Self-titled albums are almost always never a good sign, and with the release of Satyricon’s ninth full-length album, this tenet is proven correct once again. It’s true that Satyricon has become another one of those Norwegian black metal veterans who fell into the shoegazy clutches of post-black metal. But make no mistake; that in itself isn’t a crime worthy of death by inverted crucifixion. What’s wrong with this new album is its failure to do what frontman Satyr claimed in a press release statement: “There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it’s gonna be a record that’s gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future.”