Music Review: High Priest of Saturn
CD: High Priest of Saturn
Label: Svart Records
Available: March 22nd 2013
By: TJ Fowler
The thing with Doom Metal bands is that you get your money’s worth in terms of song length with them. This is no different with High Priest of Saturn’s debut album. You have 4 songs that all click in at 9 minutes or over and offer a listener a very eclectic and trippy style of music.
What I gathered from listening to these tunes was a very 60’s/70’s psychedelic/stoner type rock with what appeared to be almost like a stream of consciousness type vibe. Within this Norwegian trio’s 4 songs you will find a music that will attempt to subdue your high cognitive senses and take you on a trip of surreal and metaphysical proportions. The album reminds me of a something you pop in at a party of stoners or a cult ritual, turn the lights down low, drop acid, and find a dark corner to hide in and be swept away on whatever journey the music wants to take you while who knows what other shit is going on around you.
An interesting thing I noticed about the female singer is that she sounded very much like Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane which I felt suited this psychedelic mind altering music along with the background ambience and chants you hear throughout the cd’s run. I would actually be interested in this band’s take on some of the Jefferson Airplane’s tunes such as ‘White Rabbit’.
Being someone who has never partook in illegal pharmaceuticals I feel listening to High Priest of Saturn could be the closest thing to experiencing such an effect of drugs without actually taking them. If you are someone who does partake in such social hobbies then you might well become a new Doom disciple of the High Priest of Saturn.
High Priest of Saturn are:
Merethe Heggset – Bass Guitar and Voice
Martin Sivertsen – Guitar
Andreas Hagen – Guitar and Drums
1: Protean Towers
2: Kraken Mare
3: Crawling King Snake
4: On Mayda Insula