Norwegian black metal outfit Satyricon have signed a deal with Napalm Records.
The label will issue the band’s upcoming DVD, “Live At The Opera.”
The DVD features footage from an exclusive show Satyricon played on September 8, 2013, at Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway, where they were joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.
Professionally captured by people who work in the industry, “Live At The Opera” will be released on DVD with a CD on May 1 in Europe and May 5 in North America.
Says the band’s frontman Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven about the DVD:
“The whole thing started with us doing one song, ‘To The Mountains,’ a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.
“We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination.
“If you look at songs like ‘Die By My Hand,’ it’s pretty obvious we’ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, ‘K.I.N.G.’ is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever — and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it’s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.
“For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique — of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I’m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets. When you hear or or watch this recording, you should feel like you’re there.”
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