High Priest Of Saturn – Son Of Earth And Sky

Rating: 4,5/5
Distributor/label: http://www.svartrecords.com/
Released: 2016
Buy album: http://svartrecords.com/shoppe/home/3494-high-priest-of-saturn-son-of-earth-and-sky-cd.html
Band website: https://www.facebook.com/highpriestofsaturn

HPOS_2_cover copyBand line-up:

Merethe Heggset: bass guitar and vocals
Ole Kristian Malmedal: keys, lead guitar on “The Warming Moon”
Martin Sivertsen: guitars
Andreas Hagen: drums

Tracklisting:

01. Aeolian Dunes
02. Ages Move The Earth
03. Son Of Earth And Sky
04. The Warming Moon
05. The Flood Of Waters

Review:

The second LP of High Priest Of Saturn sees the Norwegian psychedelic act stepping up their game and assuming a more mature stance. Even if they hadn’t revealed that everyone had been more involved in the songwriting, one would notice how its richness in details is fruit of a multi-minded collaboration.

Recruiting Ole Kristian Malmedal as a full-time keyboard player also brought a different texture to their sound, not just more melodic but more intense – especially in “The Warming Moon”, where the keys, in typical seventies organ mode, discharge an irreverent piece.

If you’d isolate Martin Sivertsen’s guitar, you’d probably think you were listening to the blues. That solo on “Ages Move The Earth” is quite something, not to mention the whole “The Flood Of Waters”, which is a very introspect instrumental track. The strings seem to weep.

And adding gloomy bass lines, ethereal vocals and somber drums, the result is outstanding and exquisite. No matter how long the song lasts – the longest goes beyond the 10th minute, the shortest almost hits the 6th – you never get the feeling that they’re dwelling in the chords, that they’re dragging the song on a repetitive loop. No, every second of every song has its own merit and will enthrall even the most demanding listener.

Review by Renata Lino
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