Deathcore. Technicality. Brutality. Aliens. The fuck is going on? It’s Rings of Saturn‘s newest release, something about a “Dingir”. Have you ever drank coffee while having sex during a boss fight on expert mode while smoking a cigarette and weed and shotgunning a 32 oz can of beer at the same damn time? That’s what this album feels like. 42 minutes of fucking brilliance. 42 minutes of sheer awesome. How the crap they came up with this theme and execute it the way they do is beyond me. It’s talented as hell, musicianship is incredibly masterful and Rings of Saturn has written one of the coolest technical death metal albums of 2012. 3….2….1….let’s go.
So here it is….well sort of. The album is being released in fucking 2013 now. How did I get to listen to such an amazing album so early? Well the band is streaming it on YouTube right now. Open that link, press play and keep reading. You hear that? Wait for it….wait for it……there it is. That’s fucking heavy right? I know, that’s what I was thinking. 8 string guitars just ripping your anus apart with note after note, there are more played notes within 60 seconds of their first song than you get on most deathcore albums in general. Rings of Saturn takes what we enjoy, blends them together and shits them into our ears. It’s lovely isn’t it? Sounds so good.
I’ve enjoyed the technical death metal bands that have come out in the past decade. However, none of them has grabbed me as much as Rings of Saturn has. Their ability to play such powerful grooves then immediately time warp me through the galaxy straight to Planet Zebes with their space travel aliencore technicality. It’s sheer madness!!!! Yes, they play these notes in real time. This isn’t sped up to sound cool. Lucas Mann & Joel Omans are all over the place on their axes. Their style is so unique, they make the difference between what we know and the new shit they bring to the table. Their writing is random, weird and highly contagious. They can write these songs that can be so catchy AND super impressive at the same time. I mean as soon as I heard the intro riff for “Immaculate Order” I got chills up and down my spine. That is how you write a riff ladies and gentlemen.
Bass is low in the mix and drumming is a little strong. People are complaining about the drumming being a machine, but in all honesty, who gives a fuck. Their drummer can play this shit live and they probably had a hard time finding a way to record drums. This isn’t a well known millionaire band. They are struggling to play and tour and they have to make it work the best way they can. Vocals on this record I feel are mixed well. Ian’s style is very traditional to how deathcore vocalists sound, his lows are similar to Phil Bozeman and his highs are similar to Mitch Lucker’s. I think his high’s are better than Lucker’s though, they aren’t annoying, just raspy.
Yes, “Dingir” (the fuck is a dingir, anyway?) is one of the best things I’ve heard all year. It’s constantly stuck in my head, I always want to listen to it and it’s a modern day masterpiece. If you don’t like this album then fuck you.
6 out of 5
Yes, that’s a serious score. It’s better than a 5, it’s record breaking. Rings of Saturn makes me want to give up guitar because I’ll never be that good. Dingir is truly something special, they’ve raised the bar on the ENTIRE GENRE OF METAL. These young guys are experts, don’t fuck with them.
Unique Leader Records