Review: Sikasa – Karma
1. Fall Again
Date: November 5, 2019
A friendly advice for starters: You are performing way too good music for such a lazy promotion! Fact! Seriously, finishing the presentation of the project basically at the very beginning? One information I’ve managed to find is that this is a one-man project from Croatia. Literally, I had to find that information, as the band has failed even to provide that. The music is way better and is dangerously close to being totally neglected just because of the complete lack of effort in promoting it. Do something about it right now! Don’t even finish reading the review, just go deal with the bigger issue.
OK, let’s proceed. “Karma” is as much of a Metal release as it is not. Simply calling it music doesn’t quite work either as you would have no idea what is in store here. There is no simple way to explain the EP, as it is a combination of genres which will likely fail to be adequately sorted. Still, if you abandon the effort of putting it in a certain drawer, you will come across a well-thought and masterfully executed product of a young entity on the scene. Allow me to bring out a number of names which might serve as focal points in your understanding of this recording. Sikasa has a melancholic vibe of Opeth and a certain mixture of atmospheric and strong Death Metal features, among which the former gets more credit. At moments we have some oriental acoustic parts reminiscent of the latest album by Bosnians Silent Kingdom. Vocals have a tendency to go in a ‘grungy’ direction where the music follows with a harsher version of Alice in Chains. Skillful use of saxophone reminds me of early works by Consecration from Serbia, especially when it is complemented by a deep wall of sound created by the guitars and bass. The final track brings some connotations with Rotting Christ at their mid phase, with those ritual, chorus vocals. At one particular moment I felt a definite Pink Floyd aura when the acoustic guitar and keyboards took the spotlight.
I’m sure this is an incredibly difficult task to combine in your heads. I had to split these elements apart for the sake of the review, but combined together they gather a strong impact on the emotional side of the listener. Now, this EP might just need a bit more of consistency, as the tracks stray from one another, sometimes a bit too much. As this is a debut release and Sikasa definitely decided to bite on a very big slice of an apple, I’m willing to look past the minor shortcomings. Speaking of those, production work could have been better too, as the sound is too ‘empty’ sometimes. Still, it is far from a complete misfire. It does provide a clear insight into a very complex piece of music.
I’m going out on a limb here to declare that the fans of above mentioned bands are certainly not closed-minded persons. Taking that into consideration, I think Sikasa has a decent chance of gaining a lot of attention. I’m keeping my ears wide open for the next output. Something tell me it is not around the corner, but I am prepared to wait. Good job!