GWAR Continues Global Domination; Announces Australian Headline Dates

Crushing Line-Up Will Feature’s Soundwave’s Heaviest
Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahila Murder

As they continued to prepare the Scumship for war, the unstoppable force known as GWARhas announced two Australian headline shows in addition to their highly anticipated appearances at this year’s Soundwave Festival. The first show is set for Wednesday February 26th in Sydney at the Factory Theater, and the second headline show is scheduled forFebruary 17th in Melbourne at 170 Russell. Supporting the Scumdogs on these two dates of devastation are Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder.

“The sickest, heaviest, most beastly bands of this year’s Soundwave will be joining forces to create the most hideous noise ever,” said notorious asshole Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR and despoiler of the planet Remulak. “It’s an amazing line-up and I fully expect to see mounds of flaming corpses where once stood smiling fans.”

In other GWAR news that you probably heard about already, the most tasteless band in rock recently announced they would be bringing more of it! That’s right, the most disgusting spectacle in rock ‘n roll history is coming all the way from their homeland of Antarctica to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, getting lost and other general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan!

After playing the gigantic Soundwave Festival in Australia and a couple of special headline dates, GWAR will travel north to play two exclusive shows in Japan, where legions of GWARfans have been waiting patiently for years for their chance to die in the presence of their hulking metal overlords. Their wishes shall at last come true on Thursday, March 6th at Big Cat in Osaka, Japan, and Friday, March 7th at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo. Tickets are on sale now. For more Japanese GWAR news, be sure to follow @gwarjapannet on Twitter.

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2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates
With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder
2/26: Sydney, Australia @The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion:
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz


GWAR Japan Twitter


“Nothing feels as unexpected as Satyr making wine,” writes journalist, sommelier, and black metal music fan Steven Grubbs.“Black Metal is a genre steeped in bleakness and an obsession with death. But winemaking isn’t the first break Satyr has made with old Oslo form. SATYRICON was the first to sign a major label record deal, and adjusted their sound toward something that is more like dark, heavy rock than pure Black Metal. [Satyr] credits the life on the road that ensued with introducing him to good food. Wine came as a natural consequence.


Grubbs recently spoke with SATYRICON founder, frontman, and winemaker Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and asked whether his friends in the metal scene think it’s odd that he makes wine, which is sold under the Wongraven family name. “I think the majority think it’s pretty cool, actually. For them, wine is this thing that is kind of mysterious and unapproachable.”

When it comes to wine, Satyr is quick to describe himself as a traditionalist, preferring the old Piemonte style (wines of medium weight and stern tannins and acidity). “I like wines that are representative of their places,” he says.  The sentiment is echoed in what stirs him about Black Metal. “It is the music of my people, my place.”

Satyr has been making and selling a Burgandy Barolo from Castiglione Falletto since 2010.  He sources fruit from a monopole cru owned by the Roagna family, a venerable bastion of Piemontese winemaking tradition. Luca Roagna handles the vinification and Satyr assembles the final product.

“Who can say that ‘Barolo Made By Singers in Black Metal Bands’ isn’t a totally new category?” asks Grubbs.

Read the feature in its entirety here:


Wine label illustration by Justin Bartlett

SATYRICON’s self-titled eighth studio album debuted at #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Hard Music chart in September.  Other world chart entries include: #1 – Norway; #6 – Finland; #23 – Germany; and #26 – Australia.

Recorded in Norway, produced by Satyr, and mixed by Adam Kasper & Satyr in Seattle, Satyricon can be purchased in CD, vinyl, and digital formats via the links on the album’s landing page:



Official live music video for the track “Phoenix”


Official SATYRICON lyric videos:




SATYRICON: Frost & Satyr


Visit SATYRICON online at





SATYRICON have released a video for the song “Phoenix” which comes from their recent self-titled release.  The song features a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer known as the singer of Madrugada.


Footage for the video was captured this September at the Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway. SATYRICON performed with the Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Get a first look at the “Phoenix” video at


Satyricon, debutedat #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #30 on the Hard Music chart.  Other world chart entries include: #1 – Norway; #6 – Finland; #23 – Germany; and #26 – Australia.


Recorded in Norway, produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven, and mixed by Adam Kasper & Satyr in Seattle, Satyricon can be purchased in CD, vinyl, and digital formats via the links on the album’s landing page:


Watch official SATYRICON lyric videos on YouTube

“Our World, It Rumbles Tonight”

The Infinity of Time and Space” –


SATYRICON will be headlining Europe throughout November & December, with support from Chthonic.


Visit SATYRICON online at


Stick to Tradition: Satyricon’s Black Metal Motions

Oslo’s Satyricon are one of the survivors of the Norwegian black metal scene. Countless tragedies in other bands have notoriously marked the genre as a dangerous mechanism in metal, but Satyricon have always remained a pure entity, grounded by musical integrity and civility. With only a vocalist as an original member and a long-time drummer picking up the slack, Satyricon have returned for their first new studio album since 2008’s The Age of Nero. The band’s self-titled album is a decent return, but it doesn’t live up to the band’s past works and almost sounds drained, even before the halfway mark hits.

