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SAKARA FORGETTING WHAT WAS REVIEW 2014

 

SAKARA - FORGETTING WHAT WAS

PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT

MAY 27 2014

 

 

Add a little grunge angst to your basic Stoner Metal template and stir in a little shoe-gazery sweetness and Progressive Metal atmospherics before garnishing with a handful of Alt-Rock crunch and that’s just the taste we get from the first song ‘Jonah’.

 

Sakara on one hand aren’t anything stunningly new, but there’s an approach and a passion there that allows them to go their own way – now that can lead to the interesting, the powerful of the banal depending on the roll of the dice.

 

Songs like ‘Headlines’ are great ideas and have a certain power to then but they just don’t grip you sufficiently to hold your attention over similar songs on hundreds of similar releases.  If I’m perfectly honest this is my sort of thing though, I love the sound the band has managed to capture, so I hope that doesn’t sound too critical as it’s not meant to be, it’s just that some of the songs aren’t fully formed yet. ‘Standing My Grounds’ has a little hint of TPOH about it, given a Metal sheen and it works (but did it really need those growls?).

 

On an album of highs and lows the band gets high marks for throwing in the kitchen sink but rather less for knowing when to take it out that I hope comes in time because there is enough force of will on here to suggest that Sakara has plenty more in the Think Tank…

 

On tracks like the wonderful ‘From Ashes’ and ‘The Hunger’ you know this band has it in them to take on the world.

 

SAKARA
Dan O’Brien: Vocals, Guitar
Cody Bryden: Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Joe Rogers: Bass, Programming
Mike Bilodeau: Drums
https://www.facebook.com/SakaraMusic

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

SAKARA FORGETTING WHAT WAS REVIEW 2014