Satyricon - _Volcano_
(Capitol Records, 2002)
by: Quentin Kalis (
This must have come as a disappointment to the grim corpse-painted brigade (that is, if they hadn't abandoned Satyricon after the release of _Rebel Extravaganza_) as this was released by -– shock! horror! -- a major label (at least in Scandinavia). But the more cynical of our readers can put all thoughts of "Sell-out!" behind them: daytime rotation on MTV is still a very long way off. The scorn and contempt that characterized _Rebel Extravaganza_ have not been diluted one iota by their signing to a major label, and Satyr remains as angry, vitriolic and aggressive as before. I did honestly expect some experimentation with clean vocals, but none are to be found -- Satyr is content to stick with his characteristic rasp. Of course the production far exceeds that of his early days, and will predictably draw more scorn from the aforementioned self-named defenders of true black metal. Although similar in sound to its predecessor, _RE_, _Volcano_ is a considerably less complex affair. The best track is undoubtedly the punchy "Fuel for Hatred"; the catchy hook ensures that this song is the most likely candidate for a single (should one be released; a promo video has already been made). On the downside, the album closes with the fourteen minute long "Black Lava" -– some liberal editing would have greatly improved this overlong nightmare. One can debate endlessly whether _Volcano_ is black metal, but ultimately, what does it matter?
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