Volcano

Label
Parlophone Music Norway
Release date
4 Jun 2007
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
54:10

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 With Ravenous Hunger 6:37 32,303
2 Angstridden 6:19 31,415
3 Fuel for Hatred 3:52 59,963
4 Suffering the Tyrants 5:04 29,523
5 Possessed 5:19 30,796
6 Repined Bastard Nation 5:40 39,028
7 Mental Mercury 6:51 26,904
8 Black Lava 14:28 27,466

About this album

Volcano
2002, Capitol, EatURmusic/Colombia Records 2004
I like it if an album title enriches the listening experience with the proper associations.
’Volcano’ does this as well as ’Rebel Extravaganca’, Satyricon’s last album that gave back savage fury to the extreme metal scene. This music is unpredictable like the forces of nature, sometimes eruptive and seething with primordial might, sometimes slowly but unstoppable like lava. ’Volcano’ offers a stark contrast to ’Rebel’.
The straightforward song structures highlight the grim atmosphere of black metal.

Their exceptional skills as musicians are solely dedicated to this use. While ’Rebel’ operated with elements of surprise, ’Volcano’ aims at capturing the listener, at sucking him into a maelstrom of fiery emotions. In spite of the brutal display of power Satyricon manage to add subtle nuances: dynamic changes in tempo, shifting sound shades add a sharp, organic naturalness to the menacing gloom – thus giving it relevance, because this darkness is no romantic invention, no abstract delusion, but derived from firsthand experience. The sound of ’Volcano’ is the sound of the cozy cocoon of civilization torn apart, it envisions the cold emptiness behind.
This album strengthens Satyricon’s role as the guilty conscience for a musical genre that carries unscrupulousness on its banners but turned it into a holy idol a long time ago, thus strangling all innovation. ’Volcano’ doesn’t preach revolution, it is an astute confession to the fundamental truths of artistic existence. It doesn’t work with clichees, instead it approaches the abyss inside every human being with a shocking directness: Hate, despair, anger and fear.

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