Lugal Ki En

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Lugal Ki En
Lugal ki en.jpg
Studio album by Rings of Saturn
Released October 14, 2014
Recorded at Studio 344 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Genre Deathcore, technical death metal
Length 44:34
Label Unique Leader
Producer Brette Ciamarra
Rings of Saturn chronology
Dingir
(2013)Dingir2013
Lugal Ki En
(2014)
Ultu Ulla
(2017)Ultu Ulla2017

Lugal Ki En is the third album by American deathcore band Rings of Saturn released on October 14, 2014. It was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features guest solo work by Rusty Cooley from Day of Reckoning and custom artwork by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art, who also created the band's Dingir cover. This album also features Aaron Kitcher from Infant Annihilator and Black Tongue on drums. Rings of Saturn decided to cover deathcore band Suicide Silence's "No Pity for a Coward" in dedication to Mitch Lucker. On October 6, 2014, Lucas Mann released a full album stream of the album on his YouTube channel, a week before its scheduled release for October 14 (US) and October 17 (EU).[1] The album reached 126 on the Billboard 200 chart[2] and sold 3,025 copies in its first week.[3] This is the last album to feature guitarist Joel Omans who left the band due to ongoing tensions between its founding member Lucas Mann.

Theme[edit]

Lead guitarist, Lucas Mann states that, “The concept of the album in a nutshell is that long after the Aliens conquer humanity, they evolve to a point where they transcend space, time and reality to take their conquest into the realm of the gods where they wage war on angels and demons. The album title Lugal Ki En translates from ancient Sumerian cuneiform to mean ‘King Of The Earthlings, Lord Of The Cosmic World.’ The Sumerian cuneiform is visible behind the English pronunciation of the album title.”[4]

Singles[edit]

On August 12, 2014, a music video for the song "Senseless Massacre" was released on guitarist Lucas Mann's YouTube channel.[5]

Controversy[edit]

The band stated on their Facebook page that they will not be playing any new songs from Lugal Ki En on its album release tour because, "We didn't have time to practice as a band." Also noting that most of the members live in a different State in the U.S. However, after the album release tour, Joel Omans left the band very frustrated, stating on his personal Facebook that Lucas, "didn't learn the new songs from Lugal Ki En" which hindered any new material from being played live, at the same time damaging the reputation of his former bandmate, thus triggering an online backlash against Lucas Mann.[6] 2 weeks later Miles Dimitri Baker jumped in as the band's new guitarist. On April 2, 2015, the band released a live playthrough of the song "Godless Times" in response to the allegations.[7] 6 months later the band toured with a setlist that mainly consisted of Lugal Ki En songs. As of now, "Senseless Massacre", "Infused", "Fractal Intake", "Natural Selection", "Beckon", "Godless Times" and "Unsympathetic Intellect" remain the only songs that have ever been played live from the album. "Desolate Paradise", "Lalassu Xul", "Eviscerate", "The Heavens Have Fallen", and "No Pity for a Coward" (Suicide Silence cover) have not yet been played live from the album.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Senseless Massacre"3:34
2."Desolate Paradise"3:25
3."Lalassu Xul"3:39
4."Infused" (featuring Rusty Cooley)3:21
5."Fractal Intake" (Interlude)0:40
6."Natural Selection"3:54
7."Beckon"3:28
8."Godless Times"3:32
9."Unsympathetic Intellect"4:06
10."Eviscerate"4:27
11."The Heavens Have Fallen" (instrumental)6:51
12."No Pity for a Coward" (Suicide Silence cover)3:30
Total length:44:34

Personnel[edit]

Rings of Saturn

  • Ian Bearer – vocals
  • Lucas Mann – guitars, bass, synths
  • Joel Omans – guitars

Additional personnel

  • Aaron Kitcher – drums
  • Rusty Cooley – guest solo on "Infused"
  • Brette Ciamarra – production
  • Mark Cooper – artwork

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 126
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[10] 27
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[11] 12
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[12] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucas Mann (6 October 2014). "Rings of Saturn – Lugal Ki En *Official Full Length Album Stream 2014*" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  3. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-1023-charts-are-pretty-witchin
  4. ^ "Rings of Saturn - "Lugal Ki En" - Unique Leader Records". 1 July 2014.
  5. ^ Lucas Mann (13 August 2014). "RINGS OF SATURN - SENSELESS MASSACRE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/drama/former-rings-of-saturn-guitarist-calls-lucas-mann-a-hack-of-a-musician
  7. ^ http://www.metalsucks.net/2015/04/07/rings-of-saturn-guitarists-attempt-to-prove-they-can-play-their-instruments/
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SWzRN23w8s
  9. ^ "Rings of Saturn Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rings of Saturn Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Rings of Saturn Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Rings of Saturn Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2017.