:: Interview with Saturnus
Interview with Saturnus
Late November 2012, Saturnus
made their comeback with an excellent album called Saturn in Ascension
, six years after their previous album. A rather long time that explains Rune Stiassny (guitars, keyboards), in an interview which reveals the secrets of one of the best bands of European Doom ...
Metalship : Hello Rune!
How would you describe the place of the band in your own life?
The band means a lot to me. When I write music I use a lot of emotions that I carry inside, I use music to channel many things through, so in a sence it acts as a exhaust valve, and gives me a break from my everyday life.
Metalship : Veronika Decides to Die was released in 2006, Saturn in Ascension in 2012. Why has it taken so long?
There has been a lot going on since 2006, the lineup has changed almost completely, so the song writing first really started around 2008-09. We had a lot of different session musicians which required us to spend a lot of time rehearsing for shows, and besides that we changed our record label.
Metalship : Could you tell us more about the line-up changes?
I helped the band out on The Etheral Sessions Tour 2008 and was the first to join shortly after. In 2010 Henrik Glass joined and in late 2012 Mika Filborne joined, and we just got our new rhythm guitarist, Gert Lund, and now it finally seems that we have a permanent crew.
Metalship : Saturn in Ascension is released via Cyclone Empire. How was born this collaboration?
We send them a demo consisting of 3 songs, and they liked it. In our eyes they seemed liked competent people so we took the deal, and so far it seems like a good match.
Metalship : How would you compare it to your previous albums?
It still sounds like Saturnus
but with a bit more orchestral aspects and a bit more guitar solos. The songs themself remains true to the genre but reaches out to both lighter and darker aspects within the style, for instance on a ballad called “A Lonely Passage” we used a female vocalist named Laurie Ann Haus, which added another dimension to the chorus and also the outro, as well as the last track “Between”, which has a rich orchestration towards the ending.
Metalship : What or who inspired you the most as a band during the processes of writing and recording?
There are many things linked to this, things such as a state of mind, deep emotions, landscapes, nature, being away from the ones you love and much more. But the frame was already there when I started in the band, the sound of Saturnus
had already been there for 3 records so the path was kind of layed before me.
Metalship : What song is the song people HAVE to check out if they want the best idea of what Saturn in Ascension is all about?
Its really hard to pick just one song so I'll pick two.
“The Litany Of Rain” which is a little darker and “Wind Torn” which is a little lighter.
The reason that I choose these two songs is that they represent something deeper in man, for instance the aspect of deliverance which in this case is very clear for me in “Windtorn”. And “The Litany Of Rain” which has a more dark feel to it which is more focused inward to the heavier aspects of life.
Metalship : The quality of sound, the mix, and mastering are of great importance for me when I listen to a band's recordings. There is a delicate intensity and harshness to the final product. Each instrument and the vocals are very well balanced. How was the recording process and how did the studio techs help you achieve this?
I have a home studio where I recorded the lead guitar and the keyboards, while the drums was recorded at Winding Roads studios with Flemming Rasmussen behind the mixing console. The acoustic guitars were also recorded at Winding Roads and so was the bass and vocals, the rhythm guitar however was for most of the tracks recorded in Sweden by former member Mattias Svenson in his home studio and later reamped in Winding roads. After the mix was done we took it for a mastering session with Flemming Hansson JR at Sweep Production which really added some nice punch and glue to the album.
Metalship : The album cover artwork is pretty interesting. How does the artwork tie in with your music and lyrics on this album?
We like to spawn the emagination of the listener, so it's really for them to decide.
Metalship : So now that you've got the new album out, what's next for you guys? What type of direction do you see the music going in with your next album?
I think it will be going in a direction which leads both backwards and forwards, meaning that going back to Paradise Belongs To You
while keeping the new aspects evolving. But we will see.
Metalship : Do you have any other tours/festivals lined up? Can we expect to see you in France?
I would refer to our homepage Saturnus.dk for that kind of information since we keep updating it with new tour dates, but I can not see why we should'nt stop by France.
Metalship : What can people expect at one of your live shows?
A band performing with passion for music.
Metalship : What represent the fact of being on stage for you? Is it the best part for a musician?
For me it is a mixture between writing and sharing the material with the listener from the stage. And I think it is very important to note that without the listener the performance would'nt exist, so that synergy that happens on stage with the crowd is really an intense feeling.
Metalship : What are the professions of the band members and do any of you have any interesting hobbies beside making music?
I Know that Thomas are really into pro wrestling and soccer and he is a bus driver for a living, while Brian is really into collecting movies and works at an insurance company. I like writing music and being outdoors in nature, and i work with mixing sound to television. Henrik likes to play world of warcraft and is a kindergarden teacher. Mika likes nature and soccer and works at an office in a institution for children. And Finaly Gert works as a chef and really likes movies.
Metalship : Hypothetical time! You're stranded on a deserted island. You have an mp3 player of infinite battery life… but alas! It can only hold 10 albums. What would be on yours?
Metalship : Thanks for doing this, do you have any last words you'd like to send out to the Metalship readers?
Thanks for taking interest in us, and remember to support your local music scene, because music is facing some economical tough times, and it really needs your support – remember not to take music for granted...
added by kumelia, on May 8, 2013 for Metalship