With the two main members of Satyricon taking control, their self-titled album is, conceptually, a condensed project. Lead singer Sigurd Wongraven (otherwise known as Satyr) follows the black metal book with a razor-sharp growl to his vocals; it’s aggressive, but not guttural, making the vocals much more bearable than those of their peers. However, the lack of percussive shouts does detract from the rhythmic nature of the vocal style, while the lack of melody makes it near impossible to consider it “singing.” Satyr’s vocals are nothing to write home about, but by black metal tradition, they are far from problematic.

But what drives Satyricon’s latest album so far is the drumming proficiency of Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad (otherwise known as Frost). His suffocatingly intense fills thunderously roar in the background, while double-bass pedals rumble alongside Satyr’s vocals in songs like “Tro og Kraft.” Regardless of the tempo or the mood of the song, Frost is constantly pushing his speed and rhythmic prowess into aggressive territory. It’s odd considering the steadier beats from Frost appear at the most bizarre times; he slows down the pace rather inconsistently throughout the album, but negates this minor issue with undeniably fast rhythms. Like a lightning storm in the distance, the quakes from Frost’s drumming shake the very essence of the album.

But aside from Frost’s riotous drumming and Satyr’s snarling growls, Satyricon don’t do much to break their traditions of black metal. The guitars are tuned to a looming tone, but you won’t find many virtuosity infused solos or captivating soundscapes on Satyricon. The melody is very under-utilized, almost to the point where Frost’s rhythms are the only thing moving the band into new territory. Even the most elementary of doom or black metal band is able to use melody to imply a darker tone, but Satyricon, despite being veterans in their genre, keep this album flat and uninteresting. The brief moments of tempo shifting and tone experimentation like the thrashy “Walker Upon the Wind” or the siren psalms of “Phoenix” are buried under a cacophonous template moving entirely by Satyr’s snarls and Frost’s snare barrages. Clear as day: Satyricon are going through the motions with their self-titled album.

“The Infinity of Time and Space” is an oddity on Satyricon, with the band going through a number of musical shifts over the course of eight minutes. You’ll hear shrieking sounds from Satyr, some frequent tempo changes and an overall sense of epicness and broadened approach. While it’s not exciting from start to finish, “The Infinity of Time and Space” is a captivating track that demonstrates narrative and compositional complexity: there’s a progression here that is tragically absent from the rest of the album. One other unique track is “Nekrohaven” where the band lets loose their growing emphasis on hard rock influences. “Nekrohaven” doesn’t have obscure rhythms or doomy, downtuned instruments; at moments, it almost sounds radio-friendly. Despite the commercial appeal, “Nekrohaven” is shockingly different from the rest of the songs on Satyricon, making it a surprising star track.

Satyricon is not going to wow anyone, even if you’re a dedicated fan of Norwegian black metal. The band hasn’t diluted their sound to the bone, but they haven’t spiced it up either. The short bursts of creativity like the choral voices of “Phoenix” is only realized after the first four trudging tracks, with the other highlights being buried and overly condensed by the album’s conclusion. Black metal isn’t what it used to be, and while Satyricon’s attempts to keep their sound current and focused are appreciated, their efforts are ultimately left for naught. Satyricon is an album that feels soulless and too straightforward to recommend. If you’re a long-time fan of the band, the album is okay, a mild effort from a band synonymous with the genre. But anyone else, even metal fans will find the album to be uninteresting and far too dull to sit through the entire 52 minutes.

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SATYRICON Releases Lyric Video For “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight” Inbox x

SATYRICON has released a lyric video for the song  “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight” from their self-titled eighth studio album.   The album will be released in North America on September 17th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  Check out the lyric video for “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight” HERE.


Satyricon was recorded in Norway, produced by Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven, and mixed byAdam Kasper.  The album features a guest vocal appearance by fellow Norwegian Sivert Høyem of the rock group MADRUGADA.  In-studio photos can be viewed on the band’s official Facebook page.


“We are back. Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this,” states band frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven. “Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is SATYRICON; constantly on the move. Naming this record Satyriconwas the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won’t tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!”


Satyricon will be released in North America the following formats:


·         deluxe jewel case with three bonus tracks

·         vinyl LP in assorted colors (release date TBA)


SATYRICON is available for pre-order at:

Nuclear Blast







Track listing for Satyricon is:


01 – Voice Of Shadows

02 – Tro Og Kraft

03 – Our World, It Rumbles Tonight

04 – Nocturnal Flare

05 – Phoenix

06 – Walker Upon The Wind

07 – Nekrohaven

08 – Ageless Northern Spirit

09 – The Infinity Of Time And Space

10 – Natt


Bonus Tracks:


11 – Phoenix (Recording Session Mix)

12 – Our World, It Rumbles Tonight (Deeper Low Mix)

13 – Natt (Wet Mix)


Om September 8thSATYRICON will be participating in theUltima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and will perform with Norway’s National Opera Chorus at an exclusive show at the Norwegian National Opera House in Oslo.


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