Norwegian black metallers, Satyricon have released a new single called Deep Calleth Upon Deep. It will feature on their 9th studio album due out on the 22nd of September this year. Deep calleth upon Deep will be released via Napalm Records having been recorded in Oslo and Vancouver earlier this year.
While Satyricon started out with a typical, Scandinavian sound, they slowly started introducing more traditional heavy metal elements. This helped the band become the first Norwegian black metal band to join a multi-national record label when they signed for EMI.
Satyricon are a two piece having started life off with a full band, in the demo years. As members left, the two remaining members stayed as such and instead employed “live members” to help them when touring. Satyricon are the immensely talented Sigurd Wongraven (Satyr) who looks after vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass recording duties. He is supported by Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad (Frost) who looks after drums.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep, the single, is just over 4 and a half minutes long. You really get the feel of the traditional heavy metal elements in the intro with a nice crunchy sounding guitars playing a rhythmic riff. As the intro progresses, the drums start pounding out a faster beat and then the vocals join in. The vocals are growled but not viciously. You can clearly here all the words. The drums are still fast and the guitars are still slow and rhythmic.
The riff that comes in for the chorus is brilliantly atmospheric and while the vocals don’t really change in tone or pitch, backing choir singing comes in for the line “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”. It sounds great and feels very black. There are more choir like vocals in the guitar driven instrumental section the follows the chorus. Again the riffs are solid thought he drum beat stands out more.
You get more of the same in the second verse and chorus before another chunky riff and fast, tapping drum rhythm play out to the end. They are joined by intermittent snarls of the title track and continuous backing from the choir as the songs fades out.
It is a good song. There is plenty of black metal atmosphere and eeriness. There is plenty of darkness. Musically it feels a bit more “heavy metal” at times with just a sprinkling of devilishness but that is Satyricon’s way now. The black metal is all there but more in the feel of the track. All in all, an enjoyable return though. It isn’t going to set the world alight but it is a decent track that shows plenty of promise for the new record.
Satyricon frontman Satyr had the following to say – “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record. If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special. If there are more records then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning. I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.”
You can check out Deep Calleth Upon Deep for yourself here. You can also preorder the album from Napalm Records here or via the Amazon and Apple links below. Check out Satyricon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information on them and their music. Be sure to like and follow them while you are there.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep by Satyricon (Deep Calleth Upon Deep)
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