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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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  • MosherSam13

    "They suck so much, why don't they stop humiliating themselves and do something else?" LOL oh no, a bunch of stupid, pretentious black metal elitist pony tail dorks don't like them anymore so they must be humiliating themselves because IT'S NOT TRVE ANYMORE. I'm sure they feel very silly and humiliated while they tour the world playing awesome music.

    20 Oct 12:08pm Reply
  • Satyr_FFF_666

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  • Satan1st

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  • versionfiv

    i kinda wish they hadn't gotten so lazy with their lyrics. i really like black crow on a tombstone but those lyrics are pretty dumb. same with commando. rebel extravaganza, hell even volcano had pretty good lyrics.

    2 Oct 4:37pm Reply
  • K696

    "Phoenix" <3 :)

    1 Oct 6:06pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    But Satyr's looks on the Black Crow On a Tombstone music video are sort of swag in my opinion. And I don't consider this a bad thing at all. It perfectly fits this charismatic motherfucker.

    26 Sep 8:50pm Reply
  • s_mars

    Swagtyricon ahahah it could be Now, Diabolical. There's nothing SWAG in The Age of Nero, there were also Snorre Ruch in that: nothing SWAG at all. Ok, let's start one minute of hate.

    24 Sep 10:10pm Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    My Vocal Cover of Satyricon's K.I.N.G.

    21 Sep 3:36pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    well i dunno, satyr does have his own wine... thats pretty swaggery.

    17 Sep 7:55pm Reply
  • wholly-mountain


    10 Sep 4:04pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    I like Swagtyricon a lot but just re-listened to Nemesis Divina and they'll never touch that level of creativity again. For shame Swagyr!

    4 Sep 10:13pm Reply
  • Wakejszon

    why Lisa, why are you doing this to me, why why?

    3 Sep 2:47pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Swagtyricon > old Satyricon

    1 Sep 12:36am Reply
  • Battler_Nija

    Old Satyricon or no Satyricon . > Keep Black Metal alive.

    29 Aug 6:46am Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    The Shadowthrone is good.

    17 Aug 8:40pm Reply
  • special_user

    They suck so much, why don't they stop humiliating themselves and do something else? Satyricon died a long time ago. They should do something else with their lives, like open a flower shop, selling cactuses or something.

    16 Aug 2:45pm Reply
  • MCWicheeR


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  • lllAnteklll

    They were good on Brutal Assault.

    11 Aug 10:08am Reply
  • Lary_Filth


    5 Aug 6:52am Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    I really like old and new Satyricon

    3 Aug 8:45am Reply
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