Satyricon

Black metal band from Oslo, Norway, founded in 1991.

Initially formed as a death metal band Eczema in 1990 by bassist Wargod and drummer Exhurtum (Carl-Michael Eide), who were joined by Lemarchand (Håvard Jørgensen) on guitar. In 1991 they started to play black metal and renamed the band to Satyricon. At this point also Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) joined the band as a vocalist. The group recorded their first demo "All Evil" in June 1992. Right after this Exhurtum was kicked out of the band and also Wargod quit and left the music scene for good. Lemarchand's position in the band was also wavering as from here on he was on a session member status. For the second demo "The Forest Is My Throne" (1993) they were accompanied by a session drummer Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) while Satyr did the vocals and was generally becoming the driving force of the band. Lemarchand contributed guitars and bass on the demo, but was fired after the recordings. Some time after Frost became a full-time member and in the autumn 1993 they recorded their first full length album "Dark Medieval Times", which was released in 1994 by Satyr's own label Moonfog Productions. Despite being out of the band and having joined Ulver, Lemarchand did participate on the album although he was never credited for it on the album booklet.

Between 1993-1996 the band was also joined by Samoth (Tomas Haugen), who played bass and guitar on their second album "The Shadowthrone", which was released in 1994. Samoth was replaced by Kveldulv (Ted Skjellum, a.k.a. Nocturno Culto), who played the second guitar between 1996-1997 and participated on the third album "Nemesis Divina" (1996) and also played live with the band. Without these two exceptions, Satyricon has been a two-man force ever since Frost joined the band. They have however utilised various session musicians throughout the years for live situations and also for album writing purposes.

Satyricon's early works were strongly characterised by the use of folk music influences and medieval stylistics and "Nemesis Divina" can well be considered as the peak of this era and style. After this there was a clear change in the band's musical direction and overall sound as the 1999's "Rebel Extravaganza" saw the band dropping the folk elements and striving for more guitar driven and dissonant sound and generally more contemporary imagery. Since then Satyricon has been pushing the boundaries of traditional Norse black metal, not only by incorporating more heavy metal/rock elements into music, but also by becoming generally a more mainstream media figure in Norway. On their most recent releases: "Volcano" (2002), "Now, Diabolical" (2006), "The Age Of Nero" (2008) and "Satyricon" (2013), the band has found its musical niche in their unique style of blackened heavy metal, which rely heavily on guitar riffs and often complex timings rather than keyboard laden atmospherics.

In October 2015 Satyr was diagnosed with brain tumor, which forced him and the band for a short break. In February 2016 Satyricon returned by performing a "Nemesis Divina" 20th anniversary show in Oslo. The album was also remastered and re-released later in the spring and was followed by selected anniversary shows on European festivals.

Current members:
Satyr (Sigurd Wongraven) – vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards (1991–present)
Frost (Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad) – drums (1993–present)

Current live members (2016):
Azarak (Steinar Gundersen) – lead guitar (1999–present)
Neddo (Anders Odden) – bass (2009, 2013 - present)
Anders Hunstad – keyboards (2011-2013, 2014- present)
Attila Vörös - guitar (2017 - )

Former members:
Wargod (Vegard (last name unknown)) – bass (1991–1992)
Exhurtum (Carl-Michael Eide) – drums (1991–1992)
Lemarchand (Håvard Jørgensen) – guitar (1991–1993), bass guitar (1993)
Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) – bass, guitar (1993–1996)
Kveldulv (Ted Skjellum) – guitar (1996–1997)

Former session/live members:
Ihsahn (Vegard Tveitan) - synths (????)
Torden (Tord Vardøen) - keyboards (1993)
S.S. (Steinar Sverd Johnsen) - synths (1994)
Bratland (Geir Bratland) - synths (1996, 1999)
Nebelhexë (Andrea Haugen) - vocals (1996)
Fenriz (Gylve Nagell) - lyrics (1996), bass & percussion (1999)
Svartalv (2) (Kenneth Halvorsen) – bass (1996)
Grothesk (Stephan Groth) - synths & programming (1997)
Daimon (Richard Cabeza) - bass (1997)
Død (Daniel Olaisen) – guitars (1996-1999)
Tchort (Terje Vik Shei) – guitars (1997-1999)
Anja Garbarek - vocals (2002)
Ingar Amlien - bass (1999)
Vegard Blomberg - effects (1999)
Snorre (Snorre Ruch) - guitars (1999)
Sanrabb (Morten Furuly) – guitars (1999)
Tyr (5) (Jan Erik Torgersen) – bass (2000)
Kine Hult – keyboards (ca. 1999-2000)
Cyrys (Terje Andersen (2)) – guitars (2000-2002)
Erik Ljunggren - keyboards (2002)
A.O Grønbech (Arnt Ove Grønbech) – guitars (2002-2007)
Lars Norberg – bass (2002-2007)
Ivar Bjørnson – keyboards (2003)
Brynjulv Guddal - keyboards (2003)
Jonna Nikula – keyboards (2003-2011)
Joey Jordison – drums (2004)
Trym Torson (K.J.Mosaker) – drums (2004)
Schoft – guitars (2007)
Victor Brandt – bass (2008)
Gildas Le Pape – guitars (2008-2013)
Brice Leclercq – bass (2009-2011)
Silmaeth – bass (2011-2012)
Job Bos - keyboards (2013)
Diogo Bastos - guitar (2013-2015)
Dirk Verbeuren - drums (2014)

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