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Review: Satyricon - Now, Diabolical
Now, Diabolical

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 44:49
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 25, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Now, Diabolical

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (25 Votes)

Well, this is certainly an improvement over the lame "Volcano". I suppose we will just have to accept that Satyr will never again produce anything like "Dark Medieval Times" again, and either we go with the 'new' Satyricon or we just give up. I won't say this is as good as their old stuff, it's just different. But that said, "Now, Diabolical" is a solid album.

It seems like Satyr has been listening to newer Darkthrone stuff a lot, as rather than trying to sound like a half-assed Mayhem or Enslaved, this time Satyricon have gone for a slightly punky, riff-heavy style that owes a lot to traditional riffing. There are a lot of good riffs on this album, and they sound quite a bit like old Sabbath riffs or something, so in a lot of ways this is a very old-school album. I do have to point out that a lot of this album is at more or less the same speed, so the songs do tend to blur together, but they are fun while they're on. The guitar sound is fat and live-sounding – not a traditional Black Metal sound at all – but still good enough to get your head banging. The drum work is simple but good, and there are some decent leads on here. Some of the tunes, like "A New Enemy", and the eight-minute closer "To The Mountains" get a bit dull, but overall the album maintains momentum.

I like this album pretty well, certainly better than the disjointed "Volcano", and even if this band will never match their early works, if they can keep putting out albums at least as good as this one, then I'll keep listening.

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