Satyricon - _Megiddo_
(Moonfog Productions, 1997)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (
Slammin' global re-mix technology, Norwegian style! The first track on this four-track, 20-minute oddity is "The Dawn of a New Age" - re-mixed by Apoptygma Berzerk to get all those silly guitars out of the way of the booty-bumpin', now beats. Actually, it's not as totally horrid as my sarcasm probably makes it sound, but I still don't like it. I just got done reading Vlad Tepes's awesome, lengthy rant against the mainstreaming of black metal, and I can just imagine what they'd have to say about this... Next up, "Night of Divine Power", which is a re-recorded version of "The Dark Castle in the Deep Forest" from the monumental _Dark Medieval Times_. I don't see the point of this track. The sound is cleaned up a bit, even polished, but much of the original's atmosphere is thereby wiped away. Third song: a live recording of "Forhekset". The sound, though muddy, is better than might be expected from what the liner notes refer to as 'a shitty cassette deck.' Too bad the song itself is the kind of bland and uninspired material which typifies the highly overrated _Nemesis Divina_. Finally, a semi-industrial, sample-packed cover of Motorhead's "Orgasmatron". And the Cold, Misty Forests of Norway (tm) echo with the sounds of... sequencers. Bah! The (formerly) extreme goes mainstream once again. I'm glad I didn't pay for this. I bartered for it - like a Viking!
(article published 9/14/1997)
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