SATURNUS — Martyre (review)

SATURNUS — Martyre album cover Album · 2000 · Death-Doom Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
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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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