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Oslo, Norway (1991 – present)

Satyricon is an influential band, whose line-up over the years has constantly revolved around a stable core of multi-instrumentalist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and drum powerhouse Kjetil Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad.

Satyricon was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1991 by Czral (Carl-Michael Eide, of Ved Buens Ende, Ulver and Virus) and Wargod. Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven (also in Thorns, Storm and Wongraven) took over lead vocals in 1991.

A year later renowned drummer Kjetil Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad joined the band. Frost has appeared in 1349, Keep of Kalessin, Gorgoroth, and Gehenna. Members of many other bands have contributed to Satyricon either in the studio or live, including Tchort, Samoth and Ihsahn of Emperor, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone, and A O. Gronbech of Keep of Kalessin.

Satyricon credit their 1993 first album, Dark Medieval Times, with starting a sub-genre of black metal termed medieval metal. The album displayed their fascination with the Middle Ages, blending extreme metal with acoustic guitar and flute.

Satyricon’s 1994 second album, The Shadowthrone, kept some of the medieval soundscapes that Dark Medieval Times showcased, but with more of a or feel. This album saw the band collaborate with Samoth (of Emperor and Zyklon fame, and Frost’s bandmate in the short-lived Zyklon-B).

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  • Kubason71

    :D It's ok.

    19 Jan 6:26pm Reply
  • bloodinsanity

    The last album is just horrid to my ears, but the other albums are pretty good.

    16 Jan 11:42pm Reply
  • maxxy

    Hey, here's an actually active group on last.fm for music discussion. It's metal-oriented though. Join if you are interested Cheers! http://www.last.fm/group/Unholy+Cult+of+the+Appraised+and+Damned

    11 Jan 4:20am Reply
  • Satyr_FFF_666

    Absolutely agree with BTsGraveland here. Their black'n'roll albums are awesome and unique. (1)

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Infected_doll

    Snu...Vend...Hit..Mot det andre

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dark-frost

    Dragon wings - crooked horns KING!

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Absolutely agree with BTsGraveland here. Their black'n'roll albums are awesome and unique.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    I just wish they kept making black 'n' roll, instead of that completely boring self-titled they did. Lacked the cold intense atmosphere of their early albums, and the headbanger catchy riffs of the black 'n' roll. Now, Diabolical is just out of this world awesome.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Dark Medieval Times, The Shadowthrone, and Nemesis Divina!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    i wish they'd make stuff similar to demonaz...

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Saturninne

    See you in Poland.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • getgaining

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Necrophant

    dusty rock? there are tons of songs like to the mountains on the last records that dont meet that description at all.

    1 Dec 2014 Reply
  • irresistibIe

    Dark Medieval Times is my favourite Satyricon album, but I actually really enjoyed Now, Diabolical and The Age of Nero as well. [2]

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    DRAGONS BREATHE FIRE

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    TBF: new one is marginally better than the last two before it, but fuck that, I listened to Rebel Extravaganza the other day and that songwriting is a distant misty Northern legend.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    It's not if about 'it came out in '93...', it's the fact that the last three albums have been plowing the same dried up furrow of dusty rock 'n' roll with (ironically) no soul.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Necrophant

    some dude on yt: "if this album came out in 93 everyone would praise it" now im not saying its the their best work or anything but i dont mind them experimenting at all it worked for rebel extravaganza i guess. shit atleast there is no k.i.n.g. on the last one. i listened to the record maybe 2 times or so. but just on yt "The Infinity Of Time And Space" seemed to me as a pretty good song. the analog sound comes across great!

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    лучше Mother North ничего нет

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    new album's slightly more palatable - still bad, mind you, compared to their past 4 albums - coming back to it a year later, but still, phoenix is terrible - just like undead moon by ofermod.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
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