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Satyricon
Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Type: CD
Company: Napalm
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 10/11/2017
Veteran returns to the fold with a bit of a minimalistic roar
Fans of Satyricon have been awaiting a new album since 2013's self titled release that really split the masses into love/hate for that album. When 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep' was announced, I was very excited to see what Satyricon would be bringing to the table on this release. What you get on this album is an offering that is geared more towards a broad spectrum of listeners instead of specifically focusing on one contingent like some bands do. You get a little of the middle years black metal from the band on "Midnight Serpent" and more accessible, hook focused tracks like "To Your Brethren In The Dark", which is easily the catchiest track on the album. The album loses a little steam in the last four tracks with some of them seeming totally unnecessary and out of place and others feeling a bit overdone and drawn out entirely too long. I've listened to this album multiple times now and I distinctly prefer the first half of the album to the second half but I am quite happy with the overall output of this release and it won't be anywhere near as divisive as the band's self titled release would be. 'Deep' has me once again waiting with baited breath for what is up next for this iconic black metal entity.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Deep Calleth Upon DeepSatyricon
2017
Greg Watson10/11/2017
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2006
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2006
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