Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Yt//St [Review]


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan debut album “Yt//St” was one of those albums that quietly came out in late 2011.
Made it at #48 for the “Best of 2011 Canadian Albums“.
As a rising band of 2012 they are starting to somewhat make a big impact thanks in part to Pitchfork.
Their debut album is already making waves on the blogosphere and even their live shows are creating buzz, I was lucky enough to happened to see them live back in 2010 at Pop Montreal and the experience was indescribable.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan @ Redbird
With a band name like Yamantaka // Sonic Titan , as you would expect, Yt//Ts is an insanely complex and intense progress rock/noise wave album but with an unique twist to it.
On some of their tracks, for example Hoshi Neko and Reverse Crystal // Murder of a Spider, they surprisingly sing in Japanese.
Parts of the album sound like they could have been inspired by the Anime movie “Akira” and Japanese bands like X-Japan, Glay (somewhat) and Judy & Mary.
Overall I was blown away with the pure mastery of sound on the album.
Definitely different and not the norm when it comes to the music scene in Canada.

Best tracks:

  • Queens
  • Oak of Guernica
  • Reverse Crystal // Murder of a Spider
  • Hoshi Neko
  • A Star Over Pureland
  • Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees

I’d give Yt//St a 9.5/10.

I am giving away the Polaris Music Prize Shortlisted album on vinyl.
If you want to win a copy simply comment on the bottom your name and email.
One lucky winner will get this lovely LP.
This ends on August 20th.
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Comments

  1. Nick

    Nice review! YT//ST is such a unique project; it’s great to see them getting such positive reactions. Best of luck to them on Sept. 24!

  2. Trisha

    Nice to see Yamantaka // Sonic Titan getting some love. Thank you for the contest, Ming. Also, pick me!

  3. Sara P.

    YT/ST! now I know what you’re talking about 🙂
    Thanks for last night’s photos and all your photos documenting the Ottawa music scene, they are gold.

  4. mynameismoe

    From what I’ve heard so far, I definitely got an ‘Akira’ vibe!

    One of the bands I definitely regret missing while at Sappyfest.
    I was there, just .. not at their set. Dang, need a working cloning machine!

    -mynameismoe(at)gmail

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