I the Mighty
Satori


4.5
superb

Review

by paradox1216 EMERITUS
May 4th, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mind-numbinbly catchy and intelligent debut from a refreshing young band.

When a band takes steps to bring their sound closer to the mainstream, accusations of the band "selling out" and "losing their personality" are often leveled. And often, they're correct - creative bands with promise are snatched up by labels who squeeze them into a preexisting mold to attempt to market them more easily, and it usually doesn't work. When I the Mighty signed to Equal Vision, their first EP for the label was a marked departure from the progressive rock sound of their debut, but the catchy post-hardcore edge it brought was just as potent, if not more so. Much like the approach Circa Survive took with "Blue Sky Noise", the more straightforward tunes cut out the fat and retain most of the band's melodic personality. The band's first ever full-length album, "Satori", takes this formula and refines it to craft more varied and memorable songs with intense production and talented vocals to back them up, creating one of the best debuts of its genre in quite some time.

The album's first track "Speak to Me" kicks off the proceedings with frenzied screaming, a first for the band which only serves to highlight the song's themes of bitterness and regret. Instead of luring the listener in with their familiar sounds, they start with alienation, which is a fantastic way to really bring out the power of the song. It might not mean as much for first time listeners of the band, but it's a good example of the attention to detail on display. And it's not the only mind-blowing moment on the album - the hypnotic duets of "Four Letter Words", the jumpy acoustic rhythms of "Occupatience", and the soaring chorus of "Embers" stick out among many others. But the songcraft is so impressive that the whole album will give you earworms, and the record rarely reaches any slow points or dead songs.

Brent Walsh is front and center here, with his soothing, diverse, and intense vocals. Satori's lyrics take a turn towards mostly being about the cliché concepts of breakups and failed love, but Walsh's lyrics are so well-written and dynamic that the topics are as interesting and relatable as if a close friend was discussing them with you. The rest of the band doesn't stand idly in the background - the bass comfortably holds its own, the musings of guitarist Ian Pedigo are almost as likely to be stuck in your head as the vocals attached to them, and the drums play interestingly intricate parts that go far above and beyond the call of duty for the rhythmically simple songs they accompany.

"Satori" takes what "Karma Never Sleeps" did right and does it better and smarter. It's a mind-numbingly catchy and intelligent modern post-hardcore record. It's not crazily original or daunting in any way, but it's well-produced, well-written, admirably performed, and full of personality. Given the bland direction the rest of the genre is heading in, it's refreshing to see a young band carving out a sound for themselves while also remaining simple and accessible, and hopefully this is just the first great record of many to come.



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paradox1216
Emeritus
May 3rd 2014


730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I might have overscored this a bit for personal reasons. It sounds cheesy to say this album was "there for me", especially when it wasn't for any reason involving a breakup or any of the album's lyrical themes, but I spun this a lot during my bleak summer.



Still, amazing record from a promising band.

Diamondize
May 4th 2014


1367 Comments


I'm seeing these guys tomorrow. Really enjoyed their EP, hoping to pick this up at the show.

paradox1216
Emeritus
May 4th 2014


730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah, if you enjoyed the EP you'll love this.

YourCoinsMyPurse
May 4th 2014


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would like this album a lot more if the rest of the album were like Speak to Me and Between the Lines. The singer is pretty talented though.

Azn.
May 4th 2014


5632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

noice review



pos'd



didn't really enjoy this release a whole lot though, although I'll admit there were pretty good moments here and there; I think I'm just not that impressed by this style of music anymore

pepster50
May 4th 2014


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

love this album !

Ecnalzen
May 4th 2014


8228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only heard a few songs from this when it came out. I'll have to give it a proper go soon.



Nice write up.

BrushedRed
May 5th 2014


3023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd. This band rulez. Reminds me some of The Dear Hunter.

MonotoneMop
May 5th 2014


573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Album was alright, but not nearly as good as We Speak. I like each release less and less from these guys.

paradox1216
Emeritus
May 9th 2014


730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just got to see them for the second time yesterday, it was pretty great and the band themselves are great guys

LotusFlower
September 11th 2016


12001 Comments


this album is pretty fun

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2016


26484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best live bands left in the scene.

Ebola
November 17th 2016


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It astounds me how good this album is every single time I listen to it.

"One of the best live bands left in the scene." [2]

Have seen them twice; they were outstanding both times.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2017


8940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is catchy as fuuuuuuuck

bloc
September 11th 2018


55050 Comments


Wow this is pretty damn solid

Digging: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

WatchItExplode
September 11th 2018


6546 Comments


for sure...I avoided it for a long time because I though these guys were Icarus the Owl and they annoy me

Karma Never Sleeps is good too.

bloc
September 11th 2018


55050 Comments


Haha word that band annoys me too. I actually thought this album was part of that mid to late 2000s post-hardcore/punk pop scene so I avoided em.

GreyShadow
October 18th 2018


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

A: Speak to Me, Between The Lines, Occupatience, The Frame II, Four Letter Words

B+: Echoes, The Quick Fix, Artful Temptress, Embers

B: A Spoonful of Shallow, Ivy, Some Say It's Your Loss, Failures

Digging: La Dispute - Panorama

AgentDeathbat
November 15th 2018


9777 Comments


Best hard rock breakup album of the 2010s. Really helped me through some shit.

AgentDeathbat
February 15th 2019


9777 Comments


YOU CAN'T PLAY INNOCENT



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