Saturndust’s Self-titled Is a Lesson in Doom

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Carl Sagan discovered his profound interest in the mysteries of our universe by the tender age of five.

“I went to the librarian and asked for a book about stars… And the answer was stunning. It was that the Sun was a star but really close. The Stars were suns, but so far away they were just little points of light… The scale of the universe suddenly opened up to me. It was a kind of religious experience. There was a magnificence to it, a grandeur, a scale which has never left. Never ever left me.”

I, too, have experienced an awakening of such proportions. While astronomy has been a big interest since my nerdy childhood days, it was a different science that moved me. I was eight years old when I picked up a record because of its cover. I remember getting home that day. I pressed play on my sister’s Discman without a single clue of what was bound to happen. Then, it hit me. That rumbling low end, the tempo changes  – everything made sense. War Pigs was the first track on that album, and my life was never the same after hearing it.

Almost as instantly, Saturndust’s first full length hit home with the kid who sat in awe at the Planetarium and the kid who was ecstatic about discovering Sabbath and metal music altogether. Who the hell are these guys? Saturndust is a three-piece band formed in São Paulo – Brasil, who just dropped a masterful platter of their self-titled space doom music.

The overall sound of this album is massive – slow, low and crushing. Still, it is peppered with elements that keep it interesting through the whole listen, namely a slew of different guitar pedals, rhythms and synths that seem to creep in and out of the songs, providing a beautiful, chilling ambiance.

Gabriel Zander’s production and mixing work on this record needs to be praised. Every instrument sounds on point and distinguishable, no part is too loud or overbearing. Felipe Dalam’s voice is powerful, but distant, as if it is actually coming to you from outer space. This effect is akin to Electric Wizard, albeit performed here with emotion, not abrasiveness. The bass (courtesy of Frank Dantas) is rich and heavy, perfectly complemented by Marlon Marinho’s excellent drum work. Dalam tops off Saturndust’s music with amazing guitar work – fuzzy and dark, most of the time; occasionally reaching up for psychedelic and even dramatic heights.

The fact that every instrument gets to shine is a testament not only to this LP’s production but to this band’s great songwriting skills. Their brand of doom metal is dynamic, not droning. Not a single riff overstays its welcome, and every song feels unique when compared to the next.

Album opener “Gravitation Of A Hollow Body”, for example, begins with a sample of Dr. Sagan, abruptly cut by a towering monolith of a riff. Soon, this landing asteroid is joined by menacing drums and synths. Vocals come forth, and the track picks up its pace in a Sabbathian groove that would have old Ozzy screaming “Rock n’ Roll!” at the top of his lungs. It doesn’t last long, though, as the band drags it down to Master of Reality territory once again. This song is a statement, one that is understood right from the start.

Next, we have “All Transmissions Have Been Lost”, arising calmly and melodically from the wreckage of the previous track. How would you feel if you were stranded in space, with no communication? This piece progresses from a point of quiet hopelessness to the loud despair brought by isolation. “Realm of Nothing” is the third track of this LP and the one that would probably make more sense if released as a single. The vocals in this track are definitely more present than in the others. Also, it has quite an infectious groove that gets revisited throughout the song. It closes with a ripping guitar solo on top of that groove, reminiscent of some of Kyuss‘ best material (Demon Cleaner comes to mind). Then, a 2 minute interlude of synths and sci-fi noises bridges side A and B of this LP.

The final two songs in this release were the ones that stood out to me the most. “Hyperion” is my favorite track. It starts with a short drum intro which has that sort of tribal quality every good doom drummer should be able to grasp. Guitar and bass chime in beautifully. Notice how the syncopated strumming pattern is subject to subtle variations, adding depth to the rhythms displayed in this moment. The climax of the album is coming, and I am sacrificing one of the best lines I could come up with just so I won’t ruin it for you. Know this: it will make you believe you’re inside a Feelium gas chamber.

After that hauntingly beautiful peak, closer “Cryptic | Endless” showcases the best vocal performance along with the most memorable riff in this album, which comes in at the 1:22 mark. The final passage of this song ends the record as a wave that gently spreads over the sandy shore long past its breaking point.

Clocking in at roughly 45 minutes, Saturndust’s self-titled release is an amazing record, made even more impressive by the fact that it is their first full-length album. I am eagerly looking forward to what this band will come up with next, and you should too.

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You can stream the whole album and give Saturndust your money over at Bandcamp, and throw them a like on Facebook.

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  • DDubya.

    Jammed this album this morning at Renan’s insistence. It jams.

  • How come every album being reviewed never gets a flush?

    How much elite can we all become?

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    GL

  • Tyree

    This sir is damn good. Good psychedelic doom metal is rare to find it seems these days. Killer write up to BRO!

