Monday, July 7, 2008
Sell-out or progress?
Do you remember the first time you heard Metallica's Black album? Remember the sheer disappointment? The utter disbelief that the fookers had sold out? The disgust that you felt when the "Bangsar" crowd started wearing Metallica t-shirts & singing Enter Sandman on the dance floor. . . oh man, it was sickening. Am pretty fooking sure you remember it all too well.
Here's another example fer you to digest. Satyricon started out as a pure black metal outfit with deep roots within the scene. But their last LP Now, Diabolical sees the band cleaning up their sound & adopt a far more commercial approach. Me thinks their debut, Dark Medieval Times, is a class piece of black metal, but wait, shock . . . horror . . . me also thinks the shiny, new version of Satryicon is FOOKING BRILLIANT!
(Gasp . . . were we wrong to doubt Metallica all them years ago or is it just me growing old?)
Anyways. me leaves it to you to compare & contrast as the links to both debut & latest album is available here. Do take the fooking time to check these albums out as me assures you it'll be fooking worth yer while!
Eagerly await yer verdicts on the albums. Enjoy!
ps: Me has been telling wifey me would like to adopt the painted-face & studs look as modelled by early Satyricon (pix above). Suffice to say, wifey has been generally unsupportive of the suggestion . . . sigh . . .
pps: If anyone is interested, you can download Satyricon's entire discography including EPs & demos at: http://lordmessiah.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/satyriconnorway/ .
To download, Now, Diabolical (2006). click here:
To download debut Dark Medieval Times (1992), click here:
Fer a sample, here's the vid of The Pentagram Burns from the Now, Diabolical LP: