As previously reported, Satyricon have been recording their new opus and successor to The Age Of Nero released back in 2008. Recently, the group's mastermind Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven has revealed that the recording process is nearing completion.
Satyricon are currently working on new songs and recording new material in the studio for the follow-up to The Age Of Nero. So far, the drum tracks are all recorded. The band's frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven was recently interviewed at Inferno Metal Festival and gave an update on what the band is up to at the moment and what you can expect from the new album.
On November 18th, members from high profile Norwegian metal bands, including Darkthrone, Satyricon and Taake, will take part in a live show called "Algir - Støttekonsert For Jonas R. Christiansen", at Bergen's prime rock venue, Garage. The aim is to raise awareness for colon cancer. In addition, Helheim, Gravdal and Slavia themselves will perform in order to help raise funds and provide 31-year-old Jonas Christiansen with a chance to fight the disease.
Norwegian black metallers Satyricon have scheduled a string of live dates in Mexico, South and Central America. The tour will take place in late October/early November. Get the list of dates after the jump.
In late 2009, Satyricon announced that it was planning to take a break following the completion of the group's most recent headlining European tour. Satyricon vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven later told Terrorizer.com that the band's December 20, 2009 concert in London, England would mark the beginning of a new phase in the group's evolution.
"From then on, there are going to be a lot of changes in the Satyricon camp," he said. "After we take a long touring break and come back a couple of years later, certain people may not be with us any longer. Although we won't be doing anything overly dramatic, we'll be trying quite a few different things, which I think is going to be really good for Satyricon. The reason we're doing that is so we can continue to develop our sound. At the moment we are still enjoying what we do, but if that continues any longer it'll undoubtedly stagnate, so we need to ensure that doesn't happen. And moving in different musical directions is definitely a good way to go about it."
Close to a year ago, Satyricon announced they were taking a short break. Well, the band's hibernation is now over. Moreover, Satyricon announced today they will start working on a new record any time soon. Here's the full message:
"Our off year is coming to an end and in a few months time we will start writing for a new album. We are feeling fresh and charged. In 2011 we will re-release all albums from the nineties with updated art work and re-mastering where it is needed. There might even be some interesting shows to go with it!
Unfortunately we never had the opportunity to visit Russia with The Age Of Nero, until now that is. Therefore we are pleased to announce shows in St Petersburg and Moscow in December."
In an interview at the beginning of November, Satyr told Terrorizer.com that Satyricon's London show on 20 December is "not just the last gig of the tour. It's also the beginning of a new phase in the evolution of the band. From then on, there are going to be a lot of changes in the Satyricon camp. After we take a long touring break and come back a couple of years later, certain people may not be with us any longer. Although we won't be doing anything overly dramatic, we'll be trying quite a few different things, which I think is going to be really good for Satyricon. The reason we're doing that is so we can continue to develop our sound. At the moment we are still enjoying what we do, but if that continues any longer it'll undoubtedly stagnate, so we need to ensure that doesn't happen. And moving in different musical directions is definitely a good way to go about it." Read the full article here.
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have been confirmed to support Satyricon on the upcoming European Tour. The 17-date tour, set to start on the 2nd December, also includes Negură Bunget and Dark Fortress.
Referring to the recent cancellation of Shining's European tour, front man Niklas Kvarforth said: "We are all too aware of the fact that a lot of fans were disappointed by the actions of the Metal Maniacs Agency, which forced us to cancel the tour, but hopefully the tour with Satyricon will go some way towards making up for it. We are also looking at a lot of possibilities for next year at the moment, so be prepared for Shining and 2010".
Dates so far confirmed for the Satyricon + Shining + Negură Bunget + Dark Fortress tour as follows:
Polish death/black metal band Uziel have added their version of Satyricon's "K.I.N.G." to their profile on MySpace. The band is currently working on their debut album which is scheduled to be out at the end of the year.
Swedish melodic death metal band Zonaria are now confirmed as support for Norwegian black metallers Satyricon, during their Scandinavian tour 2009. A tour poster can be found here.
The dates are as follows:
April 13 - SE Göteborg, Trädgårn
April 14 - DK Århus, Voxhall
April 15 - DK Copenhagen, The Rock
April 16 - SE Malmö, KB
April 17 - SE Mariestad, Folkparken
April 18 - SE Sundsvall, Nordfest
April 19 - SE Västerås, Sigurdsgatan 25
April 21 - SE Stockholm, Klubben
April 23 - FI Helsinki, nosturi
April 24 - FI Tampere, Pakkahoune
April 25 - FI Oulu, Teatria
April 27 - SE Umeå, Folkets Hus
Ol Drake, lead guitarist of UK thrashers Evile fractured his jaw last night (Wednesday November 19) after the band's show in Rotterdam, Netherlands supporting Satyricon.
Evile frontman Matt Drake comments: "Ol collapsed last night and fractured his jaw and split his chin on the ground. Luckily his beard absorbed some of the blow. He's been in hospital and had X-rays and been stitched up, but he's unable to play - he can't really move - he's a mess. Ol doesn't drink, it seems to be some medical problem that's being investigated. They did an ECG and we're awaiting results. Unfortunately we're having to pull out of the tour to get home to the UK where Ol can recuperate and have some follow-up tests.
Satyricon have made their upcoming single "Black Crow On A Tombstone" (which will be released on the 20th October) available for your listening pleasure, at this location (check it out in the player below that page).
The single is the first off the upcoming album "The Age Of Nero" which will be released on the 3rd November. All info about the album here.
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
"Black Crow On A Tombstone", the new video from Satyricon can now be viewed at this location. The band also posted a "The Age Of Nero" song-by-song video online, which can be watched at the same location.
Norwegian metallers Satyricon have issued the following update:
"We have completed the new album "The Age Of Nero" in its entirety and we are very very proud of it! The release date is 3 November and will be followed by a full European headlining tour opening in Stavanger, Norway 12 November and ending in Hamburg, Germany 20 December. Check out all the dates here.
A few more shows will be added soon. Opening act on the tour is Evile and the direct support act will be added soon.
Expect updates with tons of information on the new album and the tour, competitions, interviews and music in the next few weeks!"
Evile have officially been confirmed as a support act to Satyricon on their upcoming European Tour. The tour spreads widely throughout Europe including the UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland=;
Check the list of dates on the Evile 'Gigs' section to see if there'll be a show near you, and please note Evile will be the openers for the night, and will therefore play EARLY so get there in good time if you want to see them!
Satyricon / (other band tbc) / Evile
19 - Rotterdam, Waterfront NL
20 - Amsterdam, Melkweg NL
21 - DE TBC !
22 - Rennes, Antipode FR
23 - Paris, Loco FR
24 - Birmingham, Barfly UK
Norwegian metellars Satyricon have issued the following update::
''The last week and a half has been very eventful, recording vocals, brass with people from the the Broadcasting orchestra and the philharmonic, last night we had a choir called Grex Vocalis in the studio and we did a big photo shoot last weekend with tame wolves and lynx's (that were not tame) at some sort of reservate up in the mountains here in Norway. Very fascinating and powerful! We also went to some locations which represent the country's dramatic nature in a great way.
This week we're finishing the final recordings and preparing the album for mix. Saturday we play Kaltenbach Open Air in Austria and Monday we fly back to L.A to mix the record with Joe Barresi and do mastering with Brian Gardner.