Years of longing have finally come... whence,
the new Saturnus album!
“Veronika Decides To Die” is the band’s 1st release in
6 years and 3rd in 10 overall. The new album consists of 8 hymns at close
to an hour of epic doom metal. Man I'll tell you, My Dying Bride have had
such a huge effect on the current doom scene! Plus, it doesn't even appear
that these guys have any rust in their trademark sound. The lyrics on VDTD
are extremely poetic and suicidal.... whence the cd's title. They are read
in 3 styles.... grunting, spoken & painfully screaming. The music is
very fresh, considering the many bands' similar in style. Trust me, they
don't sound totally like anyone else. If you're already familiar with Saturnus,
you'll know it is them from the very beginning - they have their own style!
Guitars fulfill an extravagant overload of emotion with super-heavy, yet
diverse & progressive style picking. The drumwork is nothing too special,
but is good and holds a solid & steady pace with some strong fills,
hard-hitting snare and even better kicks. Melancholy is what Saturnus is
and vice versa! The most beautiful track to me is "All Alone",
which is the album’s true ballad of sorrow. Although, I don't think
there is any better way to describe the various influences of this band
than the track "To the Dreams". Heavy, acoustic... sad, angry...
all the vocal styles in their arsenal, it has it all. A welcome back to
Saturnus on their new masterpiece!!
Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell