Throughout the years of Norwegian black metal, Satyricon are classified as one of the pioneers that paved the way for traditional black metal bands including Darkthrone, Emperor, Mayhem, Enslaved, and Immortal. From the iconic classics of Dark Medieval Times, The ShadowThrone and Nemesis Divinia to later material when they’ve decided to experiment more into their sound with albums such as Volcano and Now, Diabolical. Four years later, Satyricon have released Deep Calleth Upon Deep and is the follow-up to 2013’s self titled.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep is best described as Black N’ Roll as they’ve dived this album into the most proggy, charming, introspective and regularly extensive to the band’s long-running career. From the songs being revitalized and energized to their philosophical lyricism, it be nearly impossible to predict what the album is really trying to head on with their Black N’ Roll musical signatures. From the production, craftsmanship, arrangements, and smelting elements to the melodic instrumental tones, Satyr’s and Frost’s twisted melodies and revolutionized zones of fine comforting, they somehow managed to pull their own strings attached and incorporate free boundaries making the album a much more progressive and textural approach.
They’ve also done a great job keeping the songs have a naturalistic character where each track symbolizes odd harmonics, textural guitar riffage, additional levels of technicality and while it may not necessarily be the frosty and gritty sound die hard Satyricon fans love the album has a self-referential character as the lyrics are extremely poetic, eerie and the atmosphere portrays a plateau so organic that this is one of the band’s most strongest and welcoming albums they’ve done in nearly a decade. If you previously enjoyed the band’s later material you may be pleasantly surprised as their albums represents different identities but also keeping the stylistic roots alive and kicking.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler