Rating:
9.2
Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die
May 2006


01. I Long
02. Pretend
03. Decending
04. Rain Wash Me
05. All Alone
06. Embraced by Darkness
07. To The Dreams
08. Murky Waters


Saturnus had been a really important doom/death metal band in the 90s, having a distinctive sound once you had listened to them, but sadly fate seemed to have some other plans instead of letting them become great. They disbanded, but now they are back with a new and strong line-up that can do miracles on stage (you got my word for this!). "Veronika Decides To Die" is the title of their long-awaited third full-length album after a small but very promising tour that hopefully passed from Greece, Athens, and allow me to say that it is a really dynamic and deeply promising come back which places Saturnus back to the throne of withered roses and failed romance they had left behind.

"Veronika Decides To Die" is the natural continuation of the sound Saturnus had on "Martyre" and they seem to make the next step in their sound in the most appropriate way, like they never disbanded and continued their course. Their melodic and romantic doom/death metal keeps on shining through the gloomy atmosphere adorned with an angel's tears and blurry heart-felt laments and Saturnus are here to prove that they are back for great things, something someone may notice easily and without any shadow of doubt with their new effort.

The cover is abstract, but in a beautiful way, artistic and desperate with the shades of deep red and white, pleasing the eye of the listener and preparing his ears of what will follow, a dance of withering roses under a wailing sky. A more modern approach as we can see on the cover artwork, taking the artistic concerns of Saturnus to new levels, leaving behind the more poetic/portrait-driven aesthetic of the "Martyre" and "Paradise Belongs To You" covers. Another strong part of the album is the production factor, it's more modern and clean, helping the already wonderful compositions sound ever better, pacing with the aesthetic of "Veronika Decides To Die".

The guitars have that recognizable wailing sound that caresses the deepest cores of your soul. Whether they sound doomy or heavier or they unfold their mid-tempo and inspired tear-filled solos they tend to evoke intense feelings of melancholy and disheartenment in the most beautiful way. The rhythm section is the ideal one for such a wonderful album, imposing or more accompanying and tempo-keeping at others it always tends to interpret its role the way it has to. And then come the piano and keyboard melodies that adorn the soundscape with fragile and emotional sounds, lending that thin element that can make an album from very good to great and Saturnus keep the tradition of their really good piano/keyboard passages on their brand new work successfully. Last but not least comes Thomas, one of my favorite doom metal vocalists! I simply adore his ultra deep grunting voice, his grunting vocals seem to lurk in the darkness like a sweet nightmare whereas his recites evoke a mourning cold almost emotionless aesthetic in the sound of Saturnus that seems almost death-like! The way he interprets the poetic and deep lyrics is just utterly expressive!

The acoustic passages are still present, but there's a distinctive difference now to the trained ear of a Saturnus fan, there are no more neo-folk acoustic passages anymore, it must be the fact that Kim Larsen is no longer part of the band (obviously, since he has the neo-folk act Of The Wand And The Moon).

Anyway, every single composition stands for a small desperate and melancholic story, so don't expect me to pick a favorite, the whole album is a highlight itself; doleful, lachrymose, romantic, beautiful, heart-rending, filled with doom. Proceed "embraced by darkness" and caress Saturnus' new attempt surrounded by \"murky waters\".


Band profile: Saturnus
Album: Veronika Decides To Die


 



Written on 21.04.2006 by
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4look4rd - 26.10.2007 at 01:46  
Amazing album, I have recently gotten it, and its just beautyful from beginning to end
omjaimes - 05.01.2009 at 06:52  
Well ... when i listened two times i got it a 8.. but when i was listen it some months later i think that is brillant ... 'cause is a album that renovates a classical doom metal
Uirapuru - 09.06.2009 at 03:49  
Isn't this album based on Paulo Coelho's book ''Veronika Decides To Die''?.. i gotta check this out
Abattoir - 10.09.2009 at 22:19  
I'm very impressed by this album...yea, definitely. Production is realy good done here as you already mentioned, the whole album sounds so pure. Vocals are astonishing, especially I like the growls, which are extremely deep and slow and that come to terms even more than usually. Also the guitar riffs does sometimes complement nicely with the keyboards. It's a great release for me + the artwork also looks very cool too.
InnerSelf - 10.09.2009 at 22:31  
Second best after their Ep "for the loveless lonely nights"
but for me they both deserve a 10
lord artan - 16.12.2009 at 15:40  
Saturnus forever in my life and in my heart
lugardo - 07.01.2010 at 02:39  
I am filled with joy due to this album. This album is perfect, 10/10 for me, Words cannot express what i feel, just listen to "descending" WOW!
Powerslavex - 22.02.2011 at 18:51  
Fucking amazing !!
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.05.2012 at 13:04  
Saturnus weakest album, no doubt about that. A 8.0 at most I would say.
Fritillaria - 09.05.2012 at 13:11  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.05.2012 at 13:04

Saturnus weakest album, no doubt about that. A 8.0 at most I would say.

but I thought it is one of the best doom metal albums, isn't it ??! I don't know but I really enjoy every moment of listening to this album
Daniell - 09.05.2012 at 14:22  
Written by Guest on 09.05.2012 at 13:11

but I thought it is one of the best doom metal albums, isn't it ??! I don't know but I really enjoy every moment of listening to this album

I guess it depends how many doom albums you heard.
Fritillaria - 09.05.2012 at 14:36  
Written by Daniell on 09.05.2012 at 14:22

Written by Guest on 09.05.2012 at 13:11

but I thought it is one of the best doom metal albums, isn't it ??! I don't know but I really enjoy every moment of listening to this album

I guess it depends how many doom albums you heard.

well I assume I have heard not a big number yet not small either, besides I think this album is beautiful individually and not in comparisons with the others

Marcel Hubregtse - 09.05.2012 at 14:39  
Written by Daniell on 09.05.2012 at 14:22

Written by Guest on 09.05.2012 at 13:11

but I thought it is one of the best doom metal albums, isn't it ??! I don't know but I really enjoy every moment of listening to this album

I guess it depends how many doom albums you heard.


I know people who have heard more doom albums than you and I combined and would agree with Fritillaria.
Daniell - 09.05.2012 at 14:44  
More than you? That's something rare I guess. I myself probably heard like 25% of what you did
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.05.2012 at 14:47  
Written by Daniell on 09.05.2012 at 14:44

More than you? That's something rare I guess.


Maybe over here on MS But not in the metal (and then especially doom) circles I move in here in The Netherlands
InnerSelf - 09.05.2012 at 18:30  
I heard a lot of Doom Metal albums (not as much as Marcel obviously ) and I would put easily place this in my top 10, but I still prefer Martyre over this
Morphis - 21.03.2013 at 12:59  
Just discovered Saturn recently and i'm loving every one of their albums great band.

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