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Saturnus : For the Loveless Lonely Nights

Rarely has the name of an album been so aptly chosen as here. The first three songs perfectly capture the emptiness and feelings of loss that most of us have known at some point in our life. Rather than filling you with strength to deal with these "loveless and lonely nights", this album tends to drain you ever more, making you wallowing in self-pity.

The lyrics of 'For your Demons' (featuring an ever so sad violin), can leave deep emotional scars; "Did you wake with a sigh and not a smile, did you? [..] This song is for the demons that haunted me in those loveless lonely nights and for the shadows that stained my soul..." Sheer emotional power unleashed!

You can also find the original, and in my opinion better, version of 'Thou Art Free' here. It is one of the weaker songs, which makes it all the more surprising that they choose to re-record it for 'Martyre'. Nice extra's are the live versions of 'Christ Goodbye' and 'Rise of Nakkiel', the latter with a full choir. Bit of a shame is that the cheering at the end is way to long.

The album ends with a darkwave-ish track that doesn't do a whole lot for me. Interesting of this album is that all the faces of Saturnus are represented, the sad romantic feel of 'Martyre' (and '...The Loveless...'), the powerful death/doom of 'Paradise Belongs To You' and the Kim's darkwave-ish side project :Of The Wand & The Moon: in its infancy.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Starres
2. For your Demons
3. Thou Art Free
4. Christ Goodbye (live)
5. Rise of Nakkiel (live)
6. Consecreation

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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