Mother North


Taking another delve into the Bloodstock line up I’ve come across Norwegian black metal outfit Satyricon – one of the bands at the forefront of the second wave of black metal that arose at the start of the 1990’s. The word satyricon comes from a first century AD Latin work of fiction – just for you fact junkies!

Later I’ll be having my debut blast of their third album from 1996, Nemesis Divinia, that is being played in full during their live performances this year to mark its twenty year anniversary. 

It’s black metal post 1993 so I’ve never listened to it. I’m pretty confident that the last black metal album that I would have brought that didn’t say Behemoth on the spine was by New York based band Havohej. At that point I had a bit of an epiphany and moved away from the black metal movement and unfortunately a lot of the death metal stuff fell by the wayside at the same time. 

Looking back on those first few years at the start of the 90’s I now feel I never had a connection with the music and I think I was only ever into the style of music due to an element of peer pressure. It seemed as if my friends at the time and I just aimed to search out and acquire the most obscure and underground release that we could. Also by the time of me bailing on the genre I was watching in disbelief from the sidelines at the shenanigans mainly going on in Scandinavia. Church burnings, inter band murders and band members seemingly commuting atrocities on a weekly basis that have left many imprisoned. But as a vast majority of the fans expected and enjoyed the controversy they never appeared to question any of the going ons and in a way encouraged things to continually move onto the next level. 

Over the intervening years I’ve seen a fair few black metal bands – mainly appearing on festival stages – but when some of the more established bands incorporated some more rock ‘n’ roll influences into their sound it became much more accessible. Not all that accessible that I was buying black metal releases left, right and centre, but odd songs here and there were much more pleasant on the ear. One such example of this is K.I.N.G. released a decade after Mother North by Satyricon.