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Satyricon (band)

Satyricon live in 2011
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Black metal
Years active 1991–present
Labels Moonfog, Century Media, Sony BMG, EMI, Roadrunner
Associated acts Zyklon-B, Emperor, Darkthrone, Dodheimsgard
Members Satyr
Past members Kveldulv

Satyricon is a Norwegian black metal band, formed in 1991 in Oslo. Satyr and Frost have been the band's core members since 1993. The band's first three albums typify the Norwegian black metal style. Since its fourth album in 1999, the band has strayed from this style and included elements of hard rock in their sound. Satyricon was the first Norwegian black metal band to join a multi-national record label (EMI).[1]


Satyricon performing live at the Costa de Fuego festival in Benicàssim in July 2012

The band were formed in 1990 as Eczema[2] by the bassist Wargod and drummer Exhurtum. In 1991, they decided to start playing black metal, so the name was changed to Satyricon. Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) then joined the band. After the first demo All Evil, Exhurtum was kicked out of the band because he "preferred hanging out with my girl at the time rather than kicking down gravestones together with the band",[2] while Wargod left the music scene and became a UN soldier afterwards.[3] Lemarchand was kicked out after the second demo. Remaining members Satyr and Lemarchand hired the drummer Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) as a session musician and recorded their second and last demo, The Forest Is My Throne. Shortly after this, Lemarchand also left the band. But before leaving the band he recorded guitars (uncredited on the booklet) for the first full-length album, Dark Medieval Times. In the meantime, Frost was being "promoted" as a permanent member and had recorded drums for the aforementioned album. Satyricon have—with two exceptions—been a two-man band ever since: from 1993–1996, Tomas Thormodsæter 'Samoth' Haugen from Emperor was the bassist and guitarist of Satyricon, and participated in the recording of their second album, The Shadowthrone; and later, in 1996, Darkthrone member Nocturno Culto (Ted Skjellum, known as "Kveldulv" during Satyricon's period) became guitarist on the third full-length Satyricon album, Nemesis Divina.

Rebel Extravaganza, Satyricon's fourth album, was released in 1999.

In April and May 2000, Satyricon toured as a supporting band for Pantera.[4] Phil Anselmo has spoken of his love for black metal numerous times, and has participated in Eibon with Satyricon frontman Satyr.[5] They used to be signed with Daron Malakian's music label EatUrMusic.[6]

Their fifth studio album Volcano was released in 2002 and won four awards: the Norwegian Grammy for Best Metal Album, an Alarm award for the track "Fuel for Hatred" in the category Song of the Year, the Alarm Award for Metal Album of the Year and The Oslo award for Best Overall Album.[7][8][9]

Satyricon participated in the Darkthrone tribute Darkthrone Holy Darkthrone, released by Moonfog Productions in 1998, covering the song "Kathaarian Life Code". In the same year, Satyricon participated in the Bathory tribute In Conspiracy with Satan, released by Hellspawn/No Fashion Records, featuring the song "Born for Burning" originally released on Crusade from the North in 1996.

In 2006, Satyricon released Now, Diabolical.[10]

In March 2008, the band headlined the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo for the first time.

The EP My Skin Is Cold was released before their seventh album, The Age of Nero, which was released on 3 November 2008.[11][12]

Satyricon released their self-titled eighth full-length album on 9 September 2013.[13]

Musical style

The band's first album, 1994's Dark Medieval Times (recorded in 1993), showed off the fascination Satyricon had with the Middle Ages and featured raw black metal blast beats produced by Frost, mixed with acoustic guitar and flute. On their next album, The Shadowthrone, this medieval spirit was continued. Rock Hard journalist Wolf-Rüdiger Mühlmann wrote that Satyricon reached their "very early zenith" with that album and Nemesis Divina.[14]

Describing their fifth studio album, 2002's Volcano, frontman Satyr stated in a press release and biography on their homepage 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." Mühlmann wrote that Satyricon's path after their zenith reached with their second and third album has only a limited connection to black metal,[14] whereas Metal Hammer journalist Robert Müller described Satyr as a "latently arrogant guy who, along the way, makes great music that constantly tests the borders of the genre".[15] His colleague Gunnar Sauermann, on the other hand, considers Satyricon "a pseudo-black pop (and popular) band these days".[16] In their report from the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, he and Thomas Sonder wrote that they "almost play[ed] hard rock" at the beginning of their show.[17]

Band members


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications


Dark Medieval Times
  • Released: Spring 1994
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
The Shadowthrone
  • Released: September 12, 1994
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
Nemesis Divina
  • Released: April 22, 1996
  • Label: Moonfog, Century Media
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
Rebel Extravaganza
  • Released: September 6, 1999
  • Label: Moonfog, Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
32 27
  • Released: October 25, 2002
  • Label: Moonfog, Capitol, eatURmusic
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Now, Diabolical
  • Released: April 17, 2006
  • Label: Roadrunner, Century Media, Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2 195 28 47
The Age of Nero
  • Released: November 3, 2008
  • Label: Koch, Roadrunner, Indie
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
5 156 30 136 26 73
  • Released: September 9, 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner, Indie
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 129 108 148 6 132 18 47 37
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

Title Album details
The Box Set
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: LP
Ten Horns – Ten Diadems
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Split albums

Title Album details Note
The Forest Is My Throne / Yggdrassil
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: CD
  • split with Enslaved


Title Album details
  • Released: June 13, 1997
  • Label: Moonfog, Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Intermezzo II
  • Released: May 10, 1999
  • Label: Moonfog, Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download
My Skin Is Cold
  • Released: June 2, 2008
  • Label: Roadrunner, Indie
  • Formats: LP+CD


Year Single Peak positions Album
2003 "Fuel For Hatred"  – Volcano
2006 "K.I.N.G." 7 Now, Diabolical
"The Pentagram Burns"  –
2008 "Black Crow on a Tombstone"  – The Age of Nero
2013 "Our World, It Rumbles Tonight"  – Satyricon
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Album details
All Evil
  • Released: June 22, 1992
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CS
The Forest Is My Throne
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CS

Video albums

Title Album details
Roadkill Extravaganza - A True Roadmovie
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Moonfog
  • Formats: VHS, DVD

Music videos

Year Title Director Album
1996 "Mother North" Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven Nemesis Divina
2002 "Fuel for Hatred" Jonas Åkerlund Volcano
2006 "K.I.N.G"[34] John Nothingworth Now, Diabolical
"The Pentagram Burns"[35] Håvard Arnstad
2008 "Black Crow on a Tombstone"[36] Ove Heiborg, Fredrik Kiosterud The Age of Nero
2013 "Phoenix"[37]


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