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Samadhi The Finest of Sorrow


1. Empty Image Broken Glass 2. Sincerely Yours 3. 12:07 4. Looks Like Fall 5. April's Love Note
2002 Tribunal Records
Our score 5

2/2/2003

When I first heard (or rather read) the name Samadhi, other outfits with middle-eastern names such as Ramallah and the obscure Hassan I Sabbah came to mind, giving me a rough idea of what Samadhi would probably sound like. What's funny was that I was right. And although this certainly isn't a bad thing in and of itself, "The Finest of Sorrow" turned out to be the fairly average, run-of-the-mill "hardcore with a twinge of metal" album I was hoping it wouldn't be. The end result is a record that is tolerable but, alas, not very memorable. The effort begins with "Empty Image Broken Glass," certainly the most appealing song on the EP. For an opening track, the guys in Samadhi couldn't have chosen a better song, though it's a downhill ride from there. The riffs are catchy, the drumming is upbeat and forceful (if not a little slow), and the vocals are very "tough-guy." In fact, if the rest of the album had been made in this fashion, this EP would surely have been much more enjoyable. But, because there's an inordinate amount singing and light guitar work juxtaposed alongside more crushing riffs and beats, the whole thing comes off as awkward and ill planned. "Sincerely Yours" and "12:07" are the epitome of that awkwardness as the singing is almost atrocious. Furthermore, the guitar and drumming itself is rather banal and drab, dragging the listener farther into the bleak and boring musical hole-of-Calcutta. The last two tracks, "Looks Like Fall" and "April's Love Note" despite the hackneyed song titles, desperately try to redeem the previous two songs, but to no avail. They're heavy and hard, to be sure, but nothing short of a brutal onslaught could've saved this EP. For me, two major flaws made the listening experience unpleasant. The first is the aforementioned lack of fluidity due to the clumsy arrangement of hard and soft parts throughout, the second being the extremely weak lyrical content. I mean, honestly, my little sister could write better lyrics. Now, I don't want to be too harsh, but there just doesn't appear to be any emotion (or point) present in any of these songs. Bottom Line: Although Samadhi are heading in the right direction, this album is still a bit mediocre. I was surprised that I'd never heard of these guys when I got around to reviewing this album since it had been out for a few months, but now I can see why there is so little hype pertaining to their debut release. However, the one highlight of this album is that even though "The Finest of Sorrow" is a far cry from exceptional, they were able to pull this whole effort off with a lone guitarist (minus a few over-dubbed parts), an impressive feat considering that the music sounds as full and heavy as any other dual guitarist outfit. And assuming that Samadhi stick around and don't break up anytime soon, I expect their next effort will be much more mature and unique than this EP. Until then...

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Ravi Star_ 5/10/2005 10:51:50 PM

Samadhi is actually an Indian word.