|Enter The Sentai|
Travelling is a great and fun thing for me, but not when it's always on an airplane.
Let's face it, flying sucks. It's the greatest indignity that we force upon ourselves in the USA. It might not be so bad if the seats were a little bigger or if we could go to the bathroom when we need to rather than when we're allowed to.
It's nice being able to see out the window and seeing the changing of the landscapes though. One of my favorite hobbies on planes is to see if I can find sports stadiums...it's yet to happen properly though.
More fun than flying is the road trip. You pack up your car and stop at gas stations along the way. My personal solo record is St. Louis to Buffalo. It's a 12 hour drive. Instead of seeing the landscapes change as you pass above, they are experienced.
When we have the chance, we take smaller highways instead of the larger interstates. Naturally, this takes longer, but the local color is always worth it.
Pseudo/Sentai is a lot like travelling around the United States by car rather than by plane.
Getting on a plane in St. Louis to Atlanta takes barely any time at all and by the time you're comfortable in your seat, it's time to land. Patience is not required.
Enter The Sentai is a bit of a confusing record.
It takes some time to get into. By track four, if you've made it that far, you'll see that they are very much like manga. (They're a manga inspired band.) Though I'm a big fan of anime, manga has never been my thing overmuch.
Every time I read an article about a new book, it's like here's a group of rock singers that live in Tokyo, but on the weekends they're wizard crime fighters and did we mention that they're descended from clones of Einstein?!
There's crunch, there's a bit of Japanese metal, and there's some haunting vocals. All in all, it's as though time and space do no matter to our super hero friends.
Though I'm comparing this album to a road trip, it's more like traversing the multiverse listening to them. Time and space be damned.
They are not an easy band to listen to, but then, what is satisfying is rarely easy, is it not?
Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Truly Tarcon Records