Beyond the Gates: Satyricon performs two unique concerts as artist in residence

Author Arto Mäenpää - 7.12.2023

Norwegian iconic metal band Satyricon will play two unique concerts in Grieghallen as Beyond the Gates artist in residence 2024.

Since the early 90s Satyricon has been a flagbearer and innovator within the confines of Norwegian Extreme Metal – always searching for new ways to challenge themselves and the listener. From songwriting to visual art, production and presentation – Satyricon has always strived to be ahead of the pack.

‘Horns & Diadems’ are two unique sets that celebrate the music and art of this treasured duo, as well as honoring their impact on Norwegian music history and culture. From the early beginnings with ‘Dark Medieval Times’ and ‘The Shadowthrone’ to milestone albums such as ‘Nemesis Divina,’ the groundbreaking ‘Rebel Extravaganza,’ to chart toppers ‘Now,Diabolical’ and ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep,’ Satyricon has made no compromises in their 30+ year career as a genre defining entity.

The two concerts will have completely different setlists, spanning from the early days – featuring songs that haven’t been performed live for many, many years – up until present day. Satyricon frontman Satyr comments:

“What we are doing here is an example of the route this band has taken. A residency at the mighty Grieghallen feels like a natural next step following appearances at the The Norwegian Opera and Ballet and the art exhibition, Satyricon & Munch at the Munch Museum. We will try and show everyone exactly what this band is about and we very much look forward to it already.”

Adds festival manager, Torgrim Øyre:

“We’ve always strived to be able to offer our festival audience something unique – to take them on a journey that you can’t experience anywhere else. Working with Satyricon on this project is an exemplification of just that. The band has a tremendous history and is an artist that has always pushed the boundaries of the genre, never doing anything by halves. Rest assured – they won’t do that this time either. Satyricon has been creatively restless from the get-go, something that has resulted in a rich and diverse catalogue. We can’t wait to hear the band take a deep plunge into their history and and take us all on a Supersonic Journey from their roots and beyond.”

The concerts will also include guest musicians who have made a mark on Satyricon’s illustrious history. The two shows will take place in the iconic Grieghallen Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3. The event will be enriched with a variety of art exhibitions and other Satyricon related activities.

Expect the unexpected.

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The festival has furthermore announced Blood Fire Death – A Tribute to Quorthon and the Music of Bathory. 2024 marks 20 years since the passing of Thomas ‘Quorthon’ Forsberg. Quorthon is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and composers in the world o fextreme metal. It’s safe to say that Black Metal as we know it today would never have been the same without the music of Bathory. The trademark riffing,the production and all over aesthetic is omnipresent in all the bands that has later made their mark on the genre.

On the final day of Beyond the Gates 2024 a massive line-up featuring members and ex membersfrom bands like Aura Noir, Bathory, Darvaza, Emperor, Enslaved, Gorgoroth, Mayhem,Primordial, Satyricon, Watain and Whoredom Rife will gather in Grieghallen topay tribute to Quorthon’s legacy and the music of Bathory.

The concert will be rounded off with a spectacular production, elevating the music and the imagery of the legendary band like you’ve never seen before. Gather, Bathory hordes!

The revamped versions of the highly successful guided tours with Pytten, Tore and Finn Håkon ars on sale now! Hear the stories about how black metal classics where recorded in the revered Grieghallen studios, visit famous locations in Norwegian Black Metal lore and get a chance to get the in-depth story behind the world famous Fantoft Stave Church. Tickets are available now.

Black Metal Landmarks with Tore Bratseth

Metal legend and storyteller bar none, Tore Bratseth (Old Funeral, The Batallion, Bömbers) will take you on a trip to the outskirts of Bergen to show visitors a series of key locations in the Norwegian black metal lore. The trip includes stops at the Lysekloster ruins, where a series of legendary photo and video shoots have taken place, as well as the bunker where Euronymous was photographed for the “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” promo cycle. Another stop on the trek is the location of the original Os Rock Club where Mayhem rehearsed before the recording “DMDS” in Grieghallen, and also regular rehearsal place for Old Funeral and Amputation.

This trip will go by bus from outside of Grieghallen (Nygårdsgaten).

Beyond the Black Metal Classics – a guided tour of Grieghallen with Pytten

If you want to get an in-depth look at how some of the most renowned black metal classics from the 90s came together, look no further! Legendary producer Pytten has offered to take the Beyond the Gates audience on a guided tour of Grieghallen, where he recorded seminal albums such as Enslaved’s Vikingligr Veldi, Frost and Eld, the first two Emperor albums, In the Nightside Eclipse and Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, Gorgoroth’s Pentagram and Antichrist, Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, and Immortal’s Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, Battles in the North. Without a doubt, all of these records were instrumental in shaping what became the sound of the inimitable Norwegian Black Metal scene in the 90’s.

In an effort to make this an intimate experience for all attendees, there will only be a very limited number of tickets available for each group.

Any self-respecting black metal aficionado knows the dark story of the genre’s origins, which includes the infamous Fantoft Stave Church arson that took place on June 6, 1992. Now rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire, fans can get a personal tour of this legendary site with black metal historian Finn Håkon Rødland.