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PIONEERS

Siena Root

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4 stars The musical world is rich and powerful and that is also a correct description of Siena Root's music. This is a Swedish hard rock band which aren't very progressive but still play in a progressive spirit or a psychedelic mood, without being psychedelic thankfully. "Pioneers" which is totally new is their fifth record and all their records has got very high (but few) ratings on this site. Especially their first "A new day dawning" from 2003 and their third "Far from the sun" from 2008. 2014 year's record follows a five year spectrum of now records. Their record has a lovely cover with a yellow landscape and the sillouettes of the five band-members heads in the background sky. Left from former line up is Love Forsberg, the band's drummer and Sam Riffer, the band's bassist. Otherwise the lead guitarist and organist KG West is gone as well as the lead vocalist Sartez Faraj. They are replaced by the keyboardist Erik Errka Petersson(who has played with my choir actually), the new vocalist Jonas ┼hlÚn and the guitarist Matte Gustafsson.

"Pioneers" is a record of very high standard music which will please folk who like the hard rock of the late sixties and early seventies. The music is straight and melodic, filled with heavy organ sound and a caressing hard rock vocal. The musicians themselves has beautiful beards and it's obvious they love what they are doing. The only shame is that they have chosen to sing in English, that makes their music less interesting. I compare with the Norwegian band H÷st which did a better choice. But still this music is lovely and very pleasurable. I think almost every track is similarily good but "In my kitchen" is absolutely the best(9/10), calmer and more atmospheric than the others. "Between the lines" and "Root rock pioneers" are two other songs I recommend(8/10). The record is extremely even so you won't find any bad or uninteresting tracks. This is specially a band and a record for fans of classical hard rock such as the late sixties' Deep Purple. This record is definitely at least a four star record. Recommended!

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Posted Thursday, November 6, 2014 | Review Permalink
4 stars Great psychedelic bluesy stonerrock from Sweden.

The music reminds of Clutch, Kamchatka, Greenleaf etc. They play old fashioned 70's rock reminiscent of Deep Purple, Humble Pie, Jim Hendrix, Uriah Heep, Cream, Blind Faith and throw in some southern rock-influences aswell (slideguitar).

Most of the songs are in your face rock, nothing really new or progressive. It just sounds great! The 9 minute long In My Kitchen is especially great. It reminds a bit of Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule, because of the lengthy Rhodes-solo. Haven't heard a rhodes solo for years. And after the rhodes-solo there's a slide-guitarsolo. This just doesn't get any better. I just wish it was summer.

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Posted Monday, February 5, 2018 | Review Permalink
4 stars The Stockholm heavy prog/blues conglomerate, consistently deliver quality sound for years. On this album the band brings eloquent, dynamic Heavy prog/ Hard rock style- good vibes and quick, uncomplicated rock music. The songwriting is less experimental than on some previous editions and tighter.

Whether it's the guitar / Hammond duels, the unique psychedelic atmosphere, or bluesy-doomy feel, you always have the impression that you are listening to music that is at least four decades old. But is this a bad thing, in my opinion it is not, presenting music in this way, definitely does not take away the creativity of the band. By successfully presenting all the elements mentioned, Siena Root, definitely brings a dose of uniqueness, it is important to say that the band at no time copies, but displays and pays homage to the styles that founded the powerful heavy sound.

"Pioneers" shows serenity and is still fresh within the given framework, they managed to merge various seventies influences into their own band sound. The musical twists and turns make sense, and unfold in a logical way. Siena Root are here to rock you, not impress you with fussy, progressive arrangements.

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Posted Monday, March 29, 2021 | Review Permalink

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