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Saturnine : Mors Vocat

The all-female Saturnine witches unleash a monstrously punishing Sludge/Death/Black debut.

It's not every day that I get to review an all women Doom band...


If you're expecting that Saturnine will be playing Gothic Doom, you couldn't be more wrong. Past the eerie intro 'Mors Vocat', your ears will be under an relentless assault that owes as much to Hellhammer and Amebix as it does to Winter and early Dream Death.

This is a sick, raw, uncompromising Sludge/Doom swampfest that takes place in the most humid and dusty catacombs beneath Rome. Arrangements? None! Riffs? Aplenty! Funeral pace? Slower than that, you must be dead. Take a song like 'Fangs In The Flesh': it sounds like Gallhammer overdosing on The Funeral Orchestra, yet isn't afraid to include some acoustic interlude, to give you one last breath before crushing your windpipe.

Every song is reeking of audio putrefaction, and oozing morbidity like a swimming pool full of adipocere. Every riff is an invitation to a ghoulish sabbat, for which you'd better not ask what meat is actually served on your plate. Every drum part is another coffin nail hammered in your skull. And don't get misled by the atmospheric intro to 'Crimson Sand': that's just a way for those Italian witches to trap you inside a nightmarish vortex.

This is the kind of ugliness that I would like to hear everytime I receive a lousy Depressive Suicidal Black Metal record that labels itself as 'Black/Doom'. This is Grimness Incarnate in Doom. This is more occult-sounding than the whole Electric Wizard discography, and it's damn well deadly serious about it. This is the first album from Saturnine, and this is the most impressive debut I heard in 2015. With 'Mors Vocat', Saturnine has managed to create an impressive beast of a record with parts taken from the corpses of Doom/Death, Sludge/Doom and Black/Doom. I haven't heard a debut album so unrelentingly punishing since Obskure Torture released their first EP. Not for the weak-willed and fainthearted among you.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Mors Vocat
2. Moloch
3. Fangs In The Flesh
4. Crimson Sand
5. Empire Of Guilt
6. Bones And Regrets
7. Escape From Reality

Duration : Approx. 38 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-09-25 by Laurent Lignon
Aesthetic Death
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