“Veronika Decides To Die” is a title by super-seller Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho… 100% junk literature, easy reading and self-help oriented, an absolutely worthless piece of shit that anyone who knows a bit about narrative would despise. This is why it seems rather strange that such an extraordinary underground Doom act, respected and admired as SATURNUS, takes the title from that crap for their last album.
Names apart, VDTD is a damn good offering by the Danish masters. Melancholic and highly emotional, it follows the footsteps of their previous release “Martyre” (2000) and it’s a glorious come back by a band that broke up years ago and re-united on the best way possible. This is a very depressive and beautiful album… right now I’m seeing the autumn leaves falling out of my window, a mild breeze presages the proximity of rain and well, SATURNUS is the perfect soundtrack for that cliché Doom Metal picture.
The tempo is slow, intense guitar leads chill my blood and the growling casts me down to ruin. Very melancholic instrumental parts make me remember ANATHEMA’s “Eternity”, the overall construction of lengthy, touching songs is similar to that of FOREST STREAM’s masterpiece “Tears Of Mortal Solitude” and the mournful yet strong ambient leads me in a mental trip to that time of my life when I was obsessed by LAKE OF TEARS. On the other hand, this album has some of the most emotional spoken parts I had heard in the genre, generally accompanied by a calm, semi-acoustic background to fulfil the musical chambers with a quiet passion.
Give this bewitching piece of art a try. Those who like the most depressive and emotionally intense side of the genre should find here a masterpiece and well, this stuff just touched me… deeply. (Online June 8, 2006)