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4.07 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2000

Filed under Death-Doom Metal


1. 7 (1:54)
2. Inflame Thy Heart (6:42)
3. Empty Handed (4:12)
4. Noir (5:34)
5. A Poem (Written in Moonlight) (5:41)
6. Softly on the Path You Fade (7:07)
7. Thou Art Free (4:36)
8. Drown My Sorrow (6:50)
9. Lost My Way (4:47)
10. Loss (In Memoriam) (6:50)
11. Thus My Heart Weepeth for Thee (6:13)
12. In Your Shining Eyes (2:36)

Total Time: 63:09


- Thomas AG Jensen / vocals
- Kim Larsen / guitar
- Peter Poulsen / guitar
- Brian Hansen / bass, vocals
- Anders Ro Nielsen / keyboards
- Jesper Saltoft / drums

About this release

Full-length, Euphonious Records, January 10th, 2000

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Martyre is the second full-length studio album by Danish doom/ death metal act Saturnus. The album was released in January 2000 by Euphonious Records ( a Division of Voices of Wonder).

The music on the album is doom/ death metal in the vein of My Dying Bride, November´s Doom but with a goth twist that reminds me of acts like Paradise Lost and Tiamat. Saturnus do have their own sound though which is based on melancholic atmosphere. The vocals vary between deep growls, raw singing and reciting. The latter style is a big part of Saturnus sound and I´m sure it´s an aquired taste if that part of the music will please you. I think there are too many sections with this type of vocals and I would have appreciated more brutal growling. With that minor complaint out of the way, the music is actually very good. I like the keyboards by Anders Ro Nielsen which give the music much of it´s dark atmosphere, but also the melodic guitars. The pace is slow as in most doom/ death metal but there are some mid-paced parts too.

The production is warm and suits the music well. The sound is as heavy as on most doom/ death metal releases but dark and heavy enough to fulfill my expectations.

Martyre is a good album by Saturnus and if you´re interested in atmospheric/ melancholic doom/ death metal I find this album recommendable. 3.5 stars are deserved.

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So Fill My Cup With...4.5/5

Saturnus's sound is prodominatly depressive,emontional,droning,atmospheric and martyre is no exception.

i like to think of this as being saturnus at their best with holy church like atmoshperes into growling doom metal and then into epic poetry rectical it's just truely somethign special.

the album starts with 7 a track that is mostly a church choir setting the tone for this album as doom within seconds of the first track being played,this track then segues into inflame thy heart which i consider to be a bit of progressive doom due to the 2 different distinct sounds in th song.

The first part is typical growling and rectial by saturnus this the stuff that makes me love them,then the second part sounds like the begining of a iron maiden song then builds into the doom metal version of ryadhyer goes to town-camel. the guitar in this part has never ceased giving me chills,with its progressive yet clearly doom riffs and solo.

so far 2 songs in and i'm hooked the 3rd song empty handed starts of with a nearly thrash metal sounding riff then goes int odeath metal growls and an amazing guitar riff matchng to vocals every step of the way. this song defenitly has teh best guitar i have heard from saturnus up until this point it's just unbelivable.

saturnus then returns to traditonal doom on track 4 Noir,another chuchl like atmoshphere and the amazing reciting of lyrics sends chills down my spine,then the rare occurence of clean vocals makes the song sound just even more epic and makes teh atmosphere just a little creepier.

Song 5 a poem(written in moonlight)sounds just liek christ goodbye i belive its an more up to date version of the song actully as i said in my first review of this band it's my favourite song by them so i don't see a point in reviewing this song here.

softly on the path you fade and thou art free,AMAZING SONGS LISTEN TO THOUS ART FREE 1 MILLION TIMES IT WILL NEVER SOUND OLD,and softly on the path is traditonal doom at it's very very best.

honestly the rest of the album just continues on like this and gets more and more amazing,i don't want to bore you with song by song reviews so i'll tel lyo ujust about another standout track on this album loss (in Memorium) this song is the song i would to descrive saturnus,if someone was to ask me about them i would say "listen to loss(in memorium)" it's just such a good track the rectitng is there the great keyobards as well the drums are solid as usual and teh guitar is some of the best i've heard.

theres too many good things about this album but again i'm biased becuase it's my favourite doom metal band. the album isn't perfect by anymeans but it's great doom and i really suggest you give it a listen

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