For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, much of the metal community seems to believe that if a band who’ve been around for a while decide to use their own name, and nothing more, as the title of an album, it better be a superior achievement, a defining moment for the band’s sound, a blockbuster. Norway’s Satyricon have now walked straight into the teeth of such expectations. Their new album will be named Satyricon, and it is now scheduled for release on September 17 via Nuclear Blast.
This will be the band’s eighth studio album, and given their influential history, expectations would be high even if it weren’t self-titled. But the band aren’t backing away from those expectations by one inch — they’re embracing them. Here’s what frontman Satyr is quoted as saying in a press release:
“We are back. Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this. Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move. Naming this record Satyricon was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”
Pretty bold stuff, and pretty exciting, too. The only other tidbit of info I have at this point is that the album will include a guest appearance by fellow Norwegian Sivert Høyem from a rock group called Madrugada (with whom I’m unfamiliar). Don’t know if that offers any clues to what the album holds in store, but I pass it along.
UPDATE: Satyricon have posted just a brief whisp of music from the new album, a preview of a song called “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight”. You can listen at either of these places; the second link includes a track list:
Satyricon is now available for pre-order here.