Witching Chronicles: Exploring The Iota’s Pentasomnia

IOTA’s “Pentasomnia” takes a deep dive into the classic sounds of psychedelic heavy rock, delivering an album that’s steeped in tradition yet brimming with its own unique charm. After a lengthy hiatus, the Salt Lake City trio returns with a record that pays homage to the genre’s roots while carving out its own place in the modern musical landscape.

From the opening notes of “The Intruder,” it’s clear that IOTA is comfortable in their sonic skin, effortlessly channeling the spirit of psych rock pioneers. With fuzzed-out guitars, pulsating basslines, and driving rhythms, they create a sound that’s both familiar and timeless, transporting listeners to a bygone era of free love and mind-expanding journeys.

While “Pentasomnia” may not be pushing the boundaries of the genre, it excels in its ability to capture the essence of classic psychedelic rock and infuse it with a fresh energy and vitality.

At the forefront of it all is Joey Toscano’s impassioned vocals, which soar and swoop with a raw, emotive power that’s impossible to ignore. His lyrics, filled with imagery and introspection, add depth and nuance to the music, inviting listeners to lose themselves in the journey.

In a musical landscape cluttered with imitation and innovation, IOTA stands out as a beacon of authenticity, staying true to the roots of psychedelic heavy rock while forging their own path forward. “Pentasomnia” is a testament to the enduring power of the genre, proving that sometimes the most powerful music is the kind that’s rooted in tradition.

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Released by Small Stone Recordings on March 22nd, 2024

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