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I bought Satyricon’s Now, Diabolical after hearing quite a few tracks from Nemesis Divina. So, as you can imagine I was instantly disappointed and shocked with this album. It’s not black metal (like Satyricon should be) and it has a good production… hmm. Tracks such as Delirium, The Rite of Our Cross and To the Mountains have a black metal ‘feel’, unlike K.I.N.G, Now, Diabolical and A New Enemy, which aren’t bad tracks, they just aren’t what a Satyricon fan expects.
The production, as I mentioned before, is good. It’s very clear and everything seems well placed in the mix, the vocals are still sound very good, it’s good to know some aspects of Satyricon haven’t changed… yet. The riffs sound nothing like second wave Satyricon. They sound very modern, like something you’d hear on the radio. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this album was played on the radio.
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh on Satyricon, but I can’t exactly word this any other way. It’s obvious that Satyricon are trying to move away from the second wave sound they once possessed and are trying to, along with a few other bands, give black metal a new, modern twist which I don’t like. Black metal wasn’t made to be pretty and sound ‘nice’. Black metal is about ugliness and hatred. No one can honestly say Now, Diabolical is full of hatred and anger..
Now, Diabolical has absolutely no feeling or emotion, it must’ve been filtered out with along with the raw production. Black metal is supposed to make you feel angry, depressed, alone or all of the above. Now, Diabolical creates none of these moods, just like pop music, deathcore or Trivium (Oh damn).
Obviously, I found this album a huge disappointment, like many Satyricon fans. If it was any other band I would’ve probably found it to be ‘alright’ but knowing what Satyricon used to be and what they have become it sickens me. The second wave of black metal is slowly falling apart.