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Saturnalia – WISN.com

WISN Milwaukee As Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees wailed in his brooding baritone in the Seattle band’s early ’90s, alternative-rock quasi-hit, “Nearly Lost You,” it’s unlikely that he knew he was crooning a phrase that could serve as the hope-filled motto for the majority of his career. Every time the singer seemed poised to break through, widespread recognition slipped through his fingers. Still, Lanegan has kept chasing the dream. In the song, Lanegan growls about an allusive, hellish nightmare that keeps calling him back…

Saturnalia – Montreal Gazette

Canada.com ****1/2 From doombound opener The Stations through to Front Street, this tag-team between two alt-rock dramatists – Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli – finally consummate their long collaborative flirtation. They’re a band now, and how. Moody, moonless and muscular, this is a Gimme Shelter for ’08, an extended wrestle with some kind of damnation. Given the darkness and the lavish biblical imagery, we’ll call it Gothspel, with Dulli’s reckless voice (mainly within discipline) and Lanegan’s grave growl surprisingly well-matched. There are many shades of…

Saturnalia – Santa Fe New Mexican

Terrell’s Tune-Up – SantaFeNewMexican.com Gloomy tunes from two Rarely have gloom and damnation sounded so attractive. Under the collective name of The Gutter Twins, Mark Lanegan — former lead moaner of Screaming Trees — and Greg Dulli — best known as the main voice of The Afghan Whigs and, more recently, The Twilight Singers — have teamed up to create Saturnalia, a foreboding serenade for a dark night of the soul, a morose masterpiece that captures the strengths of each of the Twins. It’s full…

Saturnalia – NYU News

NYUNews.com 4 stars The Gutter Twins is Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age). These indie-rock legends have worked together throughout their careers, making “Saturnalia” a natural collaboration. It has its share of grim moments, with its two frontmen trading dour vocals throughout the record. But moments of fragile beauty emerge from the disc’s whiskey-drenched haze. A somewhat religious fervor marks opener “The Stations,” with its references to God and wordless exaltations. But the…

Saturnalia – Colorado Springs Independent

Colorado Springs Independent : Sound Advice Sounds like: New millennium alt-rock Short take: ’90s players inspired in Gutter There’s a decidedly dark edge to be explored within the alluring guitars and haunting keys of Saturnalia, a debut collaboration between longtime friends Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age). Unlike any album Dulli’s previously created, this 12-track effort mixes louder guitar rock (“God’s Children”) motifs with alternative rock song structures (“Seven Stories Underground”) — both of which…

Saturnalia – Bristol Evening Post

10/10 Sub Pop Records launched many a band, none more obvious than Nirvana. Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan both started out on the label with the critically lauded Afghan Whigs and Screaming Trees, respectively. The two old friends find themselves back in the fold with their first full length release together, and it is everything their fans could have hoped for. Lanegan’s deep rumble of a voice launches dramatic opener The Stations almost unaccompanied before stabbing guitars and urgent strings build layers over each other….

Saturnalia – San Diego CityBeat

San Diego CityBeat 8.0 Goes well with: Afghan Whigs, Screaming Trees, cigarettes, drinking yourself into oblivion Rarely has a band name been more appropriate. Saturnalia is a collaboration between two of modern rock’s most notorious substance abusers—Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees)—that peers into the dark side of human behavior through the eyes of men who’ve done and seen their share of dirt. This album could easily have been a retread of each twin’s past glories, but its elegant composition reveals a…

Saturnalia – Harp

Harp magazine Three of Saturnalia’s standout tracks: “Idle Hands” (Lanegan/Dulli) With his voice at its prowling Iggy-est, Lanegan purrs through the album’s loudest bristle of cutting guitars and sawing, Middle Eastern-inspired strings—and with “devil’s plaything” lyrics to guide him. It’s not the best track here. But it is the noisiest. And poking beautiful holes into clamor is what Lanegan does best. “Circle The Fringes” (Dulli/Lanegan) Dulli toys with a squeaking orchestra, rat-a-tat rhythms and Beatles-like codas with a sneering vocal tone that makes the whole…

Saturnalia – The New York Sun

The Last Kings of Grunge – The New York Sun By Brett McCabe What becomes of the beloved artist who achieves critical but never commercial success? It’s a question that feels especially prescient as the fêted artists of the 1990s American underground ease into middle age along with their fans. The front men from three seminal alternative rock bands have new albums out today. The Afghan Whigs’s Greg Dulli and the Screaming Trees’s Mark Lanegan team up for their first full-length collaborative project as the…

Saturnalia – Las Vegas Review Journal

ReviewJournal.com They have world-weary voices and their livers are even more well-worn. Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli are two of the most intoxicating — and intoxicated — singers currently haunting the rock ‘n’ roll underground with tattered hearts and 100-proof baritones. They’ve collaborated together before in Dulli’s excellent Twilight Singers outfit, and now the two have paired up for a full album of smoky, after-dark tunes that are both desperate and seductive in the same breath. This is the soundtrack to long nights and even…

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