|Groove Metal, Noise Rock, Sludge
January 1st, 2015
Release length: 37:53
Fans of the Noise Rock genre will find a lot of familiar ground within Sata Kaskelottia. Much of the material is reminiscent of modern day legends like Rabbits and Arabrot, but with varying degrees of a unique sound among the nine tracks. “Huuto” has a heavier groove-laced Sludge Metal foundation with a strong eighties Hard Rock presence in the chorus complete with fast tambourines. The rougher vocal approach, however, lends a little more to the rock side, as well as comes through as if the latter of those two group’s vocalist, Kjetil Nernes, happens to be involved.
A lot of that, especially the mistaken vocal identity, can be said for the slower paced “Yo On Ohi”. The shouting vocals with a hint of studio effect takes the Finnish lyrics to an edgier plain as the infectious grooves and subtle Southern atmosphere, ly in the guitar solo around three minutes in, hammering an intoxicating rhythm into your skull that is fairly soothing despite the anger contained within. “Suljn Heen Samurai”, however, just isn’t that aggressive, though the vocals really try to make it seem that way. It isn’t a bad performance overall, but the infectious bass riffs and sudden bursts of faster riffs are what manage to really save the otherwise relatively bland Hardcore Punk performance.
But there are some tracks that seem to deviate from the band’s established norm on this release. “Veden Alle” is a far more melodic experience, though some passages do still rely on heavy grooves. Even the distorted shouting is replaced with clean singing, taking on an odd mixture of eighties Rock with traces of Alice in Chains style atmospheres. “Jumalan Aani” tackles that same infectious Hard Rock sound “Huuto” had, replacing the tambourine this time around with richer cymbal crashes and upbeat hooks that sound like they are torn from a Japanese Punk Rock group. And then there’s “Kynto”, which doesn’t have that group’s grungier sound, instead taking on more of a simpler Post-Rock influence with chord progressions that come off like basic Djent.
Sata Kaskelottia makes for an interesting new addition to the Hard/Noise Rock scene by utilizing a number of styles to convey a tightly honed sound unique to this group most of the time. The problem is that not every track really stands out as a flawless composition, and at times treads a bit too far into territory that is commonplace, having little to differentiate with other legends within the field like Arabrot. Does that make their self-titled debut album bad? Not at all. If anything it just shows some room for growth. The direction is there and grasped well enough this time around, but given a little more maturity, Sata Kaskelottia may very well end up changing the game just enough to usher in a new wave to the style as a whole. But, for now, if you love heavy guitars, infectious grooves, and the oft emotional or atmospheric performance, Sata Kaskelottia is an album that not only is worth checking out, but starts 2015 off with a nice little kick in the ass.
01. Huuto – 2:51
02. Yo on Ohi – 4:34
03. Ikuturso – 4:04
04. Veden Alle – 4:46
05. Kynto – 6:31
06. Suljetun Huoneen Samurai – 2:26
07. Jumalan Aani – 3:15
08. Kansalainen Zombie – 3:43
09. Merimies – 5:43
|Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10