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Saturn: Ascending (Live In Space)

Album Review

Swedish retro-rockers still feeling gravity’s pull

The extremities of modern metal might make it easy to dismiss the bands that started it all in the 70s as tame these days, but to do so would be to negate just how innovative and downright dangerous those artists sounded back then.

Swedish trad-metal revivalists Saturn get it right by bringing the danger back to the forefront: denim, leather and youthful exuberance their weapons. The innovation, however, is somewhat absent. You may feel like you’ve heard all this before, although this is a record crafted not in imitation, but in loving homage. The fact that it was recorded live, although perhaps not in space as the title suggests, helps, giving Ascending... a rough imperfection that further contributes to its soul. From the opening salvo of So You Have Chosen Death’s duelling guitars through to the swaggering, bass-driven rhythm and blues of Last Man In Space, Saturn’s passion shines through, revitalising a period of metal not quite ready for the history books. And yet it remains to be seen whether they will make a significant contribution of their own.

Via Rise Above


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