Saturn – Ascending [Live in Space] Review by Ashlinn Nash

Rating: 3/5
Label: Rise Above Records
Released: 2014
Buy Album: Here
Band Website: Here



Saturn - Ascending [Live from space] Band line-up:

Oscar Bo Valentine Pehrson – Bass/Vocals/Organ
Robin Tidebrink – Guitar/Vocals
Linkan Lindgren – Guitar/Vocals
Ted Carlsen – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. So, You Have Chosen Death
2. Rokktori
3. Over The Influence
4. Leadersheep
5. Peasant
6. Tower Of Terror
7. Last Man In Space
8. Moonstone

Review

There is an expectancy with releases from Rise Above records, a certain charm, songs with a  heavy lacing and undeniable level of skill within it’s foundations. With  bands such as Uncle acid and Deadbeats, Purson, Blood Ceremony, The oath, among others all under Cathedral Legend Lee Dorian’s Wing.

Saturn’s début release fits well within this, it boasts an instantaneous old school style of the heavy sounds from the 60s and 70s packed with delightful verses that send thrills and  plenty of guitars licks that remind you of a desert road trip. They describe themselves as a young band, from Sweden with a sound of the past, present, and future, colliding in a shower of riffs, melodies and other worldly magic.

From the offset “So you have chosen death” you’re welcomed into a retro experience that is packed with great guitar structures and highly addictive sing-alongable melodies. Even the production takes a recorded onto analogue feel.

Second slice “Rokkitori” takes the listener back to the hay day of old school British Heavy metal, that’s now more commonly played at the local rock night/dive bar. Besides the obvious comparability to the past and their influences there are movements towards making this their own sound.

With tracks “Leadersheep” and “peasant” there seems to be a defiant paring of songs and formula to pair them together and let the progressive elements of the songs work their magic. It’s by about track six; “Tower of Terror” you start to hear a real embellishment of influence fused with their own sound. With the Led Zepplin comparability again sneaking in.

There is something to note down about the album and that is; all of the tracks where recorded live there and then in the studio, which sits well with the retro stylings on offer. So it’s not to a great surprise when the last track “moonstone” is as elegant as it is relieved to be ending.

Although the album is a good release to have for a début, it’s still difficult to take them away from the “you sound like blah etc” band box at the moment. Seeming as the album does the traditional formula of having a punching track at the start that puts energy out and then dwindles for the rest of the release.

As it becomes more of a blues rock then NWOBHM influence, this album is defiantly for fans of fellow countryman Graveyard, latter day Opeth and traditional rock.

Review by Ashlinn Nash

 

 

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