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THE ENEMY WITHIN

DIAGNOSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOUR, SIGURD ‘SATYR’ WONGRAVEN KNEW THAT HE HAD TO MAKE THE GREATEST MUSIC OF HIS LIFE. TERORI ZER SPOKE WITH SATYR TO HEAR ABOUT HOW TRAGEDY TURNED TO TRIUMPH WITH NEW OPUS ‘DEEP COMETH UPON DEEP’…

SATYRICON

“If I want to party with the boys I can – just sometimes, I have to skip the after party”

In the two years since their magnificent ‘Live At The Opera’ album and DVD, and four from their last album proper 2013’s ‘Satyricon’, Sigurd ‘Satyr’ Wongraven has experienced an emotional roller coaster ride. Diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2015, even the typically bold Satyr admits the ailment has “put things in perspective” when it comes to his approach to life. Listening to Satyr describe dealing with such a life-changing event, you can’t help but pay respect to someone so determined to not let an event shape the course of his life.

“I had one of my colleagues bring a guitar to the hospital on the third or fourth day I was in there. I didn’t know what would happen so I wanted to play guitar when I could. It’s hard but my tumour is not cancerous so I thought, ‘this is nothing’. All these people with these aggressive forms of cancer are a lot worse off than I am. I’m ashamed there’s so much attention on me because there are people doing so much worse than me who don’t get any attention at all. I thought I would be all good in a couple of weeks and things would be back to normal and I’m still trying to figure out how to cope with this. My neurosurgeon says, ‘It appears you’re doing fine and it’s possible you’ll get better but we’re talking about hope more than science,’ and I thought, ‘That sounds terrible!’ So I said to him, ‘I can only live in the here and now!’ I’m looking after my band and my family more than I ever have. I’ve never felt a stronger bond with the Satyricon fans than after I came out of this, so I have a lot to be thankful for. There are an overwhelming number of people who not only like the music I make, but they actually care about me! That’s been greatly motivating.”

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Every month when it comes to writing this editorial, I sit back and tot up how many new records I’ve listened to in the time we’ve worked on getting this bad boy to the printers, and then I contemplate just how many more we’ve got to sift through for the upcoming issues as well. I literally lose count every time and for that I’m thankful. Never does it stop being fun listening to music each and every day. For me, Terrorizer also gives an opportunity for some of those bands to talk about their creations and the stories behind them. These are aspects that to me are as equally as important as the music itself. The written word can then bring those stories to life and that, in essence, is the importance of magazines and why they are still relevant in a social media driven world. Life isn’t just a soundbite or a meme and neither is music, so being able to share the stories behind Myrkur’s stunning new album or the dark, personal journey behind Akercocke’s brilliant ‘comeback’ album is vital. I hope you enjoy reading the features as much as I did when they landed in my inbox. Alongside those two pieces, as always there’s a fuck load of awesome bands featured and the odd controversial review to boot. It’s been a blast to create the issue and we’re already hard at work at the new one so we’ll see you very soon! Stay tuned. Darren Sadler
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