SATYRICON – Deep Calleth upon Deep
There is also a strong and haunting current of melancholy running through the song material this time around, more so than on previous albums. On top of that, it is as if there is a sense of something intimate and introspective present within certain sections, or perhaps that is just due to the way in which certain lyrics and melodies interact with and complement each other. This is a disciplined and structured piece of work and it is downright powerful and grand in scope, but the whole thing feels more passionate and emotionally charged compared to the last few Satyricon outputs. Bleak and yet strangely upifting, "Deep Calleth upon Deep" covers a lot of ground.
On a side note, I also dig the minimalistic artwork ("Doedskyss" by Edvard Munch which dates from 1899) as it enhances and underlines the actual music and lyrics, so as usual nothing has been left to chance when it comes to Satyricon; everything fits together nicely. From a fan ‘s perspective, there is nothing better than the feeling of having gotten one’s filthy paws on the whole package, a gesamtkunstwerk, where eveything is connected and related to each other. Touching on just how superb the musicianship is or how great the production is seems kind of redundant, does it not? I mean, we are talking about Satyrcon here, folks. "Deep Calleth upon Deep" is not only impressive in every sense of the word, but also inspired and inspiring. The way in which these guys manage to spawn music that encompasses and balances feelings of despair and triumph is brilliant. The record might not be as immediate and accessible as its predecessor, but it is infinitely more rewarding in the long run.