Montreal’s exceptional Yamantaka // Sonic Titan describes itself as “Noh-wave.” But is it really prog-rock? Heavy metal? Pop? Towering experimentalism wrapped in extravagant performance? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. In the same relentlessly affirmative vein, that’s exactly what you’ll say to this triumphant cacophony. Choirs loom on the horizon. Guitar riffs rend themselves to pieces. Women sing of impending death from the tops of mountains. Melody, space, time, blood—and that’s just the first track of 2018’s Dirt. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan crafts music for imagined anime operas that have yet to been animated. Based in Montreal and composed of a revolving cast that is always open to and hoping for change, this band and its music can never truly sit still. Deeply referential and rewarding of repeat listens yet perfectly accessible even the first time, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is a beast of brutality and ecstasy, barely tamed and totally thrilling.
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