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Saturnus : Veronika Decides To Die

I suppose that the most of you are familiar with this Danish band. In the past they have released some pieces of ultra slow, heavy and melancholic metal. Now they are back under a new line up and with a new release. The main title of the album, 'Veronika Decides To Die', is taken from Paulo Coelho's same titled nouvelle, and even from the name one can guess what is included in the specific album.

Melancholic, mournful metal under a doomy background is what the listener will hear in this album; heavy guitar riffs mixed with beautiful piano and acoustic guitar themes; Death Metal vocals mixed with beautiful melodic voice lines, whispers and narrations. Grey veils of melody and mourn are covering the compositions of this record. Saturnus has managed once more to release a great album.

The album is produced by Flaming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, etc.) and on the 'Descending' track there is a guest appearance of Michel Denner (Force Of Evil, former Mercyful Fate, King Diamond), who plays the second solo.

In closing, I would like to point out that I really enjoyed the comeback of Saturnus which is marked by an inspired release. I hope that they will continue to release similar records in the future.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I Long
2. Pretend
3. Decending
4. Rain Wash Me
5. All Alone
6. Embraced By Darkness
7. To The Dreams
8. Murky Waters

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes.

Visit the Saturnus bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
Hate Your Guts Records
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