    • Tyree

      Tyree, this album was killer.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiXFr1hV3_s

      • Tyree

        Yeah Tyree! It fucking slays!

        • Corey Tay Tay

          Talking to yourself?

        • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

          It fucking does, a great live ritual too.

        • Herr Schmitty

          This whole exchange has caused me to retract my prior heathen statements regarding beer.
          +1 6-pack. http://www.cherokeedistributing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Guiness-Smithwicks-2.jpg

        • didn’t your mum tell you about the dangers of meeting yourself in the past?

          • Lacertilian

            Doom + Bake = >periphery

          • what about my version of baking?

          • Lacertilian

            Describe

          • psylocybin

          • Lacertilian

            I had forgotten about that, hence the revocation of my dismay.
            I was thinking that the main reason you didn’t enjoy psych-doom was a lack of plant consumption but then remembered your next level baking activities, which would definitely put you on the page.
            Apologies my american counterpart.
            Also, I have recently read that although we ingest both psilocybin & psilocin, the psilocybin is immediately converted into psilocin upon digestion.
            #PsilocinTheRealHero

          • your science education is paying off in spades!

          • Lacertilian

            Shame I can’t pay off my $28’000 student debt with a career.
            *continues backbreaking labour*

          • what about my version of baking?

        • Stockhausen

          That Tyree has some good ideas, and Tyree knew exactly what to throw Tyree’s way.

      • Renan Ribeiro

        This is awesome

    • Renan Ribeiro

      Thanks, bro!

      What I loved about this band is that they are not all over the place, this is a focused effort, while still being psychedelic.

      • Tyree

        So far yes, it’s pretty structured. There is that nice hit of atmosphere that is chilling.

  • dr.derelict

    Carl Sagan is my hero.

  • Hessian Hunter,

    My wife dug your live version of Wolves. Particularly the flute solo. Looking forward to the CD showing up!

    GL

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    So much yes. DoooOOOoooOOoooooOooom!!

    • Tyree
      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Bow before MORBO!

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          BEHOLD MORBO

          • Akercocke ov Steele

            Hail MORBRO!

      • MORRBO WANTS SOME DOOMY DOOM!

          • DDubya.

            hi every1 im new!!!!!!! holds up spork my name is katy but u can call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! lol…as u can see im very random!!!! thats why i came here, 2 meet random ppl like me _… im 13 years old (im mature 4 my age tho!!) i like 2 watch invader zim w/ my girlfreind (im bi if u dont like it deal w/it) its our favorite tv show!!! bcuz its SOOOO random!!!! shes random 2 of course but i want 2 meet more random ppl =) like they say the more the merrier!!!! lol…neways i hope 2 make alot of freinds here so give me lots of commentses!!!!
            DOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <— me bein random again _^ hehe…toodles!!!!!

            love and waffles,

            t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m

          • thank me later, Katy *DOOM*! I mean… *BOOM!*

          • I knew this was coming.

          • DDubya.

            You practically begged for it.

          • DDubya.

            Is that Boxxy? You leave her out of this.

          • Don’t know. I googled alternative girl hair and grab the third pic.

            I was complaining about this yesterday because the middle-class alt girls are paiting their hair with ridicolous bright colors just to gain attention.

          • DDubya.
          • Well.. There are multitude of Boxxys in the private college I work. Yesterday I saw one of those alt girls with light purple hair and later another with red red red hair. I don’t know what’s happening to the kids these days.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            *Kids these days, ugh. GET OFF MY LAWN!*

          • My mom said once that I get along pretty good with people older than me (mentally speaking). I’m starting to affirmate that.

            I mean, bears are old, and you’re awesome, jajajaja.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Your “jajajaja” continues to baffle me. One day I will unravel this mystery, ONE DAY, I TELL YOU!

          • The letter “j” in Spanish makes the same sound as “h” in English. jajajajaja, you’re a bear.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            You guise R ruining my epic quest of epic proportions, for outright epicness.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            ja is “ha” because in spanish the j is h sound.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            But why all the laughter, no one can laugh that much. EXPLAIN THAT, you Blackened remains of a beard.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            even at this infantile stage, my beard is still >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

            I also think that link is using “jajajaja” as a gaming thing. In MMOs you see a lot of “jejejejeje” and “jajajajaja”

          • DDubya.

            Or huehuehue from Brazilians.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Or, if you’re blackbeard, a lot of QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Your beard is overrated m8

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            This is the most incredulous statement ever uttered.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            You’ve show us a picture m8. It’s a good beard, but not the world’s best beard.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            I never said it was the world’s best beard. Its just better than your beard.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Le you haven’t even seen my beard.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Put up or shut up, Finn!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I would, but I will never put pictures of myself on the internet.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Would downvote/infinity

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Do it m8

          • i’d upvote it.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            i’m genuinely curious.

