Rings of Saturn
Rings of Saturn


1.5
very poor

Review

by tyman128 CONTRIBUTOR (80 Reviews)
June 19th, 2022 | 138 replies


Release Date: 06/15/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lucas Mann's Ego: The EP

This is a weird one. Let’s see… Rings of Saturn, a band known for their weird techy style filled with alien noises lets go of their vocalist and drummer. So all we have left is two guitarists who love to be as wild as possible with their technicality and try to sound impossibly difficult with each guitar portion they write. I mean, the guitar work on the last several albums overwhelmed much of the vocal performance, so maybe going instrumental was the right thing to do! Well, that’s the weird part. For the first time ever, Rings of Saturn, or what’s left of the band, has made a project that feels like it should have vocals. Instead of embracing their technical, albeit annoying, style, the band (or duo now) has opted for a lackluster self-titled that leans heavily into trap influence and MIDI instrumentation.

I’ll give credit where credit is due. Rings of Saturn is a bold shift in style and definitely shows the crew taking initiative with their new lineup, or lack thereof. However, this doesn’t make the project even remotely good. Each track is oversaturated with trap beats and 808’s that stick out like a sore thumb. They contrast the guitar work and don’t add anything other than being an annoying nuance in the project. I mean, I guess that’s what happens when there’s no longer a drummer in the band. In an equally annoying manner, Rings of Saturn heavily relies on MIDI instrumentation, from orchestration and piano to synthesizers, none of which cohesively work together. Every introduction of a “surprising” instrument feels more like it was made for shock factor rather than genuine musical composition. It’s almost like it’s the band proving that they don’t need their old lineup to continue making inspiring techy work.

I could continue complaining about all the weird additions to their style, but the most offensive part of this new project is what remains of Rings of Saturn’s standard formula. As stated before, the band became known for their insane technicality with the guitar work displaying intricate sweep picking and crushing tremolo riffs. All of that is essentially gone. Instead, it’s been replaced by basic chugs and simplistic guitar harmonies. In fact, whatever alien noises that the guitars used to make in past albums have now been replaced by MIDI keyboards in Rings of Saturn. And it almost seems like the band is aware of this. “Sector 80” is the closest to their original sound they had before, with dissonant harmonies and fun intricate riffing… but it’s literally 14 seconds long. With every other song, all of the riffs and melodies begin to bleed together, leaving it a jumbled mess that fails to stand out as even remotely unique.

I understand a band’s desire to change up their sound when faced with a new lineup challenge, but this feels like an ego project more than a genuine musical endeavor. If you like the old Rings of Saturn, don’t check this. If you like the new Rings of Saturn, don’t check this. I’m sure you can figure out what I’m saying… just don’t check this. Ironic how when given the musical freedom to write the craziest stuff possible, the Rings of Saturn duo opts to make a bland trap/tech metal project that fails at its own style.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

another (and hopefully last) rant review... this freakin sucked. If you haven't listened to this, don't, save your time because there's nothing here

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YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


16907 Comments


this sounds like a war crime. great review, even better album art

parksungjoon
June 19th 2022


45122 Comments


lol this band


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tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

honestly doesn't deserve to have its album art fixed

Purpl3Spartan
June 19th 2022


4380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

mods feature this one too

Purpl3Spartan
June 19th 2022


4380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

but don't fix the album art

MO
June 19th 2022


23706 Comments


rings of polyphia

Purpl3Spartan
June 19th 2022


4380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

but polyphia is cool and this is lame

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this reminds me too much of berried alive, but somehow worse

BAT
June 19th 2022


1300 Comments


lol so now they sound like bad 'berried alive' but w/ guitar pro? releasing this as a self-titled is definitely a bold move, doubt many fans from their unique leader days are gonna be into this

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no one in their right mind should be into this honestly

i’m just waiting for the fanboys to tell me i’m wrong

parksungjoon
June 19th 2022


45122 Comments


do people still follow this band

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sadly... what’s left of a “band”

BAT
June 19th 2022


1300 Comments


had hs friends that were into the first two rings albums buut yeah the past like 10 years has just been them addressing drama on youtube. reviews on point in terms of their most recent albums feeling like random riff compilations with someone desperately trying to growl on top, lucas mann caan play the guitar but rings has never been 'catchy' annd doing a trapped out polyphia ripoff is definitely another misstep

Glintingbeetle
June 19th 2022


2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The worst thing is that they finished mixing and mastering two days before the record released. This is really hard to listen to

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ah yes, the old reliable technique of mixing and mastering trash in 2 days, what more would you expect?

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


16907 Comments


brotha WHAT

parksungjoon
June 19th 2022


45122 Comments


ringydingy

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
June 19th 2022


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

that should be their new name

0BSCURA
June 19th 2022


50 Comments


this fondue pot of shit people call a band is still bubbling? i heard rings of saturn waaay back in 2014 and immediately dismissed it as a joke and i’m not surprised to see it’s done nothing but fester.



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