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Review of the Album "Now, Diabolical" by Norwegian Black Metal Band Satyricon

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Introducing the Very Melodic Now, Diabolical Album by Satyricon

Now, Diabolical is the 6th studio album released by Norway’s black metal veterans Satyricon and this happened in 2006. There is definitely more than just your standard black metal in this album as there is a really melodic part in the song “The Pentagram Burns” and this part really sounds like the band Slayer though it may be more melodic.

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About the Songs In "Now, Diabolical" After the First Writing

“The Rite of Our Cross” has the sort of beginning that we might never have heard from these guys earlier in their career. The first section of the song sounds like that one song on the album Arise called “Under Siege.” In spite of lyrical content about slaves being freed as they await the coming of what is called The Dark Lord, the music isn’t really evil enough to make you feel sick but rather it is black metal of the highest quality. Satyricon has a pattern of starting out albums in the strongest fashion possible. This also happens in this album as songs like the title track and K.I.N.G. set the tone. But in order to be a good or elite musical album, even more important than how a band begins, the finish may be more important. The melodic title track really was close to a genius move by these Norwegians. K.I.N.G. is another melodic song that is about some force coming down to Earth in order to rule it. “That Darkness Shall Be Eternal” is lyrically about the flaws of human nature and the potential evil that can be caused by them. The song says that no man is nobler than the cause that he fights for. “Delirium” is a really melodic song that builds up into a song with a good chorus as the song is about going down a darkened maze to meet who is known as his Infernal Majesty. The last song “To the Mountains” which has a double bass drum kind of sound shows just how dark and menacing that Now, Diabolical sounds as an album. It is still a little premature to consider this album Satyricon’s best album of their first six.

Final Thoughts

Here we go as we dive further into a very melodic album by one of Norway’s best black metal bands. The first two songs are so melodic that they could have been in an album written by the band Catamenia. Now, Diabolical is one of those albums in which you could listen to in a dark room with a few lighted candles to create a dark yet relaxing atmosphere if that makes any sense. Giving possible credibility to this album being Satyricon’s best early to mid-release is the more melodic approach as opposed to the longer, more mechanical songs in Rebel Extravaganza.

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