Frontman vocalist Satyr along with guitarist Kveldulv and drummer Frost started Satyricon. Published by Satyr's own Moonfog' label, they launched their Black Metal battles with Dark Medieval Times and The Shadowthrone (a split effort with Enslaved) both in 1994. The Forest followed in 1996, along with their third album, Nemesis Divina. That same year they toured with Gorgoroth and Dissection. It was becoming more and more clear, however, that corpse-painted Satyr was becoming tired of the genre's strict rules and trappings, so he engaged in more experimental work for the follow-ups, Megiddo EP (1996), Intermezzo II EP (1999), and Rebel Extravaganza (1999), the band's first release for Nuclear Blast' and the first to see them play as a duo for Kveldulv had recently left the fold. Now alone with himself and Frost, Satyr still under the band name would release Ten Horns - Ten Diadems (2002) and Volcano (2002).
But Satyr was also busy with a side project as a member of the Black Metal all-star group Eibon, alongside Fenirz (of Darkthrone), Maniac (of Mayhem) and Phil Anselmo (of Pantera); an unlikely membership, perhaps, but one that worked on Mirror Soul Jesus, a track featured on the latest 'Moontog' compilation. While the plans were ongoing for the super group's full-length album, Anselmo invited Satyricon to open tor Pantera on their UK tour.