Jatasura is one of the promising bands I have been following for some time, listened to all their previous releases; Shifting (2021), Falling (2021), and Nothing (2021). Although I keep addressing Jatasura as a band, the project is actually a one-man show, belongs to a respected artist, multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitars, bass, percussions), composer, arranger, and producer Bruno Maremonti.
I always believed and mentioned in my reviews that Jatasura has the necessary quality in their musical origins, and their latest release Sick is apparently their far best-sounding song with the most established sound character so far. I can easily hear improvements in Jatasura’s both technical and musical side, things are getting better and better every time they make a new release. In this way, Sick not only has got the industry standards in its recording and mix, but also makes an impact on the listener only with its solid sound.
The fact is, the mix has the characteristics of modern metal such as powerful dynamics, massive energy, drop-tuned guitars, both growling and clean melodic vocals, and so on. However, after listening to the song, you also realize that all these decisions were supported by an idea, instead of trying to sound like everyone else. Drop tuned guitars from the 2000s nu-metal, riffs from the 90s groove metal, energy and vibe from Limp Bizkit, and vocals from Deftones. I am more than satisfied with the outcome, impossible not to get impressed by the progress. There are so many great-sounding modern bands out there, yet in this specific nu-metalcore genre, Sick is one of the few best-sounding songs I have listened to for some time.
The song caught my full attention with its Dimebag spirit in its guitar parts. You feel like you’re hearing one of Dimebag Darrell‘s indestructible riffs (especially on 2:33) from time to time, and the nostalgia gives you chills. This song has all of these styles in one composition, crafted in a modern and progressive way. Compared to previous releases, it has a solid blend with fantastic grooves, atmosphere, energy, and dynamics, has influences from the 90s groove, grunge and alternative metal, 2000s nu-metal, and modern metalcore/progressive metal (more specifically, Limp Bizkit, Alice in Chains, Pantera, and Deftones) from the beginning. It sounded special for me for two reasons above everything else; focuses only on the strengths of the band and has the most established Jatasura style so far.