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SATYRICON's "Live At The Opera" is out, the band preparing covers album with unconventional song picks


SATYRICON have their first live album – or, as Satyr names it “a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band" – out, titled “Live At the Opera”. Released on May 1st via Napalm Records, it features the show the band played on September 8th, 2013 at Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway, where they were joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.

Talking about the story behind the album’s creation, Satyr has stated: "The whole thing started with us doing one song, "To The Mountains" a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it. We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like "Die By My Hand", it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider.

"For example, 'K.I.N.G.' is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever - and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward. For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique - of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you're there. This is not Satyricon - Best Of From The Opera, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band."

But that’s not the only new recording that SATYRICON name is tied up with, since the band is planning a covers album to be recorded later this year. RockSverige.se conducted an interview with Frost recently, with the drummer revealing about it: "I can't really say that much about it; we've chosen half of the songs that will be on it, but we're a bit unsure about the rest. We have chosen songs we find exciting."

"It's not very exciting to record a bunch of Venom and Bathory covers, because there are several extreme metal bands that have already done that.We have chosen songs that take us places, but it's also songs that have had a meaning to us as people or musicians in one way or another.

"We've played Dead Kennedys' 'Holiday In Cambodia' live on, so it might end up on the album, but we'll see when it happens. It's more exciting that way."



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