SAT NAM (sanskrit) ~ Truth is My Identity
Rock On Sat Nam is a concept album. The concept is peace.
The third full-length collection from Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe is an exquisitely crafted production that seamlessly melds Larisa Stow's force-of-nature vocal fireworks with powerful riffs, dramatic sonic crescendos, and progressive twists from her seasoned band. The first ever 'mantra rock' album in the world, Rock On Sat Nam was born of a desire to create a deeper rapport with a very special segment of their fan base: the men, women, and youth who reside in the jails, prisons, detention centers and halfway houses for whom the band has been performing through their Shakti Tribe Peace Outreach Program since 2007. Meticulously self-produced across two years, ROSN is an emotionally fresh and authentic, sonically beautiful collection of pop-rock songs and mantra chants that affirm divinity and take us on a joyous and intense magic carpet ride. The slamming centerpiece "Rock On Sat Nam" combines def poetry and symphonic rock with an urgent call for community and cooperation. Edgy pop grooves and slicing riffs drive the rollercoaster lead track "Whatcha Gonna Do?" in which Larisa wryly but insistently invites all of humanity to join the party and celebrate our Oneness. The haunting "You See Me" begins as love song to the divine and builds to a stunning 'halellujah' climax. The sweetly gorgeous paean to unconditional love "Guru Life" will stick in your ears - and your heart - long after the album ends.
While the songs performed in English call us forth to 'be the change we wish to see in the world', the four tracks that feature Sanskrit mantra are presented as powerful vehicles for personal transformation, to deepen our inner connection and wholeness. The churning Who-like explosiveness of "Kalikayei" cuts away what no longer serves, creating space for greater freedom. The gentle journey of "Saraswati" inspires greater creativity and intelligence. The loose gospel-flavored "Om Namah Shivaya" mantra purifies by the fire of love. And finally closing the album is the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" (behold the jewel within the lotus - or, behold the eternal divine self that lies within each of us) repeated 108 times meditatively in a swirl of aural lushness that transports the listener to celestial realms.