Saturn V - "Long Delayed Echoes"
(self-released 2002, CD)

From Aural Innovations #24 (July 2003)

Saturn V is the brainchild of Robert Nelson who gathered some friends together for the purpose of recording his songs. Robert really scored because the friends he brought into the project make for a tight and kick ass rockin band. In addition to Nelson on drums and rhythm guitar we've got Charlie Kent on vocals, Kevin O'Neil on bass, and the absolutely smokin Tim Zimmerman on lead and rhythm guitars. There are 8 songs that only add up to about 25 minutes, but Saturn V make their statement concisely and with a full in-yer-face rockin assault. Most of the tracks are straight ahead hard rock. But these are excellent songs and Zimmerman is a damn fine guitarist, treating us to fiery and mucho tasty solos.

With "Sector 7" we're getting into spacier territory. Hard rock guitar solos in the background while the rhythm section is more off-kilter and narrative in structure. And cool efx'd voices monolog about the fate of Sector 7. Saturn V accomplish quite a bit in less than 2 minutes on this one. "I Left My Heart On The Moon (Tom's Song)" was written for Robert's father who worked for Grumman and helped design the LEM that went to the moon. And "Long Delayed Echoes" (by far my favorite track of the set) is a space metal tune that reminds me of some of Pseudo Sun's songs. But no synths. At about 6 minutes this is by far the longest track on the album and demonstrates that these guys have the ability to really develop a song when they take the time to do so. Ok Robert... I'm ready to hear more... send it on!

For more information you can email Rob Nelson at:
Contact via snail mail c/o Robert Nelson; 1141 Concord Street; Framingham, MA 01701.

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz

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