Frontman Satyr has admitted Satyricon’s ninth studio album could well be their last.
And if Deep Calleth Upon Deep does become the final chapter in a fascinating story then the singer is determined to go out with a bang.
“Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record,” he revealed.
“If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special.
“If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.
“I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.”
Three years in the making, Deep Calleth Upon Deep was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on Satyricon’s’s 2006 album, Now, Diabolical).
Satyr added: “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it Satyricon or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well.
“If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you. So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’ if you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us.”
Satyricon has also shared the album’s front cover – an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.
Deep Calleth Upon Deep is released via Napalm Records on September 22.