On their 2012 debutYamantaka // Sonic Titan worked out a powerful combination of prog, stoner metal, and no wave, somehow managing to match the lofty concepts of their band. Co-founders Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B expressed aspects of their Asian and Anglo descent (both visually and audibly) and released an album that was a part of a yet-unfinished opera, the music itself inspired and led by this high-concept business, but never dominated by it. That ability to present a unique identity without sinking too far into it and losing accessibility, to walk the line between their ideas and their various genre inspirations, is less apparent on followup UZU. The newly expanded outfit leans more heavily on their prog rock influences, losing some of the distinctions and dichotomies that made their debut so powerful.

Release Date
August 21, 2012
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