Satyricon - Nemesis Divina review



Reviewer:
9.0

494 users:
8.69
Band: Satyricon
Album: Nemesis Divina
Release date: April 1996


01. The Dawn Of A New Age
02. Forhekset
03. Mother North
04. Du Som Hater Gud
05. Immortality Passion
06. Nemesis Divina
07. Transcendental Requiem Of Slaves


The peak of the 'sraditional? Black metal career of one of the most important and influential bands in the scene. In 1996 Satyr and Frost (helped for the guitars by Fenriz) released a concentrate of BM ideals, music and feelings.

?This is armaggeddon? Satyr scream at the beginning of the album. And his musical armaggedon is made by a tight, complex and melodic riffing, trademark of the band. Not ?pure? BM, not only full throttle madness, continuos blast beats and a dirt production but an intricated songwrting that privileges the time changing rather than the monotonous repetition of only one (Burzum-like) oppressive riff. In some parts, sudden changes of time let us hear a ?folk? melody, or a piano, or a xylophone.
Satyr's style is indeed carachterized by open, airy and layered compositions, prefectly capable to build up grim yet melodic riffing patterns, still keeping the ?evil? and cold feelings and create majestic atmospheres.

The main riff of ?Mother North?- a real anthem, probalbly one of the most representavie BM songs ever - is something of memorable, cold wind blowing furiously over the icy lands of the mother North.
The title track, on the other hand, is the anthem of the other main ideological element of Norwegian BM, the anger towards Christianity: is a shame that not everyone can understand the lyrics (in Norwegian), because this song is a real manifesto against it, about how it corrupt the northern lands through the words of a 21th century Viking like Satyr.
Quite important is to notice how the wonderfull instrumental ?Transcendental Requiem Of Slaves?- that closes the album - gives us some samples of how the new evolved style (through pseudo-industral noises and 'mechanical? riffs) of Satyricon will sound in the future.

There is not much more to say for an album able to wrote an important chapter af the BM movement, that closes one age of Satyricon's approach to BM and at the same time marks the beginning of the way of innovation that Satyr will mature throughout the following Ep and ?Intermezzo II? and will explode in all its controversity in the ?Rebel Extravaganza? album.

Written by Sephiroth | 30.09.2003


 


Comments

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23.06.2007 - 18:48
Warman
Erotic Stains
Truly a brilliant album! Great important songs such as Du Som hater gud (damn I love that title!) and the almighty Mother North!
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08.01.2008 - 11:52
Major
Great album, a must-have for every BM fan. Immortality Passion is my favorite Satyricon song.
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31.03.2008 - 00:31
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
another 1st class work from Satyricon! their medieval folk style from this album (and the two previous) are fantastic. This band deserves a place in the top 5 black metal.
Best Tracks: ''Forhekset'', ''Mother north'' and ''Immortallity Passion''.
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member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
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02.01.2009 - 14:00
In Bone Factory
A good sample for black.deep music as well.
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a hammerhead goobrian
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13.04.2009 - 09:19
Lord_Regnier
Masterpiece, like everything Satyricon did until that point. It's a pity this band became so shitty after this album.

I can never decide which album I prefer between "Nemesis Divina" and "Dark Medieval Times". But "Nemesis Divina" is more impressive, as far as musicianship is concerned.
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"Why would we fear death, when life is so much more frightening?"
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12.08.2009 - 01:04
Slayer666
A good album. Mother North is one of the Black Metal Monuments.
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13.08.2009 - 14:46
Smurfophagist
Oh satyricon, why, WHY?????
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Having a signature is an absolute must.
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30.09.2009 - 11:25
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
My favorite album by them
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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30.09.2009 - 11:26
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Ellrohir on 30.09.2009 at 11:25

My favorite album by them


Stop posting these sort of spam messages. Also explain WHY it is your favourite,
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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30.09.2009 - 11:28
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Because i like most of the tracks on album and Mother North is my fav bm song?
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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16.12.2009 - 19:09
lord artan
My favorite band forever
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10.05.2011 - 19:05
Yuyu
In the Top 10 of my favourite albums. "Inmortality passion" is fuckin incredible!
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23.09.2011 - 19:50
Cuca Beludo
Account deleted
At first I didn't liked it, but now I am getting into... Great band and great review too!
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