I The Mighty
Satori


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
June 8th, 2013 | 78 replies | 16,143 views


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You wont get by alone.

I The Mighty burst onto the scene early last year with their second ep Karma Never Sleeps. Although this ep had one of the more cringe inducing titles in recent memory, the quality of the six songs presented were arguably six of the best songs to be released that year. Here was a band sans any legitimate releases, producing one of the best eps of 2012. So with expectations higher than the band could have ever imagined, I The Mighty entered the studio to craft their debut full length release, seemingly with a spiteful ending to a relationship hanging over the head of lead vocalist Brent Walsh. This anger and frustration rears its head on nearly every single track, as Satori surpasses all expectations forced upon this young band, culminating in one of the best releases yet to be heard this year.

“Speak To Me” first greets listeners; a track that is heavy and gentle, huge and diminutive all at the same time, creating one of the more aggressive and overall better tracks on Satori. Harsh vocals find themselves playing a larger role than in past releases, as tracks such as previously mentioned “Speak To Me” and “Some Say It’s Your Loss” prominently display this quasi-new outlet of frustration. Through this proliferation of harsh vocals and anger, a theme is made apparent: Walsh is one pissed off young man. Whether it be at a despondently failed relationship (nearly every track), or at the incompetent society he finds himself forced to exist with (“The Quick Fix”), Walsh seems to have had a sudden enlightenment on his current surroundings and relationships. Satori progresses in this heated manner without pause with “Failures” and “Some Say It’s Your Loss”, displaying an uncharacteristically mature I The Mighty putting everything they have into a record they understood to be a make or break album in their still developing career.

As to be expected, the comforting yet driving vocals of Walsh are present in full, but the rest of the band lives up to their lofty expectations consistently through these 13 tracks. Drummer Blake Dahlinger is as on point as could possibly be imagined, crafting complicated drum patterns and placing immaculate fills at the perfect moment track in and track out. Guitarists Ian Pedigo and Walsh keep listeners guessing with intricate leads and driving choruses. While virtually every song is rigidly structured, every song will keep listeners guessing with innumerable quirks and minutiae sprinkled in without restraint.

With such an explosive beginning, Satori inevitably drags on in places in the middle of the record. But as this is to be expected from a debut full length, I The Mighty seems to have the presence of mind to pick the record back up during its tedious valleys, nowhere more evident than the transition between “Occupatience” and “A Spoonful of Shallow Makes Your Head an Empty Space”, the former, while being a valiant attempt at a change of pace, falls nearly flat upon its own face. “A Spoonful of Shallow Makes Your Head an Empty Space” picks up the pace of the record again after a deluge of mediocre tracks, boasting some of Walsh’s most ambitious vocals. Likewise, album closer “The Quick Fix” features motivated vocals coupled with a biting message to just about anyone who will listen to this record.

Containing subtle (and so subtle) throwbacks to their previous ep, it is apparent that I The Mighty has hit upon a style that is entirely becoming of their talent level. The entirety of these 13 tracks are devoid of any sort of technicality or novel concepts, but what Satori lacks in technical prowess, it makes up for in pure passion and honesty. Save a few tracks in the middle of the record that linger longer than they should, I The Mighty have created an impeccable album, an album that will undoubtedly propel this young band to bigger and better things.



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So this streamed today. Really is a great record, as to be expected. So help me out with any mistakes. This one was kind of rushed, as i just started a new job that takes up wayyyy too much of my time. I hope this is still up to par

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also Speak To Me is such a jam

Acanthus
June 7th 2013



9537 Comments


Liked the Karma EP, should give this a go too I guess.

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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is just as good, if not better than the ep

Cygnatti
June 7th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Modern post hardcore just annoys me now. Don't think I should bother with this one.

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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Ponton
Emeritus
June 7th 2013



5784 Comments


sounds good

MuhNamesTyler
June 7th 2013



3697 Comments


That last single was kinda blah, glad to hear this is good

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last single is one of my least favorite tracks on this.

Calc
June 7th 2013



11983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

got the the shitty leak of this and all the songs i heard sounded the same.

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://altpress.com/features/entry/album_premiere_i_the_mighty_satori


Ecnalzen
June 7th 2013



6398 Comments


First song isn't too shabby. I don't think I have heard of this band before.

MuhNamesTyler
June 7th 2013



3697 Comments


"The last single is one of my least favorite tracks on this."

Sweet and Pos'd

Ecnalzen
June 7th 2013



6398 Comments


This kind of sounds like what I imagine Pierce the Veil would sound like if I didn't hate the sound of their vocalist.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've honestly neve listened to pierce the veil..

MuhNamesTyler
June 7th 2013



3697 Comments


I got in to their last album for like 2 days

elbaliem
June 7th 2013



844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I've honestly never listened to pierce the
veil.." really?you should check them out.

Ecnalzen
June 7th 2013



6398 Comments


Collide with the Sky, right? I liked it for a week or two, and then it just grew off me faster than anything I have ever had that happen with. Definitely wish I hadn't bought it now.

Musically, PTV isn't too bad (it's mostly the lyrics and clean vocals that ended up bothering me), and these guys kind of remind me of them. Well, at least with their last album since that's all I have heard.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should probably check then out then lol

elbaliem
June 8th 2013



844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed with ecnalzen.but i prefer a flair to the dramatic than collide to the sky



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