Label: Paw Tracks Release date: 20/09/10 Link: Myspace Buy: Amazon When you name your band Prince Rama, a Hindu deity, and name your songs things like ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ (a Buddhist mantra) and ‘Satt Nam’ you are always going to attract intrigue and consign yourself to the genre of ‘experimental music’. This would instantly turn many away; however I would urge that not to be the case with Shadow Temple. In terms of sound, Prince Rama’s nearest contemporary would be someone like Pocahaunted, producing music that creates an almost visual haze. Indeed, the album as a whole almost feels like the story of a mystical warrior, as throughout the album the sound evolves and seems to take you through the journey of this warrior’s life. This inevitably forces comparisons with other concept bands, such as Coheed and Cambria; however, the difference with Prince Rama is that this Brooklyn-based trio have created a sound that is more than just music, and at the risk of sounding ridiculous, it does make you feel like you’re part of some ethereal world. From album opener ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ the listener is taken on a rollercoaster journey through this mystical world, progressing through the apocalyptic sounding ‘Thunderdrums’ and ‘Storm Worship’ (the latter of which has some very loud thunder and lightning that are startling to say the least) to the final track, ‘Raghupati’, where there is a strong sense that you are at a epic and climatic end to a long civil war between two mythical tribes. This is definitely one of those albums that needs to be listened to in full to get the full effect. The tracks on their own are not particularly outstanding and actually quite similar: there is generally one formula of pounding drums, effects and distortion in bountiful amounts with the addition of intertwining vocals that make up all eight tracks on this LP. It is only when you sit down and listen to it in one sitting that the subtle differences between the tracks start to come out and the album starts to make sense. Much recommended, if only for the experience of listening to the most visually stimulating music released in a while. Photobucket