Satyricon - _Rebel Extravaganza_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
In a time when many claim that black metal is dying and progression only seems to continue in its more symphonic side, Satyr has decided to show a different path that is likely to be followed by plenty of bands in the coming months. With very few exceptions, the music on _Rebel Extravaganza_ has been stripped of all the keyboard components that were usually part of Satyricon's music and of classics like "Mother North". This is all guitar, rhythm and voice. Though many bands these days might collapse without the aid of a crutch like an easy background keyboard melody can be, Satyricon have produced an outstanding album thanks to the remarkable performances of all three components I mentioned before. Innovative guitar work is the highlight, very aptly produced and combined with vicious vocals and highly effective and varied rhythmic structures. While "The Scorn Torrent" features one of the most intense album finishes I've ever heard, tracks like "Tied in Bronze Chains", "Filthgrinder" and "Supersonic Journey" consecutively introduce new, and often surprising, elements through complex song structures, while remaining able to keep very high interest levels. Complexity, subtlety, innovation and quality are very seldom combined as well as on _Rebel Extravaganza_, an album which is equally able to be very brutal, melancholic and catchy. Satyricon show that they are treading their own path, and with remarkable results.
(article published 12/10/1999)
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