Saturday, June 07, 2014

Review: Sadhak - Sadhak

Sadhak is the one man project of Andreas Hagen. As mysteriously as it came into existence, Sadhak could be as recently formed as 2013, or older than any of Andreas' other bands. The only thing that we know is who is the sole member, and that a self-titled demo recently crept into the world on the ancient format of cassette. 

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Release Date: March 25, 2014
  1. On the Arrival of Man
  2. The Perfection of Wisdom
Total Playtime: 18 minutes, 07 seconds




Rating: 9.0/10




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Sadhak is the one man project of Andreas Hagen. As mysteriously as it came into existence, Sadhak could be as recently formed as 2013, or older than any of Andreas' other bands. The only thing that we know is who is the sole member, and that a self-titled demo recently crept into the world on the ancient format of cassette.

With a morose atmosphere that's completed by a misty, ethereal production on the instruments and vocals, one would be hard pressed to not find some sullen comfort within Sadhak. Even though both tracks are very similar in sound, there's something soul-touching about the material that refuses to let the listener go even after multiple plays. The compositions cause the content to feel elongated and dreamy, as each guitar strum, drum beat and sung lyric are slow and drawn out enough to induce a trance-like state; in reality, the album doesn't actually crawl along at all but time seems to slow down, if not outright stop, when played.

Sadhak is made all the more haunting with the use of conflicting frets and picking patterns; most of the strings involved are the low E, D and G strings all along diminished chords. The unhurried pace of the tracks easily relaxes the audience, and the Electric Wizard style vocals carry the mind to untouched galaxies with their psychedelically echoed embodiment. The second song, "The Perfection of Wisdom", is less drawn out than it's predecessor by the use of chords over picking, but still provokes the same melancholic emotions.

Though the only true feature that defines one track from the next is that "The Perfection of Wisdom" has a slightly faster pace and favors full chords, Sadhak manages to make a huge impact on the listener in it's short duration. Fans of Electric Wizard will almost certainly appreciate this material, as will other fans of dark doom and mind-crushing stoner metal. Hopefully in the very near future we will get a deeper glimpse into the world of Sadhak, but until then play this gem until you wear out the cassette.

Digital Download Provided by: Clawhammer PR

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