Release date: July 28, 2017
Rating: outstanding (4)

Line-up:
Lucas Mann – Guitars, Bass, Synth
Ian Bearer – Lyrics, Vocals
Aaron Stechauner – Drums
Miles Dimitri Baker – Guitar

The first time I heard about the band Rings Of Saturn was when I watched one of Jared Dines’ videos. It is called “10 ways to headbang (for beginners)” and that’s where he shows different types of headbangers at metal shows. At some point, there is one type called “Every Rings Of Saturn Show” and he shows a guy who just can’t figure out how to headbang. So apparently, Rings Of Saturn’s music is so complicated when it comes to rhythm that no one can figure it out.
So now I’m sitting here, listening to Rings Of Saturn’s new record Ultu Ulla because weird music is just what I’m into; additionally, I wanted to check out this band ever since watching that video.

The record is composed of several explosive, fast and mind-blowingly complex tracks accompanied by some fresh acoustic intros and interludes for good measure. Rings Of Saturn show that deathcore doesn’t have to be repetitive, but can in fact be really exciting and interesting for fans of technical and progressive music: Abysmal, dark breakdowns alternate with colorful synthesizer and guitar melodies on Ultu Ulla. Merely the vocals sound a little monotonous to me, but I assume that people who are listening to Rings Of Saturn aren’t doing so because of the vocals in particular. This is a band that surely has things to offer past good vocals.

I can tell you that once you have gone through the initial “What the heck am I listening to”-phase, you might really enjoy this record. Ultu Ulla is something different that is worth giving a listen, so don’t be put off by retro video game soundtrack inspired guitar melodies and Rings Of Saturn’s alien and space concept. Highlights: “Servant Of This Sentience” and “Inadequate”.

Tracks:
01. Servant of this Sentience
02. Parallel Shift
03. Unhallowed
04. Immemorial Essence
05. The Relic
06. Margidda
07. Harvest
08. The Macrocosm
09. Prognosis Confirmed
10. Inadequate