SATYRICON SIGNS TO KOCH RECORDS, NEW ALBUM, THE AGE OF NERO, TO BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 13, 2009
(November 17, 2008 New York, NY) - Highly influential extreme metal band SATYRICON has signed a North American recording deal with KOCH Records. The revered Norwegian outfit will release its seventh studio album, The Age of Nero, on January 13, 2009.
From the time of its formation in 1990, SATYRICON has consistently created dark, compelling music wrought with blackened melodies and Scandinavian occult themes. Beginning with the release of the band's debut - 1993's Dark Medieval Times - SATYRICON has scorned trends and abhorred tried and tested genre stereotypes, always putting its music first, often times as both a surprise and challenge to the listener.
Largely written in a remote cabin in the Norwegian mountains by headman Satyr, The Age of Nero features eight of the most ashen, yet fascinating songs in SATYRICON's critically acclaimed history. From the unstoppable urgency that drips from the roll out cut 'Black Crow On A Tombstone' to the epic frenzy of 'Die By My Hand' and through to the bleak nihilism of album closer 'Den Siste', The Age of Nero dispatches both rocking blackness and a chilling sonic intensity.
Recorded in Los Angeles' Sound City Studios (Metallica, Slayer) with Satyr acting as producer and "Evil" Joe Baresi (Tool, Saviours, Queens of the Stone Age) twisting the knobs, The Age of Nero is a brazen tour de force. In a notable departure from the band's previous way of working, the guitars have been seriously downtuned, adding to the raw power of the record's sound. Drummer Frost's cyclonic percussion defines the austere atmosphere of the album as much as Satyr's pronounced guitar work. The Age of Nero album art has been posted online and can be viewed at HYPERLINK "http://www.action-pr.com/uploads/art/157/cover%20-%20the%20age%20of%20nero.JPG" this location.
When asked to comment on The Age of Nero, Satyr stated, "Everything that we do in Satyricon is built around the music itself. That means that our artwork and visuals are chosen or created to function well with the music - either to emphasize elements in the music or to contribute to a sense of totality. The layout for "The Age of Nero" is truly a fine piece of art; everything from the pictures chosen to the
fonts and colors of the letters are carefully picked in order to feel right for this album and its general atmosphere. The album title has multiple references to subjects that on some level pertain to the album itself; 'Nero' is a metaphor for darkness but also for destructive elements in mankind that threaten to bring down an empire. The 'age of Nero' refers to Satyricon as that famous piece of literature depicts scenes from Nero's Rome, but it also refers to our own time and the threat of downfall that is again mirrored in the apocalyptic feel of our music. It all neatly comes together."
The final track listing for The Age of Nero is as follows:
1.) Commando 2.) The Wolfpack 3.) Black Crow on a Tombstone 4.) Die By My Hand 5.) My Skin is Cold 6.) The Sign of the Trident 7.) Last Man Standing 8.) Den Siste
The brand new music video for the song "Black Crow on a Tombstone" has been posted online and is available for viewing now at HYPERLINK "http://www.satyricon.no/news/" http://www.satyricon.no/news/. Additionally, SATYRICON graced the cover of the November 1, 2008 issue of the UK's Kerrang!. Check out the magazine cover at http://www.action-pr.com/uploads/photos/144/K!%20cover%201%20Nov%2008.jpg.
SATYRICON will launch a North American tour in support of The Age of Nero beginning January 15 in Sayreville, NJ. The band will hit the road alongside Cradle of Filth for a 33 city trek that is scheduled to run through February 28 in Philadelphia, PA. A full listing of 2009 SATYRICON tour dates follows this message.
Over the course of its distinguished career, SATYRICON has been widely recognized for its distinctive sound as well as its contributions to the genre. The band won the Norwegian Indie Awards' "Alarm" for "Best Live Act" in 2000, and in 2002, won the Norwegian Grammy for "Best Metal Album" for Volcano, in addition to Alarm Awards for "Metal Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for their track "Fuel for Hatred"). SATYRICON also won an Oslo Award for "Best Overall Album" that year. In 2006, SATYRICON won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for "Best Underground Act" as well as the "International Metal Album of the Year" honor at the Danish Music Awards for its album Now, Diabolical.
"Where most of the genre's crews pump you with a sense of superinflated nothingness, Norway's SATYRICON breathe deeper, riff stronger - these Vikings have got their feet on the ground. To complete an epic vision hammered home by drummer Frost's midsection punishment, they litter soundscapes with painterly melodic touches and billions of tinkling noise shards." - LA WEEKLY
"perfect...fundamentally black metal, it just happens to be infused with monster grooves and memorable, slightly rock-oriented, songwriting." - BLABBERMOUTH
"relentless...the cumulative effect is an irresistible urge to headbang and put fists in the air" - ALTERNATIVE PRESS
SATYRICON TOUR DATES: (all dates also include Cradle of Filth)
January 15 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom January 16 Worcester, MA The Palladium January 17 Montreal, QC Metropolis January 18 Quebec City, QC Theatre Capitole January 20 Toronto, ON Sound Academy January 21 Cleveland, OH House of Blues January 23 Detroit, MI Harpo's January 24 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club January 25 Chicago, IL House of Blues January 26 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue January 28 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre January 30 Calgary, Alb MacEwan Hall Ballroom January 31 Edmonton, AB The Union February 2 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom February 3 Seattle, WA Showbox February 4 Portland, OR Roseland February 9 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk February 10 San Francisco, CA Regency Center February 11 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater February 12 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim February 13 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre February 14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues February 16 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar February 17 Dallas, TX House of Blues February 18 Houston, TX House of Blues February 20 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade February 21 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone February 22 Pompano Beach , FL Cinema Club February 24 Asheville, NC Orange Peel February 25 Norfolk, VA The Norva February 26 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live February 27 New York, NY Nokia Theater February 28 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
- The Age Of Nero
- Release 1/13/2009
- Buy CD
- The Wolfpack
- Black Crow on a Tombstone
- My Skin is Cold
- The Sign of the Trident
- Last Man Standing
- Den Siste