Musical Joy




Satyrian is an international gothic rock band that combines dark atmospheric lyrics with wave, rock, classical orchestration, piano, and of course heavy guitars. The band began recording their album, Eternitas, in December of 2002 at the Spacelab Studio in Germany. At that time the band was known as Danse Macabre. The recordings started with drummer Merijn Mol, bassist Milos Marisevic, and composer and guitarist Jan Yrlund. The piano pieces and some of the clean vocals were performed by Oliver Philipps. The band then invited Kemi Vita of the band The Dreamside as a guest vocalist. Judith “Ciara” Stuber was also invited as a guest for the album. With a summer tour quickly approaching, the band invited their guests to join them on tour. Their guest vocalists, Kemi and Judith gladly agreed and producer Oliver also joined the band. At this point the band was nearly complete. All that was missing was a final singer to complete the Satyrian line up. This they found in Roman Schonsee. After rehearsals at Spacelab Studio, the band headed to Finland for their tour. While there they also shot scenes in Lapland for an upcoming video with director Jari Koskela. While on tour, the band and their guests formed a strong bond that was not easily broken and the guests were invited to join the band as full time members. With the album still missing vocals, the band returned to Spacelab Studio in 2004. With all three vocalists experimented with new sounds, the recordings were truly a creative process. They got a bit carried away with the recording of the vocals and so the band recorded new piano, bass, and orchestral parts. They also added an extra song to the mix. By June of 2004, recordings were complete and the band adopted it’s new name, Satyrian. In autumn of 2005, Satyrian’s old record company agreed to the band’s request to transfer the album and the band signed a new record deal with Lion Music Records. Eternitas consists of 12 songs in a wide variety of musical styles. From pure dark rock to danceable industrial beats, folk elements to classical atmosphere, the album runs the gammot of musical tastes. The contrast between the two male and two female voices define the band’s sound. The guitar work varies from rock and metal riffing to melodic leads, often combined with piano. The lyrics are dark and atmospheric and offer a close look into deep personal emotions. It’s an album about life and death, desire, fear, loss, and eternity, thus the name… Eternitas.

Discography (That I Own)

  1. Eternitas 2006 – The first album by the band known as Satyrian. The band has an interesting sound. It’s a fairly accessible gothic metal, perhaps somewhere between Sirenia, Dreams of Sanity, and the more recent work of After Forever. Several songs with keyboards and piano, should quickly find acceptance in the border popular and underground scenes. The female singers, Kemi and Ciara are at the forefront of the music. They both have really nice voices, not of the operatic or glass shattering variety, but expressive and well suited for this kind of music.

In Conclusion
So long as Satyrian continues to kick out albums as nice as this one, then I will be sure to continue to buy their albums. They have a good start with this album, breaking away from the older days of Danse Macabre without losing some of the good lessons they learned, while encorporating new ideas, and creating a new style with a blending of old and new.


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