Review Summary: wha... what just happened. Why are my ears bleeding?
No words can describe just how insane Rings of Saturn is. They seem to toy with technical/brutal death metal, yet also show progressive tendencies, metalcore breakdowns, psychedelic moments, doom moments, ambient moments, and a crapload of power-metal influenced synthesizers. The music they play is like a bat out of hell, with unhinged guitar riffs maneuvering in mind-numbing disarray, while the drummer bashes blastbeats that perfectly match the humanely impossible riffs. To top it all off, at the same time as the technical riffs and blastbeats are overwhelming the baffled listener, quirky synthesizers blast away with a sound that could only be described as a video gamer’s hell. Munching on shrooms while listening to this album is highly cautioned against.
Surprisingly, the album has great production qualities – this turns out to be the redeeming factor of the album. True, the guitars sound like garbage, but this is expected from technical death metal bands. The first time I heard the drum set, my immediate thought was that it sounded like a drum machine – I was wrong. Apparently the drums were recorded so perfectly that they sound fake. Even the guitars and synthesizers (during their shameless showing off), are crystal clear! For better or for worse, every single played note is clearly audible.
In the end, you have to wonder why anyone would want to listen to this. It is like seeing Oompa-Loompas for the first time, you have no idea what they are, but you do know that you hate them. After listening to any of the tracks on this album, you will always be left with the thought, “What just happened.” You may not necessarily like the music, but the album is still good if only because of the impressive talents of the musicians.