The Age of Nero

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Band Name Satyricon
Album Name The Age of Nero
Type Album
Released date 03 November 2008
Music StyleBlack Metal
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Tracklist

DISC 1
1. Commando 04:29
2. The Wolfpack 04:05
3. Black Crow on a Tombstone 03:54
4. Die by My Hand 07:07
5. My Skin Is Cold 05:15
6. The Sign of the Trident 06:58
7. Last Man Standing 03:40
8. Den Siste 07:24
DISC 2 - BONUS
1. My Skin Is Cold (EP Version)
2. Live Trough Me
3. Existential Fear-Question
4. Repined Bastard Nation (Live from Gjallarhorn)
5. Mother North (Live from Gjallarhorn)
6. The Pentagram Burns (Radio Edit)
7. Last Man Standing (Guitar Wall Mix)
8. Den Siste (Analog Mix)
9. K.I.N.G. (Music Video)
10. The Pentagram Burns (Music Video)
Total playing time 42:52

Review @ Vinrock666

04 January 2010
Satyricon’s 2008 release, “The Age of Nero” continues to bear the flag of old school death/black metal while draining the blood of their own brand of hellish doom throughout. Plus, there’s more to this recording than it appears on the surface. While not overtly complex, there is careful evidence on a number of these tracks to suggest a conscious effort on the creators’ part to broaden the scope of their sound. The result is what can honestly be described as a better version of a classical style of extreme metal.

“Den Siste” illustrates the opening point very well. An epic song time-wise, a synthesizer track appears way in the background accompanied by an authentic horn section washing under the chorus. The length of “Den Siste” also affords a break that features a great drum and bass highlight. “Die by My Hand”, possibly the best song on “The Age of Nero”, also employs guest musicians to cover another synthesizer line, as well as a choir background, to give the overall vibe an evil, sacrifice-on-the-altar feel. Finally, “Black Crow on a Tombstone” features the only overdubbed vocal line in that song’s refrain, while “Last Man Standing” changes up one of the verses vocally with spoken word.

The main strength of Satyricon’s songwriting on “The Age of Nero” is interweaving and/or linking two or three main themes within each song while running parallel to their designated parts. There are two great tracks that easily show this technique. “Commando” blasts off with one of the fastest riffs on the album, but slows down considerably during the verses and slower still on the chorus only to call back to that same fast riff again by the end. “Die by My Hand” also has three movements; the first molto allegro with pounding double bass kicks, while the third provides great contrast with a crawling tempo and long, broad rhythm guitar notes.

The overall approach to “The Age of Nero” implies plenty of doom, both from the classical as well as the contemporary models to add varietal tone. The better tracks apply this mix, including “The Wolfpack” (which has perfect head banging timing) and “The Sign Of The Trident” (which is not only the deepest in bass pitch, but also thrives on it’s slower than average tempo). This is not to say that there isn’t enough death. Satyr brings it on vocally with his own guttural, growling style while the drumming by Frost***** is ever-present in enforcing a most brutal beat (“The Wolfpack” and “Die by My Hand” show some of his more exceptional work). Altogether, Satyricon succeeds in delivering a very likeable form of death metal with “The Age of Nero”. It is without a doubt a most satisfying work.

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Comment @ METALAVENGER

26 November 2008
I know that a lot of "old school" black metal fans were not impressed by the direction Satyricon had taken on "Volcano". But you cannot fault them for at least trying something different.

Enter "The Age of Nero", and by all accounts a big step up from "Volcano" and "Now Diabolical".

The album kicks of with two blistering tracks, "Commando", and "The Wolfpack", and it is clear from the outset that Satyr and company have harnessed the sound they were searching for on the previous two albums.

The tracks that follow, "Black Crow on a Tombstone", Die By My Hand" and "My Skin Is Cold", ups the tempo even further, before the amazing "The Sign Of The Trident" hits your eardrums. This track has a brilliant tempo and some haunting lyrics, and the spoken segments impart an almost eerie ambiance to the song.

The album finishes of with "Last Man Standing" and "Den Siste", meaning "The Last", wich is sung entirely in Norwegian. Satyr's trademark rasping vocals and rock solid drumming from Frost***** gives each song the authority to electrify.

This is an album that never loses its intensity, and deserves more than just one listen to truly embed itself upon the listener's senses. I believe that both the long time fans and the detractors will find something positive on this release.

Standout tracks include : "The Wolfpack", "Black Crow on a Tombstone" and "The Sign Of The Trident".

My rating : A deserved 8/10.

Jacques Thompson

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