Hailing from Norway, High Priest of Saturn play heavy, drippy doom laced with facets of stoner metal and sludge metal. The band makes it debut with a self-titled CD courtesy of Svart Records. Although only four tracks in length, each song is more than nine minutes, so expect some killer doom. The band is fronted by Merethe Heggset, so comparisons to Acid King are expected, although the band has its own distinct style. Take Five received an audience with the band, the results of which are presented below.
Tell me about the name of your band and how it fits into your musical approach.
High Priest of Saturn: “We came up with several ideas for a band name before deciding on High Priest of Saturn. We chose this because we like the symbolism and mythology surrounding Saturn, and because of the fact that it has a nice psychedelic vibe to it, which fits our music well.”
Tell me about your new full-length self-titled CD. What can listeners expect to experience?
High Priest of Saturn: “The album consists of re-recorded versions of the two demo songs, as well as two new songs. Listeners can expect slow, long songs (all of the tracks are more than nine minutes long) with heavy guitar and bass sounds, ethereal organs, huge, thundering drums and spaced-out vocals. In many ways, the sound is darker than the demo, but there are some light moments as well.”
Much like the music, the lyrics on your self-titled CD have an eerie, spacey quality. What sorts of things inspire the words that you assemble into your songs? Are there any favorite authors that you lean on for inspiration (Clark Ashton Smith pops into my head) or do you rely mostly on your own thoughts?
High Priest of Saturn: “I think my lyrical style is a mixture of inspiration from several sources. The lyrical style somewhat resembles Al Cisneros at times, but I’m also inspired by Jim Morrison (both his lyrics and poetry) and some Pink Floyd. As for authors, I haven’t really read much Clark Ashton Smith, but I’m of course an H.P. Lovecraft fan. When writing, I focus more on the sounds of the words, as well as the atmosphere they create, rather than telling a story.”
Any plans to tour the United States? If so, any chance you will come through New Mexico to spread the doom?
High Priest of Saturn: “No plans unfortunately. We haven’t even toured Europe yet, but hopefully in the future!”
What band outside of the metal genre would you say has had an influence on your musical approach? Why?
High Priest of Saturn: “Pink Floyd. It’s basically our favourite band. People might say it’s pretentious, but we feel that Pink Floyd’s music touches you on a deeply emotional and human level. There is something in the way it’s epic, but in a very small and personal way. How is that even possible?”