SATYRICON – The Age Of Nero

SATYRICON - The Age Of Nero
  • 7.5/10
    SATYRICON - The Age Of Nero - 7.5/10


Roadrunner Records
Release date: November 3, 2008

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So the big question for long time Satyricon fans regarding their second release on Roadrunner Records The Age Of Nero is, are they back, and done with the “Black & Roll ” thing?. Well… yes & no. Just as with many things in life, when connections are made and compassions are shared ANY changes can bring fear, resentment, and of course RESISTANCE.

Satyricon’s latest effort The Age Of Nero may invoke some of these things in the weathered Satyricon Fan. Metal Fans are NO strangers to this cycle. Many Metalheads at one time or another, have highly anticipated the new release of a band or artist that they revere, hold in high regard and are confident that they know what to expect only left to feel “Betrayed ” or “Duped “. It all depends on the individual. Some people like to know exactly what’s coming, and welcome it every time it comes calling (e.g. AC/DC… you always know exactly what your gonna get), and others become bored, restless, and even end up feeling “Insulted ” when they can foresee the outcome.

This is were fans will be divided with The Age Of Nero. Ever since the release of Rebel Extravaganza (1999), most Satyricon fans started to forecast the direction of the band, which with the release of The Age Of Nero seems to have come full circle. Now, depending on what side of the fence you’re on, will depict your opinion. For those that appreciate familiarity, this album will fall in league with the last few albums and be a good choice, and for those who want to be challenged, and caught off guard… look elsewhere.

The one major noticeable difference between Now, Diabolicical and The Age Of Nero is diversity. One of the major complaints with the 2006 release was the lack of variance. The Age Of Nero tackles this issue with vigor. The opening track “Commando ” comes with full force and artillery in tow, and progressively and unassumingly decrescendos almost to a halt with the last track “Den Siste “. One obvious criticism would be the lack of utilization of Frost’s given talents. The man’s a MACHINE, but it would seem that he is reigned in for most of the album. Don’t misunderstand, he is probably not capable of poor drumming, it is again… just… different. You’ll find it eerily enjoyable while listening to this album, to bob your head back forth as if to say ” yes, yes, this is groovy as fuck “, and then remember that you’re listening to a Satyricon album!

Most generally don’t care for “labeling” genres but… Satyr seems to be redefining and yet again re-crafting the genre with The Age Of Nero. Some call it “Black & Roll”, but especially with the new album, seems to be more of dare it be said… “Stoner-Black Metal” . With thicker, more down tuned guitars, some people say it’s has “Doom” overtones, but the riffs seem to be catchy and stoner Metal infused. The best way to describe this album is… if Black Sabbath and Venom had a creative child, this is the album the offspring would produce. With that being said, you should know enough about this album to know if it denotes enough interest for your tastes.

If you want a Black Metal album that is contained within strict parameters of the genre, then this album will probably be a “pass”. But if you don’t care about genres, and want to check out a good Metal album, then this is a solid choice. With this being said, if you are a purist to pre-Rebel Extravaganza, then it may not be for you… but if you liked Volcano and Now, Diabolical then this album is a logical choice!


  • Chaos

    Chaos was a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio. His Metal journey started in 1976 when his father (a popular morning FM radio personality) handed him an LP of KISS' Destroyer. One night in 1979 he woke up to his uncle's hand over his mouth, and the words "We're going to see KISS" uttered. Against his father's will he found out later. Sitting on his uncle's shoulders in the 2nd row for the entire Dynasty show, his life would never be the same. From there he moved on to AC/DC, W.A.S.P., and the three bands that would never let him down, Motörhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. He got into Thrash Metal early and tried to turn all his friends onto this new band, Metallica's first album Kill 'Em All.

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