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SATORI

Flower Travellin' Band

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.81 | 87 ratings

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Luqueasaur
3 stars Less metal more Hendrix Black Sabbath: 7/10

While not nearly as heavy as BLACK SABBATH, SATORI is in many ways comparable to the band. Through Hideki Ishima's astounding guitar work, infused with psychedelic distortion and bluesy riffs, we can see an echo of Tommy Iommi; Jhun Kowzuki's accompanying rumbling bass is similar to Butler's and Joe's vocals in many moments try to mimic Ozzy's grated and loud singing style. In many moments Joe succeeds. In fact, in many moments, SATORI succeeds in mimicking BLACK SABBATH. But they also succeed in being disparate from the British band: Flower Travellin' Band is far more raw, psychedelic and blues-rooted and the guitar is vital within the album.

Don't let SATORI's length fool you: this album is hardly anything other than a compilation of powerful riffs and blues- orientated jams. Parts 1 and 2 sounds dark and apocalyptic, Part 3 is more atmospheric, Part 4 is more playful and rhythmic with astoundingly great riffs and pinnacling vocal performance by Joe and, lastly, Part 5 demonstrate some bits of jazzy influences.

The bluesy, psychedelic and distorted style of FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND with their simple - but anthemic - metallic riffs are great to listen to, but offer very little (if any) progressive quality. Given the nature of ProgArchives, I'll have to deduct a few points from my final rating due to that but, nonetheless, it's safe to say that SATORI is still worthy of a spin.

Luqueasaur | 3/5 |

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