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Paradise Belongs to You

Saturnus - Paradise Belongs to You ©1996 Euphonious Records
1. Paradise Belongs to You
2. Christ Goodbye
3. As We Dance the Paths of Fire and Solace
4. Pilgrimage of Sorrow
5. The Fall of Nakkiel (Nakkiel Has Fallen)
6. Astral Dawn
7. I Love Thee
8. The Underworld
9. Lament for This Treacherous World

For whatever reason, during doom metal's ascent during the nineties, Denmark's Saturnus never quite got the attention they might have deserved. Most of the focus went to England's "big three" (Anathema, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride), but Saturnus had a very satisfying style aptly displayed on their 1996 debut.

Paradise Belongs to You falls into the more atmospheric range of doom metal, relying on a strong sense of dynamics and fortunately, only a tiny smidge of the gothic elements that many bands utilized. The gutteral death metal vocals are generally the band's only tendency towards the harsher aspects of doom metal. Keyboards are used for texture and underlining with a mixture of acoustic and distorted guitar. The one drawback to this album is that the songs tend to be quite long and overarching. The final running time is well over an hour and to my ears, the album would have gotten a boost by trimming out either a song or shortening up a couple tunes by a few minutes each.

Despite the band's need to go on and on in their songs, Paradise Belongs to You is a good debut that got overlooked upon its release. I certainly find it far more enjoyable than just about anything My Dying Bride ever put out, though the bar wasn't raised all that high by that outfit.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2009

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For The Loveless Lonely Nights

Saturnus - For The Loveless Lonely Nights ©1998 Euphonious
1. Starres
2. For Your Demons
3. Thou Art Free
4. Christ Goodbye (Live)
5. Rise Of Nakkiel (Live)
6. Consecration

Something got into Saturnus' water cooler. One listen to For the Loveless Lonely Nights takes the listener down a path of morose feelings and full dejection. Saturnus has been around for awhile, but the outfit only has three releases to date. This EP, released in 1998, aptly covers their My Dying Bride influenced form of dreamy doom metal. Much of the band's material features quiet guitars, slow, despondent spoken vocals (with occasional bursts of growling) and a backdrop of serene synth washes. The songs often take on an epic feel and meander through their structures rather than blast the point home in a short amount of time. The CD includes a couple live tracks, with "Christ Goodbye" being quite impressive in how it builds slowly to a climax. Generally Saturnus' music has slight resemblance to latter day My Dying Bride, particularly in guitar work. They do add a much more dreamlike atmosphere to their music, which does set them apart a bit. No matter what, this short EP is strong enough to warrant more curiosity into the band's other two releases. Quite a fine release.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/2001

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