SOURCE: KOCH Records

November 17, 2008 12:29 ET

SATYRICON Signs to KOCH Records; New Album, "The Age Of Nero," to Be Released on January 13, 2009

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Highly influential extreme metal band SATYRICON has signed a North American recording deal with KOCH Records. The revered Norwegian outfit will release its seventh studio album, "The Age of Nero," on January 13, 2009.

From the time of its formation in 1990, SATYRICON has consistently created dark, compelling music wrought with blackened melodies and Scandinavian occult themes. Beginning with the release of the band's debut -- 1993's "Dark Medieval Times" -- SATYRICON has scorned trends and abhorred tried and tested genre stereotypes, always putting its music first, often times as both a surprise and challenge to the listener.

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. From the unstoppable urgency that drips from the roll out cut 'Black Crow On A Tombstone' to the epic frenzy of 'Die By My Hand' and through to the bleak nihilism of album closer 'Den Siste,' "The Age of Nero" dispatches both rocking blackness and a chilling sonic intensity.

Recorded in Los Angeles' Sound City Studios (Metallica, Slayer) with Satyr acting as producer and "Evil" Joe Baresi (Tool, Saviours, Queens of the Stone Age) twisting the knobs, "The Age of Nero" is a brazen tour de force. In a notable departure from the band's previous way of working, the guitars have been seriously downtuned, adding to the raw power of the record's sound. Drummer Frost's cyclonic percussion defines the austere atmosphere of the album as much as Satyr's pronounced guitar work. "The Age of Nero" album art has been posted online and can be viewed at this location (http://www.action-pr.com/uploads/art/157/cover%20-%20the%20age%20of%20nero.JPG).

When asked to comment on "The Age of Nero," Satyr stated, "Everything that we do in Satyricon is built around the music itself. That means that our artwork and visuals are chosen or created to function well with the music -- either to emphasize elements in the music or to contribute to a sense of totality. The layout for "The Age of Nero" is truly a fine piece of art; everything from the pictures chosen to the fonts and colors of the letters are carefully picked in order to feel right for this album and its general atmosphere. The album title has multiple references to subjects that on some level pertain to the album itself; 'Nero' is a metaphor for darkness but also for destructive elements in mankind that threaten to bring down an empire. The 'age of Nero' refers to Satyricon as that famous piece of literature depicts scenes from Nero's Rome, but it also refers to our own time and the threat of downfall that is again mirrored in the apocalyptic feel of our music. It all neatly comes together."

The final track listing for "The Age of Nero" is as follows:

           1.) Commando
           2.) The Wolfpack
           3.) Black Crow on a Tombstone
           4.) Die By My Hand
           5.) My Skin is Cold
           6.) The Sign of the Trident
           7.) Last Man Standing
           8.) Den Siste

The brand new music video for the song "Black Crow on a Tombstone" has been posted online and is available for viewing now at this location (http://www.satyricon.no/news/). Additionally, SATYRICON graced the cover of the November 1, 2008 issue of the UK's Kerrang!. Check out the magazine cover at this location (http://www.action-pr.com/uploads/photos/144/K!%20cover%201%20Nov%2008.jpg).

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. A full listing of 2009 SATYRICON tour dates follows this message.

Over the course of its distinguished career, SATYRICON has been widely recognized for its distinctive sound as well as its contributions to the genre. The band won the Norwegian Indie Awards' "Alarm" for "Best Live Act" in 2000, and in 2002, won the Norwegian Grammy for "Best Metal Album" for "Volcano," in addition to Alarm Awards for "Metal Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for their track "Fuel for Hatred"). SATYRICON also won an Oslo Award for "Best Overall Album" that year. In 2006, SATYRICON won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for "Best Underground Act" as well as the "International Metal Album of the Year" honor at the Danish Music Awards for its album "Now, Diabolical."

SATYRICON is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, request a review copy of "The Age of Nero" / attend a live performance, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated SATYRICON news and tour information will be made available via the SATYRICON web domains: www.satyricon.no and www.myspace.com/satyricon, the KOCH Records website: www.kochrecords.com and the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com.

"Where most of the genre's crews pump you with a sense of superinflated
nothingness, Norway's SATYRICON breathe deeper, riff stronger -- these
Vikings have got their feet on the ground.  To complete an epic vision
hammered home by drummer Frost's midsection punishment, they litter
soundscapes with painterly melodic touches and billions of tinkling noise
shards."
                                                            - LA WEEKLY

"perfect...fundamentally black metal, it just happens to be infused with
monster grooves and memorable, slightly rock-oriented, songwriting."
                                                            - BLABBERMOUTH

"relentless... the cumulative effect is an irresistible urge to headbang
and put fists in the air"
                                                       - ALTERNATIVE PRESS


SATYRICON TOUR DATES:
(all dates also include Cradle of Filth)

January 15    Sayreville, NJ      Starland Ballroom
January 16    Worcester, MA       The Palladium
January 17    Montreal, QC        Metropolis
January 18    Quebec City, QC     Theatre Capitole
January 20    Toronto, ON         Sound Academy
January 21    Cleveland, OH       House of Blues
January 23    Detroit, MI         Harpo's
January 24    Milwaukee, WI       The Eagles Club
January 25    Chicago, IL         House of Blues
January 26    Minneapolis, MN     First Avenue
January 28    Englewood, CO       Gothic Theatre
January 30    Calgary, Alb        MacEwan Hall Ballroom
January 31    Edmonton, AB        The Union
February 2    Vancouver, BC       Commodore Ballroom
February 3    Seattle, WA         Showbox
February 4    Portland, OR        Roseland
February 9    Orangevale, CA      The Boardwalk
February 10   San Francisco, CA   Regency Center
February 11   Los Angeles, CA     Henry Fonda Theater
February 12   Anaheim, CA         The Grove of Anaheim
February 13   Tempe, AZ           Marquee Theatre
February 14   Las Vegas,  NV      House of Blues
February 16   San Antonio, TX     Scout Bar
February 17   Dallas, TX          House of Blues
February 18   Houston, TX         House of Blues
February 20   Atlanta, GA         The Masquerade
February 21   Orlando, FL         The Club at Firestone
February 22   Pompano Beach, FL   Cinema Club
February 24   Asheville, NC       Orange Peel
February 25   Norfolk, VA         The Norva
February 26   Baltimore, MD       Ram's Head Live
February 27   New York, NY        Nokia Theater
February 28   Philadelphia, PA    Trocadero

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