By James Olson
Paper Bag Records
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan are back with a vengeance after five years of relative silence. Toronto’s distinctively pan-cultural experimental music and performance collective have released their most ambitious, yet also their most cohesive, record yet with Dirt, an album conceived as the soundtrack to an unreleased 1987 anime with Buddhist and Iroquois influences. “Someplace” and “Dark Waters” set the stage in suitably dramatic fashion with charging prog rock rhythms and sweeping melodic passages. “The Decay” unfolds as the album’s true centerpiece, an operatic dreamscape lead by deliberate doom metal riffage and uplifting, airy vocals. Dirt is a phantasmagorical journey.