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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

YT//ST

Paper Bag Records

Yt//St - Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Album Review

I think it's pretty safe to say that no one else is doing what Yamantaka//Sonic Titan is doing. The duo of Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B straddle the line between East and West influences; both musically and personally, being Japanese-Scottish and Chinese-Irish, respectively. Ambitious doesn't even begin to describe the lofty goals Yamantaka//Sonic Titan has set out to achieve. We're not just talking about some simple formula that yields a J-Pop-style fusion of cultural sounds - that's just the tip of the iceberg. Try throwing in black metal, British prog-rock, Japanese psychedelia, punk rock, Iroquois core and Chinese Opera and that about sums up the parts that go into the complex self-titled album that this band has concocted.

Yamantaka//Sonic Titan have coined their own genre called Noh-Wave as a result of this melting pot of genre-blending. And you best believe they deliver on every facet of what they promise on this album. You might not be familiar with the details of every song on the record, but it's hard not to respect and appreciate the pair's ability to combine all these sounds together and produce a product that's innovative and interesting.

And we haven't even gotten to the theatrical aspect of the band yet. Costumes, elaborate stage set-ups and often times even a Chinese dragon that appears in the audience - Yamantaka//Sonic Titan leave no stone unturned in their very thoughtfully put together image and sound. And surely, all bands carefully consider the same things, but again, no one is doing exactly what this band is doing and to some, that's unique and to others, that's strange and unfamiliar - but this is an album completely worth familiarizing yourself with. Interestingly enough, the band has said that this album is merely a teaser to the grandiose works that are still in the works and if that's the case, we better brace ourselves.