Sadhak is the side band of High Priest of Saturn's Andreas Hagen, and their self-titled debut is actually just a 2 track EP that is available as a cassette (yes, they still make those apparently) & t-shirt package. Clocking in at roughly 18-minutes together, these two songs obviously are pretty lengthy, not something that's uncommon in the doom metal genre. In this instance however, I'm not sure these songs are all the better with the added length. "On the Arrival of Man" meanders along, with some heavy riffs & psychedelic guitar solos popping up from time to time over which the yearning vocals float. It's a decent enough tune, but I'm not hearing anything special. The same can be said for "The Perfection of Wisdom", as layers of doomy, almost black metal styled guitar shards continually repeat the same repetitive patterns over and over, to the point where it all gets quite monotonous and by the 8-minute mark you are glad that it's over. The label Shadow Kingdom Records is obviously really high on this band, and I totally dig Hagen's other act High Priest of Saturn, but Sadhak just aren't doing it for me for some reason. These two tracks just kind of plod along and don't go anywhere, but hey, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and see if their melancholy doom style goes somewhere next time around. Cool cover though.
1) On the Arrival of Man (9:32)
2) The Perfection of Wisdom (8:35)