Live at the Regent Theater
Los Angeles, CA
May 13th, 2018
Review and photos by Travis Baumann
Satyricon are legendary black metal artists hailing from Oslo, Norway. Since 1991 they have been putting out their own signature brand of black metal that incorporates elements from other sub-genres of metal music and defines their own style.
Predominantly a two piece band, all studio efforts are due to the vision of multi-talented guitarist/composer Satyr and percussionary prodigy, Frost. Due to the extreme difficulty of obtaining visa's for entrance into the United States, they have declared this the Final North American Tour.
As such, the demand for tickets was formidable and the show sold out months in advance. I was lucky enough to obtain one for this monumental event. Satyricon gave a monolithic set, clocking in at an hour and forty-five minutes, they covered a huge span of their back-catalog while shining a spotlight on their latest effort, "Deep Calleth Upon Deep".
Joining Satyr and Frost on stage are an additional quartet of musicians; Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen on guitar, Anders "Neddo" Odden on bass guitar, Anders Hunstad on keyboards, and Attila Vörös on guitar.
They utilized a minimalistic approach to the stage setup and costuming compared to many black metal bands. Thier backdrop was the hand drawing from the cover of their latest album and other than Satyr's signature trident mic-stand, the stage was unadorned. Frost had his drum kit right down amongst the rest of the band and forewent the customary riser. Satyr had only a slight dusting of white on his face compared to the days when he would go full corpse paint but he looked cool with his slicked back hair and his leather jacket.
They opened the set with "Midnight Serpent" from their latest album. The packed crowd went crazy from the first note. While harsh and sinister, Satyricon still have the knack for a moving melancholy mood underlying many of their songs. For the second song they played "Our World, It Rumbles Tonight" from their second to last album, the self-titled "Satyricon".
One of my favorite songs of theirs (maybe just because it is so catchy that it sticks in my head and I sing it all the time) was up next with "Black Crow On A Tombstone" from "The Age Of Nero". I am not alone in that feeling as a cheer went up from the audience the moment the first tell-tale riff rang through the hall.
Delving deeper into the latest release they played the title track, "Deep Calleth upon Deep" before giving another fan-favorite from "The Age Of Nero" with "Die By My Hand".
Interspersing new songs with old classics, they did "Blood Cracks Open The Ground" from the latest album before going back in time to "Repined Bastard Nation" from 2002's "Volcano".
I was singing along to the next two in a row - loving both "The Wolfpack", followed by probably my all-time favorite, "Now, Diabolical" from the album of the same name.
They hit up "Deep Calleth upon Deep" for two more songs of the set with "To Your Brethren In The Dark" and the ominous, "Black Wings And Withering Gloom". I really love the new album so it was cool to hear so many from it.
Their oldest track came from "Dark Medieval Times" in the form of "Walk The Path Of Sorrow" and staying old-school, they closed out the main set with two in a row from "Nemesis Divina", hitting upon two strong in the nostalgic factor with "Transcendental Requiem Of Slaves" followed by "Mother North".
After a short break from the stage they returned, immediately going into a fusillade of favorite tracks for their encore. "The Pentagram Burns" from "Now, Diabolical" lead into the classic "Fuel for Hatred" from "Volcano".
They concluded the epic night with the truly diabolical, "K.I.N.G.". Everyone was singing along to this final anthem, "Bloodshot eyes- Metal skin. Serpents tongue - Dagger Claws. Dragon wings - Crooked horns. KING!"
And with that, they came to the front of the stage and took their collective bow as the house lights came up. The final Satyricon show in Los Angeles had come to a close.
It was such a great concert, seventeen songs from throughout their nearly three decade-long career. Its a shame they won't return, but those of us who were in attendance won't soon forget the experience.
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