Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep (2017)
Deep Calleth Upon Deep is the ninth studio album by Norwegian black metal band Satyricon. It was released on 22 September 2017, under Napalm Records. The album began to be composed in early 2015. However, in late September/early October of that year Satyricon frontman, Sigurd Wongraven was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. Due to this situation, the production process for a new album suffered significant delays, while he underwent months of non-surgical treatment and recovery.
I know a lot of fans are not going to be happy with the new direction Satyricon is heading, this is truly is an amazing album. The album is absolutely beautiful, and much of it reminds me of their first few albums, particularly Volcano. The guitars are spot on and heavy as hell and incredibly thrashy and fast. This is also some of the best drummings I’ve heard in a long fucking time, it’s very rare that I listen to an album where the drums stand out from the rest of the mix. But Frost is no ordinary drummer, now is he?
Deep Calleth Upon Deep is tight and is no doubt one of the best black metal albums I’ve listened to in a good while. Fans of Satyricon and black metal know that this is straight-up great musicianship. Satyr’s voice is also amazing on this album and has some of the best vocals around. If you want to hear mind-blowing then check out Satyricon’s new release. It’s loaded with many standout tracks in my opinion, with an incredibly furious pace that is sure to please any fan of the band or black metal in general.
The material on the album is also well written, relatively diverse for the genre, and while it´s not Satyricon´s most innovative release, the quality is high throughout and there are several really strong compositions featured on the album. I´d mention “To Your Brethren In The Dark” and the title track as some of the highlights, but there are no sub-par tracks on the album, which is entertaining throughout.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep was recorded between March – April 2017 in Oslo Klang, a recording facility in downtown Oslo, Norway and Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Canada. The disc features guest session musicians such as Anders Odden (Satyricon’s live bassist), jazz saxophonist Håkon Kornstad and some members of Oslo Philharmonic, but their contributions are somewhat lower than in other albums of the band.
It was mixed in July by Mike Fraser, who had already worked with Satyricon in Now, Diabolical (2006). The musical style is very similar to their previous albums, with a tempo mostly slower, structures influenced by post-rock music and an accessible and commercial sound. It has been described as a more “black ‘n’ roll” direction, instead of the more traditional black metal.
The singular cover art comes from an obscure illustration by recognized Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, drawn in 1898. A music video was made for “To Your Brethren In The Dark”, directed by Laban Pheidias. The video (the first from the band in nine years), features American actresses Tonya Cornelisse, Jesse Hotchkiss, Diana Wyenn and Shawn Kathryn Kane. In January 2018, the album was nominated in Norway for the Spellemann Award for the best metal album. However, the winner was E of Enslaved.
Album: Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Released: September 22, 2017
Label: Napalm Records
Producer: Sigurd Wongraven
Genre: Black Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 4.6 /5
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