          • isn’t it? ISN’T IT?

          • nope, it’s just that I like to laugh 🙂

          • HEY! i’m just a happy person and the laughter is an escape to my shitty reality!!!

            Jokes aside, I really laugh a lot in few spaces, and only when I feel comfortable.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            In Finland = Laughter is a crime punishable by death, or exile if you are rich or Tuksu.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I wish that Tuksu would be lynched.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Exile is bad enough, she couldn’t make it elsewhere ’cause she is only a thing in Nofunland

          • I would piss on that law, because in Venezuela… THERE’S NO LAW #Anarchist #Badass

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Fobba is watching you. You are now considered a terrorist in Finland.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Fobba knows all. Fobba sees all. Fobba is all.

          • #Yayajuuu #G4LIFE #Terrorista #PLOPLOPLO

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJy3PX7FNw4

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Get ready for the horror that is Finnish prison (refresh)

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Not comfy enough

          • Imagine a world where venezuelan gangsters enter in finnish prisons… ._.)

          • The Bestest Tapir

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Shitty reality >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..

          • Lacertilian
          • Akercocke ov Steele

            All hail our Novelty Tassel Beanied god http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lemu8rReiO1qel3yh.jpg

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    All my buttz are horny now, Thx Renan

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    fallen gods and wizards–scattered in space and time—above the earth

    listen to the op–100%vol
    with vid below–1/3 vol
    at the same time

    http://youtu.be/m2s0EV2h9VE

    • Your added presence of late is mesmerizing.

      GL

  • This makes me tingle in all the right places.

  • Mr.Custodial Arts

    “I went to the librarian and asked for a book about stars…and the answer was stunning…420 pages of nothing but Kardashian ass.”

  • tertius_decimus

    Sounds exactly like Reverend Bizarre.

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    I’m just gonna address the elephant in the room here, does anyone else get pissed off that the only visible planetoid in our sky is the moon? I really, really wish we could get some more saturn-like planets visible in our atmosphere during the day/night. Shit needs to get livened up here. And living in the desert that would look really sick like this http://fiction.michaelatman.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Viridian-seascape.jpg

    And this shit https://namaha.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/fishing-for-stars.jpg

    or this mother flushers! http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/bb/b0/44/bbb0442aa291922bd1da1d9e089aecf2.jpg

    But alas, all we got is this http://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2013/04/planets1.jpg

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      This is not true, Venus is visible.

    • you’re right, that was on all of our minds!

      • BLXKKBEXRD

        actually Astronomy is one of Blackbeard’s Fav Topics.

    • The Bestest Tapir

      Yo, are those prog rock album covers?

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        They may as well be.

      • shh, you’ll awaken JJD

        • The Bestest Tapir

          Release the JJD!

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          It’s too late. the YESsening is upon us.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      It’s not the most exciting celestial body, but the Moon is still probably my favourite. I like how you can see its face sometimes on a good night, and the way sometimes its all big and sometimes its little, and sometimes someone’s taken a bite out of it. And I like how it makes the tides go. And how it has spiders.

      • Lacertilian

        Although the moon is the dominant factor the sun also has a % of influence on the tides.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          That’s cool. I like the Sun too. Much as I’d like to side with Michael Gira.

    • Lacertilian

      I would love to have a couple of huge gas giants visible, like if we lived on Callisto, Europa or Ganymede and looked up to mighty Jupiter.
      That’s why I bought this beast a few years ago.
      (I have posted it twice, sorry mods.)

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    So, I’m actually listening to this now. And it’s good, very good.

    • The Bestest Tapir

      Unrelated, but have you heard the new CMX album yet? I dig it. Gonna go see them live near me on 20.2

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Not yet. Going to do it today though. The single was not representative then?

        • The Bestest Tapir

          I liked the single. I like this more than their last album. A. W. Yrjänä>>>>>>>>>>

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Aawe Yrjönä. Much Prog? Much HC?

          • The Bestest Tapir

            There actually is a small moment of HC vocals by master Yrjänä. Also, Janne Westerlund’s new album is fucking goooooooooooooood!

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Earth & Janne Westerlund on 10.2

            http://gph.is/1gTXuC8

          • The Bestest Tapir

            IT HAS TO BE FUCKING TUESDAY! FUCKING FUCKITY FUCK

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Great thing I’m on early shift, I can actually make it to Kuudes Linja, HELSINKI to attend it

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I’m going to buy biological weapons and hit Helsinki (note to Fobba: this is a joke,)

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Note to Fobba: He ain’t joking

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I gotsta tell ya, with name’s like Hyperborea (this rocks btw) Mystiikan Ontologinen Sydän and Eksopaleoklimatologi, I have packed great expectations to this album.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            It’s not Aion (my favourite of theirs) but it’s goood.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I’m liking it so far (song 3) We should also note the extremly nsfW cover art

            http://b.i.levykauppax.fi/cover/big/4/41/415863.jpg?cd

          • DDubya.

