Saturday, November 8, 2008

Satyricon - The Age of Nero / Johnny Truant Break Up

These last couple of weeks have certainly been quite exciting for certain music lovers out there, especially Satyricon fans who awaited their favorite black and roll band’s latest release entitled The Age of Nero.

The album is a solid piece of work from the black metal pioneers. It still runs in the same vein as the previous 2 releases Now, Diabolical and Volcano, but unlike the former, The Age of Nero is just a tad more cohesive and consistent. It has the grooves, it has the catchy pagan-infused melodies, and even last song Den Siste (which ironically enough translates as “The Last”) has an orchestra backing it, taking us back on a memory lane to The Shadowthrone when Satyricon were true medieval black metal mavericks.

The album though is nothing new, and will probably just piss the “krieg-krue” (Black-Metal elitists) off even more, but there is really not a bad song on here in actuality. There is the traditional Satyricon black & roll production, incorporating all kinds of eerie and unsettling noises.

Recommendations would include The Wolfpack, Satyricon’s most poppy song to date, rivaling even Fuel for Hatred and The Pentagram Burns, but it works. It’s fun and accessible without losing credibility. Who says black metal should be depressing? Sign of The Trident is an epic number with hard sonic punches and some faster drumming. Frost is most certainly one of black metal’s finest and fastest drummers, but in Satyricon’s black and roll era prefers a solid, steady and classy drum progression. He shows off when he has to, but for the most keeps the songs tight and flowing.

All in all a solid release; consistent, but not anything ground-breaking. This is a good album to check out if you desire to get into them.

In other music news, Johnny Truant have announced that they will be parting ways. Very sad to hear, having just released their stunning new album No Tears For The Creatures. They will have their final tour in the U.K. in December.

"We have had many amazing years and made many great friends along the way. Thank you to everyone that has supported us and shared so many amazing times with us, its been a hell of a ride and one that we are very proud of. Our final shows will be in the UK December. Come along and lets make them the biggest party we can."

A great loss for British music.

Check out their Myspace here.

Here’s their video for their latest single The Grotesque: