Rings of Saturn is a progressive technical deathcore outfit from the Bay Area. The band was originally conceived as a studio project by high school friends Lucas Mann (guitars, bass, and keyboards), Peter Pawlak (vocals), and Brent Silletto (drums). Mann remains the lone original member.
Melding an extremely busy, labyrinthine meld of thrash and technical death metal with lyrics about alien life forms, the band issued its first track, "Abducted" as an internet-only single and gained attention across the globe.
They followed it with the self-released full-length Embryonic Anomaly in May of 2010. The set was recorded with engineer Bob Swanson at Mayhemeness in Sacramento. It was picked up for distribution internationally and garnered the attention of the Unique Leader label, who signed them later in the year. In 2011 (the year they graduated from high school) the group added second guitarist Joel Omans and began to tour. Their new label re-released Embryonic Anomaly for the occasion. By the end of the year, both Pawlak and Silletto had left the band and were replaced by a series of bass players and drummers.
Singer Ian Bearer came aboard in early 2012 in time to record the band's sophomore effort, Dingir. It was also engineered and produced by Swanson. Originally scheduled for release in December of 2012, a leak of an unmixed version prompted Bearer to upload the finished version on his YouTube channel and Unique Leader to advance stream it on Total Deathcore. The set was issued in physical form in February of 2013. Despite the leak, the album reached the industry charts and created international attention for the band on its subsequent tour. Lugal Ki En, Rings of Saturn's third album, was announced in July of 2014. Produced by Brette Ciamarra, it was released in October on Unique Leader and preceded by the issue of the video single "Senseless Massacre." The album appeared in October and entered at number three on the Billboard Heatseeker chart. ~ Thom Jurek