            I think that’s an eagle.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            It could be, I am not certain.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
  • man, i guess doom sounds to me what Periphery sounds to all you 🙁

    • Guacamole Jim

      Sweet love?

    • The Bestest Tapir

      You ain’t trolling! You actually like Periphery?

  • RENAAAAAN! This is AWESOME!!! <3 This is the doom I like: crunchy, groovy, spacey and everything that ends in -Y!

  • JvRv

    There was this one book about snakes i would always check out from the school library. Just the colors and the angles of the scales and the geometries within the serpent form…I thought it was super cool. Bush Vipers were my #fav
    edit: also the music is good too. Yes good music

    • Holy shit!

      GL

    • would adopt as pet / 10

    • Is it tasty?

      • JvRv

        Will it blend? that is the question

    • DDubya.

      I used to get books about sharks and dinosaurs.

      • Renan Ribeiro

        There was this magazine on dinosaurs I bought religiously as a kid. All the dinos covered had their own image comparing silhouettes with a human to give you a sense of proportion. Shit was really cool.

      • Lacertilian

        I was an unashamed dinosaur nut from about the age of 5 or 6 up until Jurassic Park 3.

      • JvRv

        I had this book http://bit.ly/18CPVlo and I read this thing raw. It was so cool. This, that snake book with the green boa on it, and my space book with all the planets and moons…so much awesome. and my How Come? book…man. Maybe my kids will like them someday. I dunno.

  • Dude’s voice sounds like Chris Cornell a little bit. I like the production, those guitars sound massive.

  • Play that Saturndust track at the same time as this. It works for the first minute.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9ZzNG4wTA&list=PLShyiWZnZYzJ9TyZwu0TvF-HU6tQ8uNj9&index=3

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    carl sagan=pbs=—>”placed” fake space genius—who was more about a television holgram to obey—as far as science—–>than about actual scientific talent/ability

    —-
    that movie “contact”—-a movie that was more about demonizing “religious extremists’ than it was about cool sci fi——

    pbs =stagnant pond/psychic pollution swamp/unchanging–slave of 1968

    grey alien cult=representative psych archetypes—to control dreams of “future humans”

    vaguely human –passive weak slaves——as the only space dream creature—that is allowed to be in the post911msm—-

    dream controllers and nazi time machines

    • lolbuttz

      lolbuttz.

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    I like Rings of Saturn

    #ToiletConfessions

    • Lacertilian

      I like finding the Cassini division in the rings with old-faithful

      • Aioli of Planck Void

        Fuck I’d be stoked to have that. I gotta get away from the light pollution.

        • Lacertilian

          I bought it second hand for around $800 (AUD$) with a shitload of eyepieces and a barlow lens thrown in, he also gave me a smaller scope with an equatorial mount that I haven’t been bothered to align correctly.
          I’m in the southern hemisphere so it’s not as easy as just finding Polaris in the north.
          Where you living?
          I’m on the outskirts of Sydney and the light pollution is just bearable but I can see a thick glow in the east which obscures my chances of finding DSOs, I’m such a n00b I can’t even find Andromeda. I usually put it down to be being too drunk/baked but I think I’m just impatient and end up blaming light pollution.

          • Aioli of Planck Void

            I’m in Long Beach so my night sky is pretty bright from the sprawl of LA. I try to drive out to the Mojave Desert or Sierra Mountains as much as I can which is a few hours away and you can be in beautiful nature with brilliant clear skies. Beyond that though, my cosmic interests tend to be limited to what I can read and do on my computer. I did go down to the Palomar Observatory in San Diego a few weeks ago and that was rad. The fact that we can see a whole galaxy even with the naked eye just blows my mind. No need to eat mushrooms any more, just stare at the sky and contemplate its incomprehensibly massive glory haha.

    • I’m going to see Lamb of God and Slipknot this summer.

      #ToiletConfessions

    • They’re decent.

  • Lacertilian

    Fuck oath, well done @disqus_eSf1X1zOio:disqus
    This is amazing, I have stuff to do this morning but I can’t turn this off.
    I feel like I have eaten a tiny bit of fungus & had a bit of a bake without leaving the lounge.
    Got any more like this?

  • Brouroboris

    This is sick. I hardly ever like doom.

  • I’ll sit down this doomy little piece here for ya. Excellent video!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W1HTJzwosM