Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Born Under Saturn - Reflecting the Beautiful Design


From: USA
Year: 2000
Genre: Grindcore, Hardcore

By the late 90’s the Connecticut hardcore scene was in a steady decline from it’s previous glory days. Many of the musicians were moving away, the fans were getting older (with younger kids getting into grunge or whatever the fuck was popular) and just not going to as many shows and clubs were closing down. In spite of all this negative happenstance, Born Under Saturn was….well….born. Influenced by bands like Rorschach, Today is the Day and Discordance Axis, they flew in the face of what 99% of the other bands in the dwindling scene were doing. As technical as the songs were, with time signatures constantly shifting from crushing breakdowns to high-speed blasts and everything in between, they never sacrificed an ounce of aggression. The riffs were all over the board as well; angular, dissonant, noisy, clean, sludgy, thrashy, grinding, at times even locking with the bass to create some truly memorable melodies. The vocals fluctuated between a cleaner hardcore yell, spoken word and a demonic scream, the vocalist was a madman (no, seriously), he stalked the stage like a possessed lunatic in search of an exorcism. The album was recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge and mixed by Steve Austin of Today is the Day who, incidentally, was a big fan. Easily one of my favorite bands to come out of the CT scene if yer a fan of any of the previously mentioned bands you should dig this. I also included the 2 songs from their split 7" with Shora.


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