Artist - Satya Graha
8 Song CD - Lil' Buckaroo Productions
Review by John Townsend
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It is refreshing to hear a group of musicians who can not only play but who seem to have an expanded musical awareness beyond their peers. It is understandable that Satya Graha (Soul Force) is getting air play on several cuts from their CD titled "Under The Skin". They have a repertoire of well crafted songs and a sound collective vision about their music. Songs like 'Reel' and 'Pony Up' will rock you and 'Lunar Dreams' has a subtle mystical attraction. I enjoyed their use effects. Things like backwards melodic instruments on the intro to 'Birds', I haven't heard as tastefully done since the Beatles. They have a great collaboration of singers and writers that includes B.B. Mayes, David Vella and Anna Bensch. Satya Graha has the ability to cross over into a number of genres which should serve them well in the marketplace. It's a great sounding album that takes you on a journey within and without. This group is a force to be reckoned with and I wouldn't hesitate recommending the Satya Graha CD highly.
Artist: Star of Tragedy
The band, Star Of Tragedy, has several things going for it that could ultimately get them where they want to go. They have some good songs, they aren't afraid to explore a little and they can rock and roll when the tune calls for it. I think the cuts 'Come Clean', 'Freedom Fades' and 'Left Alone' would be viable in the Rock radio format.
Their CD arrived with the heading Demos scrawled on the cover with a large Sharpie, so I'm being gentle in the area of production. S.O.T. at some near point however, needs to find a really good production team or a first class recording engineer that has "been there and done that" in order to get them to the next level. Starr Raven seems to be the primary vocalist on the CD and she does a good all around job. Aaron, a recent acquisition, sings the last cut on this CD, 'She Lied To Me'. I think his addition is going to elevate the whole vocal scheme of the group by adding some much needed variety. When critiquing demos, I'm generally much less judgmental but I think SOT is on the right track. I'd like to hear something from them again in say.....6 months, after they've had some time to gel with this new alignment.