Satyricon - Satyricon & Munch (2022)


Released entirely by surprise on digital platforms first, Satyricon’s commissioned piece for the Edvard Munch museum, titled “Satyricon & Munch”, is a piece full of promise that never really delivers. We understand that this music was supposed to be the backdrop of the exhibit in the new museum, but while putting in context with Edvard Munch’s art there is some cohesion, the 57 minute piece never really builds up to much.

We are huge fans of the band and their transition into more sinister and less ‘kvlt’ areas of Black Metal over the years. Five years have passed since their previous musical output, so we expected something a bit different. Indeed, maybe no vocals and just atmospheric, exactly like the music in this release. But the band’s sinister touch is quite lacking aside from a few riffs here and there. The tension built within the internal movements of this piece is at points promising, but it suddenly fades away.

The use of different string instruments, distorted guitars, old-school synths and the likes, is very sparsely used to create an impression. While I could see myself digging some of this music more if I had “The Scream” or any of Munch’s pieces in front of me, there is still something missing from the musical delivery that feels a bit empty and aimless. Definitely unique and different, but at least for us, not in a good way.

Bands: Satyricon Album: Satyricon & Munch

Label: Napalm Records

Release: June 30th, 2022

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Genre: Experimental/Atmospheric

Country: Norway

Rating: 65/100

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