The Gutter Twins: press
From the BBC [link]:
Saturnalia is never less than music on a grand scale. It's about the depths of rawness; of soulful words wrapped up in alt rock forms. It is a sound full of passion that feels as if it will only be fully unleashed when played on stage. If only all alt rock was a good as this.From NME [link]:
...what gives 'Saturnalia' its real kick is the way it emotionally engages. After decades spent battling their personal demons on the road to excess, the Palace Of Wisdom is finally within sight.From Pitchfork [link]:
...the album possesses a gruesome attraction for fans of both musicians, who will hear it as a bloodletting, as well as for newcomers, who may hear it as a violent shoot-out- Dulli and Lanegan against the world, their fates undecided. The Twins push each other to go darker and deeper, to bare more of their souls, so Saturnalia sounds heavier, bleaker, simultaneously more desperate and more content than anything either musician has done in years.From The Guardian [link]:
This is intense music, with moments of pure bliss. Dulli calls the pair the Satanic Everly Brothers; it's not hard to see why.From Harp Magazine [link]:
Saturnalia is as if conjoined twins, once separated, had been--corny, but true--united at the soul. Their menacing solo voices may seem plucked and struck from the same, sometimes sentimental, center. But when they sing at once in rancid harmony, it's as if the Everlys had died and gone to Purgatory to play out their darkest days before the big decision.From Playback Magazine [link]:
A triumph of great art over anticipation and expectation, Saturnalia, named after an ancient Roman festival at which the social order of slaves and masters were reversed, finds Dulli and Lanegan in peak form, the singers reaching for transcendental deliverance while contemplating heaven, hell, temptation, and salvation amidst ominous sonic surroundings.