MetalUnderground.at recently conducted an interview with vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about SATYRICON's plans for the foreseeable future, Satyr said: "The way we usually do things in SATYRICON is that we separate touring from writing, so [being om the road] is what we do right now and at some point in a few months, we'll probably start looking into the beginning of the shaping of a new album, but that's gonna take some time. We try and focus on what we do at the moment. So let's say when we're in songwriting mode, that's really what we do and we'll do a few shows here and there to make sure that we maintain our form as a live band. But this is what we do now. And we enjoy it a lot."
Satyr also spoke about SATYRICON's songwriting process and how much of each album's overall sound is the result of a conscious effort as opposed to a more organic approach.
"It starts with, you know, when you jam, there are many leads and you can decide, based on what you enjoy the most, what kind of direction you would like to follow, but it should also be some, probably, looking a little bit at what have you done in the past and what you would like to come across us in the future," he explained. "At least that's a part of our consideration that we find to be important."
SATYRICON's self-titled album sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This is roughly in line with the opening-week performance of the band's previous CD, "The Age of Nero", which premiered with 1,700 units back in November 2008.
"Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country — the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in Norway. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany.
"Satyricon" was recorded in Norway between January and May 2013 and was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. Mixing took place in Seattle by Adam Kasper and Satyr.