Satyricon – Satyricon and Munch (Album Review)

Release Date: June 10th 2022 - Napalm Records

Satyricon and Munich

Eschewing all the troupes that are easily identified with Black Metal Norwegian legends Satyricon have released ‘’Satyricon and Munch’’ a 56-minute single-track collaboration to accompany the new Edvard Munch art exhibit in Oslo, Norway, a celebration in itself as two distinct individual forms of art meet and are presented in the mainstream.

More of an interpretation due to Munch’s passing in 1948, Edvard Munch is most known for his iconic piece the Scream (1893) a style that was rich and vibrant in lurid color and reflected his innate desire to paint his emotions and the dread of having a familial mental condition. ‘’ Satyricon and Munch” is the audible guide to the art. It is a surprisingly subdued one, and once again reflects Satyr’s interpretation that Black metal should be limitless and without boundaries. You can hear his signature guitar playing and the desire to reflect the impressionism of the artwork. Some of the clean guitar work and cello are beautiful yet tinged with darkness/sadness and the drumming is more tribal and primal it is accompanied by old-school synthesizers, grand piano, and a dozen other instruments to assist in the ambiance. The feeling is to create an almost sparse epicness to the presentation.

Much like an exhibition if you think of Satyricon and Munch’s musical changes as you enter each darkened room and encounter a different piece sometimes the changes are jarring per subject matter and others are subtle and continuous, there is no doubt some of the musical impacts is lost as you are unable to match the visual art in sequence to the musical work. The exhibition runs in Oslo until August 28, 2022, where the existentialistic nature would be much more effective in person

As divisive as ever Satyr has taken Munch’s approach “‘I don’t paint what I see, but what I saw ‘and created a musical accompaniment that evokes the power and spirit of visual art and its own deeply personal interpretations. Visual Art is either vacuous and shallow or deeply intense and almost spiritual with fire and passion, ‘’ Satyricon and Munch’’ is much the same in this regard. This is a passionate piece and should be celebrated as such, it’s not a soundtrack but emotive and at times unclassifiable. Atmospheric, is a celebration of art and the reflection of the individual’s reaction to it.

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Release Year: 2022
Label: Napalm Records
Category: Album
Country: Norway

Reviewed by Sparky