Drummer Frost (real name: Kjetil Haraldstad) and Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven), better known as Satyricon, have signed a North American recording deal with Koch Records.
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Satyricon\'s seventh studio album, \'The Age of Nero\', will be released in the US on January 13, 2009.
From the time of its formation in 1990, the Norwegian band has consistently created dark, compelling music wrought with blackened melodies and Scandinavian occult themes.
Largely written in a remote cabin in the Norwegian mountains by headman Satyr, \'The Age of Nero\' features eight of the most ashen, yet fascinating songs in Satyricon\'s critically acclaimed history. The new album dispatches both rocking blackness and a chilling sonic intensity.
According to the band, \'Nero\' is a metaphor for darkness but also for destructive elements in mankind that threaten to bring down an empire.
Drummer Frost\'s cyclonic percussion defines the austere atmosphere of the album as much as Satyr\'s pronounced guitar work.
The new album was recorded in Los Angeles\' Sound City Studios (Metallica, Slayer). Joe Baresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age) was sound engineer with Satyr acting as producer.
US Tour early 2009 Satyricon will launch a North American tour in support of \'The Age of Nero\' beginning January 15 in Sayreville, NJ.
The band will hit the road alongside Cradle of Filth for a 33 city trek that is scheduled to run through February 28 in Philadelphia, PA.
You can find a full listing of 2009 Satyricon tour dates here.