Trve kvltists have a lot of enemies but few achieve levels of Satyricon. The Gazebo reviewed their classic 'Nemesis Divina' a while back and it's actually the last pure black metal album they made. The band suddenly opted for a more black'n' rolly and streamlined sound (we don't speak about the industrial phase). Needless to say, it pissed a lot of people off. Now it's time to look at their latest, ninth record "Deep Calleth Upon Deep". How much did the band change in twenty one years, how triggering are they for trve kvltists today and what's the deal with this album cover? Let's find ou.. no, not going there.
The short answer is yes but this record is a return to a more primal sound, the cover is Edvard Munch's painting and I started liking it as time passed, same could be said about their sound. With 'Deep Calleth...' our trusty Norwegian duo actually made a comeback imo. "Midnight Serpent" starts the record off rather quickly, clearly showing the band's roots but is combined with their newer, more catchy and rock 'n' roll oriented meld of black metal. Satyr is an underrated riff maestro and here we have a bunch of creative yet simple riff goodness.
He sounds surprisingly good as well, somehow adding melody while screeching, odd but it works well. Frost is brilliant as always yet here he reached a new level, creative, not too flashy but still groovy as hell. "To Your Brethren In The Dark" is doomy, ominous and contains amazing riffs and pacing. In fact, the whole record has great atmosphere and sounds excellent. Granted, the mix was odd for me at first but I realized they were going for a more organic sound. The drums sound especially good.
Another novelty with 'Deep Calleth...' is the implementation of instruments as the almighty sax, french horn, mellotron and cello. "Dissonant" being a clear example with the sax closely following Satyr's notesteps. With a surprisingly lot to offer 'Deep Calleth...' is one of Satyricon's finest works to date and a logical continuation of their self-titled record. Hopefully they continue this trend.