This is the 5th full length album from this Norwegian black metal band from Oslo. Volcano
is one of their more popular albums. It won a Norwegian Grammy award. It won Alarm awards for metal album of the year and song of the year (Fuel
). It also won the Oslo award for the best overall album.
This album is like a continuation of their Rebel Extravaganza
album. The songs all have hateful and misanthropic themes. They usually rock at a medium tempo, but also have some explosive parts, where they thrash at a high octane velocity.
The vocals of Satyr are harsh and grim, they can be compared to the vocals of The Magus
, from Necromantia
. There are lots of melodic guitar hooks scattered throughout this album. Some of them have a punk sound and some have a very dark sound. The bass playing is heavier on this album than it was on their previous album. Especially on the songs Suffering The Tyrants
and Black Lava.
Angstridden starts with some dark metal played at medium tempo, then picks up the pace into some high octane thrashing. Then the song suddenly inverts with a catchy and melodic rhythm, accompanied with the beautiful female vocals of Anja Garbarek. Then the song reverts into some grim black metal with the ugly vocals of Satyr.
is a very dynamic song, that thrashes at full speed, with lyrics that are full of hate. Check out the official video for this song, that I've included.
One of the most remarkable songs on this release is Repined Bastard Nation
. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, repine means discontent. It has a catchy punk style melody and then breaks out into a metallic version of Eastern European polka style of music. It sounds great.
Mercury starts with a very shifty rhythm, then it goes into a majestic Scandinavian metal ballad. It comes across sounding like a metallic version of European classical music. The female vocals of Anja Garbarek are a nice addition to this song. The lyrics make several references to Satan
Black Lava is a very long song, it's over 14 minutes long, but every minute of it is very good. The bass rhythm seems to be influenced by polka music, it is complemented with some sharp guitar playing. On the refrain of Black Lava, their is a lot of suspension in the guitar playing, to give it an interesting texture. I think that it was meant to be a musical portrayal of molten lava shooting out of a Volcano
. Then there is this grim interlude with the vocals of Anja Garbarek, again. It sounds really good. Then it reverts into the polka style bass playing the sharp guitar melodies, while the lyrics describe lava dripping out of a Volcano
I don't think that Volcano
is a better album than Rebel Extravaganza
. But I also don't think that Rebel Extravaganza
is better than Volcano
. They are both black metal masterpieces. They can be compared to Mayhem
, or Disiplin