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Satyricon goes operatic

Satyricon recently teamed up with the Norwegian Opera and its orchestra and choir for a spectacular celebration of the iconic metal outfit’s latest, self titled album out now in Europe.

To coincide with the release of their self-titled, eighth studio album, Satyricon played a highly special live show on September 8 at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet in Oslo, Norway, where they were joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Choir as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

Says Satyricon frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven: – Satyricon excels as a band, the bigger the platform is. In Norway, there is no greater stage than the main hall of our new Opera House. There is nowhere better suited to provide the dynamics, power and authenticity to such an occasion than the Opera Choir and Satyricon. To us, there is no better way to celebrate with our fans that we are back with our first album in five years.”

Indie Recordings, in the rest of Europe through Roadrunner Records, and on September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced by Sigurd Wongraven and was recorded in Norway, and mixed by Adam Kasper. The album also features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, prolific vocalist and songwriter, perhaps best known as the front man of the rock band Madrugada.

Read more over at Blabbermouth.

Following Satyricon’s Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival appearance at the Opera on Sunday, international media reps have posted a string of highly positive reviews. A few excerpts:

‘I admit that when the show was announced, I had some doubts. I’ve heard lots of metal bands over the years work with choirs and orchestra’s. More than often the result was over the top and bombastic (yes, I am talking to you Metallica!). Already during the first seconds of the Satyricon show in Oslo, any doubts I had were blown away. While the band sounded great as ever: dark, aggressive and intense – the choir added a creepy atmosphere that gave the music an extra dimension. I also loved the visual aspect of the show. A full blown metal band, backed by an angelic looking choir, it was an awesome sight. I also loved to witness the interaction, especially between Satyr and the choir and conductor. Obviously a great time was had by all, including the audience. Can’t wait for the DVD!’ – Robert Haagsma, Aardshok

‘See this legend of black metal on the stage of an Opera’s auditorium was an unforgettable experience for sure. The use of choir transcends the music of Satyricon. It pushes its unique universe into a highest level of power, magic and mysticism, with this more dramatic atmosphere I literally rediscovered some classics, especially songs like “Den Siste” or “To The Mountains”. The new songs also seemed to be created for such an event, in particular on the clearest moments. The classic black metal hit “Mother North”, with his fast guitar play mixed with “tormented” vocals from the choir was totally mindblowing! As amazing as expected. Can’t wait to watch the dvd!’ – Guillaume Fleury, Rock Hard France

‘It was really impressive. The opera is a beautiful building and the combination of Satyricon and the choir was awesome. There are far too many rock/classic collabos that just play along without really adding something to the songs (take Metallica and Kiss for example), but this was really different. Some parts really gave me goosebumps!
It was a great trip!’ – Jan Jaedike, Rock Hard Germany

Metal Hammer recently published a thorough audio interview with Satyricon front-man Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven. Listen to it here:


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