Satyricon - _Intermezzo II_
(Nuclear Blast, 1999)
by: Adam Wasylyk (8 out of 10)
The first recording for their new label Nuclear Blast, _Intermezzo II_ is a good indicator of the future musical path of Satyricon, which is a slightly more advanced sound in comparison to their last LP _Nemesis Divina_. The lone new track, "A Moment of Clarity", boasts a more mature songwriting approach, utilising speed with some seriously moody parts. The cover of Sarcophago's "Irni" is probably one of the fastest Norwegian black metal songs I've heard in a while. It's one of those tracks that by merely thinking about it gets you excited. Simply awe-inspiring. Also a re-recording of "Nemesis Divina" can be found, along with an ambient track created with the help of Thorns' S.W. Krupp, which if listened to too many times can warp the mind. Clocking in at around 20 minutes, if you can find a good price for it I highly suggest picking this up.

(article published 12/8/1999)

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