Tuesday, 7 April 2020

I Saw The Deep - Vimana (EP Review)

Release date: February 7th `2020. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Vimana – Tracklisting

1.Vimana 05:35
2.Villain 06:25
3.Revolution 04:08
4.Only The Eye 06:31
5.Titans 05:56


Domenico San Giorgi: Drums
Niels Budel: Bass & Vocals
Darrell Laclé: Vocals, Guitars & Theremin


Vimana is the new record from Progressive Sludge/Stoner Rockers – I Saw The Deep – and it’s their first album in 8 years. I loved these guys debut album which was released way back in 2012 and I thought the band had split-up. As they’ve never released anything since then. Fast forward 8 years later and the band have recently released Vimana.

The EP is a Progressive and Complex journey into the realm of Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal and has quite a Mastodon vibe on certain parts of the album. What makes this EP standout is I Saw The Deep adding a classic style of Grunge to their Progressive Sound. The lyrics are quite intellectual and thought-provoking in places and have a “Sci-Fi” feel to them.

The 5 songs on offer go through a wide range of different musical emotions and challenges that I Saw The Deep first showed on their debut album Astronavigation. This EP has more riffs and draws influences as diverse as Mastodon, Alice In Chains and MUSE. The band go all out with their creative ideas on this EP and the whole thing is superbly entertaining from start to finish.

My favourite songs on the EP are: Villain, Only The Eye and Titans. As the band add a deeply rich Psychedelic and Progressive sound on these songs and the band go off a slightly warped journey of their own that feels slightly out of place but still allowing the listener to be part of the action, even if you don’t know what it’s going on around you.

The instrumental work is quite frantic in places but still remaining universally excellent from start to finish.

The production of the EP has been kept in-house with Darrell LaclĂ© not content being part of the band but also handling production duties as well. I believe that Darrell did a similar role for I Saw The Deep’s debut album. So it’s no surprise that this EP sounds even better than their debut album with a more heavier and cinematic sound which sounds superb throughout.

I’m hoping we don’t have to wait another 8 yeas for the next I Saw The Deep release. As Vimana is an exciting slice of Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal that offers a challenging listen but one remains superbly entertaining from start to finish.

Words by Steve Howe