I recently saw Satyricon at the Norwegian Opera, playing with the Norwegian Opera Choir. The concert was sold out and got great reviews. Since then Satyricon have started a European tour that lasts until Christmas. Yesterday night they played a local festival in Raade, south of Oslo, and two days before they played in Sibir in Russia.
I saw Satyricon at the festival in Raade, the hometown of Satyricon’s bass player, Anders Odden. The venue wasn’t sold out, which may come frome this being a no age event without alcohol sales. In some places in Norway the audience might choose to stay at home, or go to private parties instead of going to an alcohol-free event, even if the band is Satyricon. Go figure!
Satyricon have always been a tight band, with front man Satyr and drummer Frost being very serious about all the details in their music. With ace musicians Azarak (Steinar Gundersen) and Gildas Le Pape on guitars, Anders Odden on bass and Anders Hunstad on keyboards, Satyricon is tighter and harder than most bands, and with many interesting details both in the melodies, riffs and rhythms. On their latest album, Satyricon, they have also gone in a direction that should attract even more fans, also from outside the hardest nucleus of black metal fans.
Here is a story and pictures from the first time Satyricon played with the Norwegian Opera Choir in 2012, and here are pictures from the full concert in September 2013.
All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.