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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Satyricon/Dark Medieval Times/Moonfog Records/1994 CD Review


  Satyricon are a band from Norway that has a long history and is one of the most well known bands of that genre that played a very epic, atmospheric, forest style of black metal with this recording and this is a review of their classic 1994 album "Dark Medieval Times" which was released by Moonfog Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the keyboards bring a very dark, atmospheric and epic feeling to the music mixed in with a brief use of pagan sounding flutes, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding with some dark sounding melodies being utilized at times and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the classical guitars they use finger picking and full chords to add another dimension of darkness to the music.

Vocals are a mixture of grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams with a brief use of whispered vocals and spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover dark, medieval and forest themes with the song writing being in a mixture of Norwegian and English, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion this was one of the greatest albums from Satyricon and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Walk The Path Of Sorrow" "Dark Medieval Times" and "The Dark Castle In The Deep Forest". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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