SATURNUS have signed a multi-album deal with Prophecy Productions. The Danish death doom veterans will return in 2022 to release their first full-length after their fourth album “Saturn in Ascension” came out in 2012. This collaboration will also see the band’s third full-length “Veronika Decides to Die” to be officially released on vinyl for the first time and as an artbook CD at a later stage.
SATURNUS comment: “We are extremely proud to announce that we are now part of the Prophecy Productions family”, writes drummer Henrik Glass in representation of the band. “After all these years, we are happy to be joining such a great artist roster alongside many of our friends. This is the first step in a fresh new direction, and we know that Prophecy is the label that will help us along our path. We chose to sign with Prophecy as they have a great history and a solid reputation, knowing that they stand for the best interests of their artists, which is extremely important to us. Now with this new relationship and the support it brings, we can hardly wait to progress to the next stage in our journey. Stay tuned as we enter the next chapter in the book of Saturnus!”
Martin Koller adds: “Already in the 1990s, I became a huge fan of Saturnus”, tells the founder of Prophecy Productions. “It is therefore hardly a surprise that I am very glad and proud to welcome the Danes to our label family, which they perfectly match!”
When singer Thomas A.G. Jensen started looking for other musicians in the area of Denmark’s capital Copenhagen in 1991 to form a death metal act, he was soon joined by bass player Brian Hansen, who had the same idea. Once a guitarist and drummer were also found, the band ASESINO was born. Undergoing a number of changes during the next years, the name was finally switched to SATURNUS in 1993.
In 1996, SATURNUS got their first record deal and released their debut full-length “Paradise Belongs to You” in January 1997. On the strength of this album, the Danes were invited to perform at the famous Roskilde Festival the same year. As their show was recorded by Norwegian Radio (NRK), it ended up being broadcast all over Scandinavia.
SATURNUS had immediately begun to work on new material as soon as their debut was finished and hooked up with the producer of Metallica’s classic thrash albums, Flemming Rasmussen and his The Sweet Silence Studios. Although the recording of “Martyre” was finished in May 1999, it got delayed by a number of strange events until January 2000.
More weird occurrences led to quite a bit of a hiatus, until the third studio full-length “Veronika Decides to Die” finally hit the stores in 2006. After the release, SATURNUS first embarked on a small tour with AGALLOCH and NOVEMBERS DOOM, which the Danes followed up with an extensive European tour joining Chileans MAR DE GRISES and THURISAZ in 2008. Another tour followed in 2011, but it would take until November 2012 before the acclaimed fourth album “Saturn in Ascension” was released, which was again produced by Flemming Rasmussen.
Celebrated their 20th anniversary, SATURNUS hit the roads of Europe once again and having accumulated a dedicated following over all these years, their touring included prestigious festivals such as Brutal Assault (CZ), Copenhell (DK), and ArtMania (RO) among many others. The Danes continued extensive touring with occasional breaks from 2014 until 2017, which brought them among the usual territories as far Russia and for the first time to the Middle East.
After several changes in the line-up, SATURNUS were joined by guitarists Indee (formerly CLOUDS, and EYE OF SOLITUDE) and Julio from AUTUMNAL in 2020. Despite more obstacles created by the pandemic, the band started working on their next albums and recordings have been scheduled for the end of 2021. With the support of their new label partner Prophecy Productions, SATURNUS are determined to return with their fifth album in 2022.
Thomas A.G. – vocals
Indee Rehal-Sagoo – lead guitar
Julio Fernandez – rhythm guitar
Brian Hansen – bass
Henrik O. Glass – drums
Style: Death Doom