Mount Saturn
Kiss the Ring
(2019)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic doom
Sounds Like:
Black Math Horseman, Khemmis, Acid King
Friday, February 22, 2019
Distinctive vocals where the hollow echoes cry in distant cavernous spacescapes. Welcome Mount Saturn hailing from Bellingham, Washington and their debut album. Lead vocalist Violet Vasquez is a hidden treasure of emotion and despair supported by one hell of a crew. A brilliant approach of designing the vocal effect from a distance. This adds such a refreshing feel to the album, as if Violet is set back trying to find her way through the dark landscapes. 25 minutes of majestic but overcast melodies shines start to finish. Blum’s fretwork prowess has the perfect tonality to support Violet’s despair. Really impressive riffs across the board.

Track Listing:
1. Dwell- (7:07)
2. Idol Hands (4:11)
3. Salt (6:41)
4. Kiss the Ring (7:10)

Standout Track:
The title track "Kiss the Ring" has such a heartfelt arms to the sky feel. At first listen we immediately clung to the beautiful melody that resonates throughout. Powerful stuff indeed.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
No question the sincere limitless sound of Mount Saturn matches so well with Boundary Bay IPA from their native town at 6.4% ABV . This IPA has a nose of orange and piney resin, and delivers with sweet, rich oily hop flavors. With a backdrop of oranges and creme caramel, you are in store for a wonderful complement to ‘Kiss the Ring’

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
9.1 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.3 out of 11

Vocal Prowess
10.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.6 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.7 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.5 out of 11

Contrast
9.0 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.1 out of 11

Production Value
9.5 out of 11

Mount Saturn is:
Cody Barton - Bass
Ray Blum - Guitar
Violet Vasquez - Vocals
Ray Blum - Guitar
Tanner Scinocco - Drums

Final Thoughts:
A bright future lies ahead for Mount Saturn. They have bottled a very unique and poignant sound. The perfect blend of doom and psychedelia to have us yearning more. Music fans in general no matter what their genre inclination need to grab this one and add to their rotation.

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