Sometimes when I see the world ‘technical’ as a descriptor for a band, it makes me a little anxious. As of lately, the tendency for new bands, especially those in the Death Metal genre and its subsidiaries, is to throw massive amounts of technicality into music whether it needs them or not. Is it to show off prowess on the instrument? Is it to set themselves aside from their peers? Really the motives don’t matter, cause more often then not its futile when it comes to the writing.
That’s why RINGS OF SATURN is somewhat of an exception. Despite their tendencies to power through the breakdowns and over amplify their leads and solos with technical wankery, the debut album “Embryonic Anomaly” is quite a fun and unique listening experience. In the end, that’s what counts.
Although firmly planted into a more modern, technical, and Hardcore section of the Death Metal genre, RINGS OF SATURN does have enough throwback to the past of the genre to keep most fans happy. For every breakdown section that has become so tired, they have a section of balancing Death Metal badassness with a solid riff and rhythm section to balance it all out. Its this combination of old and new that really makes most of the songs such a blast to listen to.
Of course, even with their take on combining old school Death Metal roots and enough modern Deathcore elements to please a modern fan base, the true unique part about RINGS OF SATURN is their ‘spacey’ and almost progressive like writing. Songs tend to wind their way through a variety of sounds and structures and their leads have an almost video game like computer sound to them. Similar to what GIGAN has been doing but with less focus on atmosphere of the album. This very mature take on the music really ices over the cake more often than not as songs have a multiple listening value to them as a listener can take the time to delve into a bit more than your usual Death Metal act. This makes the album last longer too.
RINGS OF SATURN and their debut “Embryonic Anomaly” just came as a large surprise to this reviewer. With a duel vocal attack of hisses and roars, a sense of mature and Progressive attacks on the structuring, and a blend of old school Death with new school Core as a foundation, this album just highlights what modern Death Metal can be. Looking forward to hearing what else this band conjures up in the future in their science fiction based worlds of brutality.
Songs to check out: “Seized And Devoured”, “Final Abhorrent Dream”, “Annihilation The Pure”.
(Online September 5, 2010)