"This is a 12 song 60 minute thrill ride which takes you to the vortex of space and beyond."
I Saw The Deep are heavily influenced by Mastodon, TOOL, Baroness and The Mars Volta amongst others. Well these influences shine through on their brilliant and astonishing debut album – “Astronavigation”.
Imagine if all those brilliant bands started jamming together or release an album as a supergroup. Well Astronavigation would be the crazed result. This is jaw-dropping stuff.”
"A singularly entertaining listen"
…if you can hear in your mind something that mixes the heavy riffs of Mastodon, the trance-inducing vocals of Alice in Chains, the mysticism of The Tea Party and the psychedelic sensibilities of early Pink Floyd, you might be on the right track for describing I Saw the Deep. All of that combined in a tight sounding package that does not meander around aimlessly makes for a singularly entertaining listen for this reviewer.”
"..I Saw The Deep is incredibly inspiring."
For listeners who do not always want to stay within the walking paths of rock and metal and like to go on a musical journey into the seemingly impenetrable wilderness, I Saw The Deep is definitely recommended.”
"One man, one mission and one massive album"
The solo project of the of Aruban originating Darrel Lacle is distinct. Heavy rock singer / songwriter Darrell does everything alone. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is inspired by the mysticism and the dark side of the ocean. His music shows influences from bands like The Mars Volta, Led Zeppelin and Mastodon.
– Speaker Magazine (NL)
"A multi-dimensional record"
I Saw The Deep take us on a journey with their debut opus Astronavigation which they hope we won't soon forget. 'They' isn't really the right pronoun though as Darrell Laclé did all the work, including production and artwork. There is a lot to take in and the first door to the universe of this band is showed through the wicked cover of the album: it is as intricate and colourful as the music.
– Metal Storm (International)
Fat riffs and a really good production for a self-made album. 'Astronavigation' comes with a big spectrum of music styles...you have a lot of metal parts with progressive wings, deep and swampy doom parts mixed with a bit stoner. The nice ballads from master chief Darrell and the spooky parts makes the sound complete. "Map Of Piri Re'is, Of Death And Dying, Oneironaut and Astronavigation" are my favourite songs on this mighty album, enjoy it...because its good for you!
(8/10) – Stonerhead Let Groove Your Brains Tonight (AT)
"It's in the stars."
This is some pretty good sh*t. A bit trippy at times but heavy as f*ck throughout.
– A Distant Rumble (US)
“When diving into the dreams of a peacock we uncovered a higher life form."
I Saw The Deep keeps it real by effectively bearing a homage to 90's/earl 2000's prog acts like The Mars Volta and Tool without adhering to the mythic Clear Channel Checklist a band must embody to receive radio play in North America. Some parts even spark a fleeting nod to Led Zeppelin.
– Orlandooom (US)
"Nice fat spacey and convincing stoner-rock."
The music is rigged with all sorts of breaks, roaring riffs and grooves that keep alternating. It is in yr-face but delivers at the same time something fresh.
I Saw The Deep is obviously a band that knows what they want and bring this in their own wayward ways into effect.
– Popunie (NL)