] suit the headliners much more than Oslo Faenskap [6], but who are we to judge? The bands are there for a reason and with being Norwegian, they add an eclectic taste to the evening. Both support acts put on energetic and memorable performances… but sadly not for the same reasons. Vredehammer tow a fine line in blackened death metal and despite their short time on stage they leave a good impression on the slightly small crowd. It’s a tad worrying as the venue looks as deserted as it is, but any concerns are put to one side as the Norwegians pummel their way through their set time.

Oslo Faenskap, on the other hand, and despite having some fine moments, fall a little flat. In truth, this is not their audience, but the young band do their level best to make an impression. Some moments are wonderful, with gorgeous clean sections rising above the heavier elements, but unfortunately it’s not a style that works for many of the crowd tonight. They’re of the moment, for sure, but Satyricon fans are left wanting something with a little more bite.

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