Bart M. : Satori Junk was founded in Milan in 2012, their goal is to draw the listener into a different dimension with their fuzzy riffs and classical seventies influences. After a demo and several live performances they released their eponymous, first album. And finally its successor has arrived, and it is called 'The Golden Dwarf'!
After the intro the album sets off with the desolate beginning of 'All Gods Die', after which Satori Junk creates a heavy, psychedelic doom atmosphere. One heavy riff after the other is sent into the listener's brain, all the while guided by the melancholic vocals of Luke Von Fuzz. With these riffs and vocals, and a bunch of unpredictable sound effects, you will very soon get the idea that you have been transported into some kind of wonderland, the kind that Lewis Caroll created for Alice decades ago. The heavy sounds keep on coming and make you feel totally at ease as you plunge down into the rabbit hole, even though the organ makes everything a little awkward and spooky. And so we move down, deeper and deeper into the abyss, but at no point do you feel alarmed because it all feels so good. So comfortable. And warm. 'The Golden Dwarf' is a supernatural adventure with a pleasant surprise waiting around each corner, an unexpected twist that gives this story an extra dimension. These are lengthy songs, but I assure you that each bit is interesting and captivating.
Eventually, after a long and confusing journey, we arrive at 'The Golden Dwarf', a beautiful song that is clearly based on Black Sabbath's 'Black Sabbath', but Satori Junk manages to give an even doomier and darker vibe to their rendition of this classic song. I would even say creepy because of the added synthesizer effects. After this initial part we are cast into another downward (or is it upward? I shouldn't have drunk that potion!) spiral that manages to take all the stoner, doom and Sabbath ingredients and make it into something original. This sounds a lot like a Black Sabbath medley, and a very good one at that!
The album closes with a cover, The Doors' 'Light My Fire'. I have heard some pretty decent covers lately but every once in a while you will find one that surpasses the original. Oh dear, what is he saying? Yes, it happens, and this one surely is one of them. Maybe it is because of my preference for slow, heavy music or perhaps I have heard the original a couple times too many, but most probably it is because Satori Junk gives its own, wonderful twist to this tribute. I have no idea what the subliminal message at the end says, but it is probably something along the lines of: "It's fun to take a trip."
'The Golden Dwarf' is what you get when you take the virgin Abysmal Grief and have her conceive a baby with an experienced guy like Electric Wizard, while during the pregnancy taking copious amounts of LSD. While listening to Acid Witch.