Norwegian black metal icons, SATYRICON have released their latest work, Satyricon & Munch, in digital album format, with an array of physical formats available to pre-order from today.
The release is a unique collaboration with the world famous Munch museum in Oslo. Frontman Satyr and his musical partner Frost created a 56-minute-long composition entitled Satyricon & Munch, which is now available to stream or purchase on all digital platforms. Pre-orders for the album’s physical formats are available today over at the Napalm Records Store.
The work was created to be heard alongside selected paintings and graphics by celebrated Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Not only does this composition present Munch’s extraordinary work in a new light, but the result is a monumental, yet intimate experience.
Talking about Satyricon & Munch, Satyr informs:
“In the musical work Satyricon & Munch, you will find my musical response to the emotions that the works of Edvard Munch, instilled in me when working on the art exhibition. One could therefore say that the album release is not only a consequence of the making of an exhibition, but also a reflection of my studies of Edvard Munch’s life and philosophy on the making of art – and my eagerness to push myself as an artist. I deeply appreciate his emphasis on feeling over technique, his will to experiment and his determination to walk his own way. Of course these are also core values to SATYRICON, which in this particular case becomes even more important.
To make this into what it is, it became clear early on that we needed to reverse the roles in the instrumentation: What has been complimentary in the past must now perhaps take more of a lead role, what is given in a regular song is perhaps not needed at all for this project. These types of reflections. To create the layers of emotion and atmospheres that we aspired to, the instrumentation needed to be rich in diversity. That is why we have a wide range of old school analog synthesizers, electric guitar, baritone guitar, bass guitar, drums, theremin, cello, viola, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, jouhikko, Hardanger fiddle, grand piano to name some. Some of these instruments are particularly receptive to the personal input of the musician and very suitable for creating the depth of layers that was necessary for this project. It has been important to us to break away from formatted approaches and focus strictly on what this project needs.
Black metal’s true nature is being limitless and while the format is unlike anything you’ve heard from SATYRICON before, the tonality and personal signature is highly recognizable to those who know their SATYRICON. We encourage everyone to refrain from trying to label the music and just accept that there is no need to. It is certainly not film music, it is not ambient and it is not something you have to make up a word for. It is SATYRICON.”
‘Satyricon & Munch’ album artwork by: Halvor Bodin
Satyricon & Munch is now available for pre-order in the following formats:
2LP Gatefold PICTURE LP – limited to 500 worldwide
2LP Gatefold MONOLITHIC GREY – limited to 300 worldwide
2LP Gatefold TRANSPARENT – limited to 300 worldwide
2LP Gatefold BLACK
Watch Satyr and exhibition curator Trine Otte Bak Nielsen talk about the creation of the music and exhibition below.
MUNCH museum in Oslo is one of the most famous museums in the world, dedicated to the works of famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The museum holds paintings such as The Scream, Madonna and Anxiety. It re-opened in October 2021 with an impressive building in the heart of Oslo, that gained even more attention worldwide. The collaboration between one of the world’s most well-known black metal bands and the museum is unique on a worldwide scale.