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SIENA ROOT

Heavy Prog • Sweden


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Siena Root biography
Formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1997

Siena Root is a group and an experimental project with its roots in analogue old school rock music. The foundation is a trio from Stockholm that's been around since the late '90s. The sound is classic but yet original, founded on heavy organ, strat leads, bass riffing and big drums. It is also often enriched with bluesy soulful vocals, indian classical instruments and psychedelic vibes.

In the sense that blues is blue, hard rock is black, and reggae is pan African coloured, this music has the colour of siena. It is a warm, earthy colour, originally from the muddy roots of Toscana. Because this sound has roots that go deep, it was also natural to let root be a part of the bands name.

Four full lenght albums and one 7" single have been released so far, each one marking the development and refinement of the bands diverse style. Through touring the music has developed in such a way, that jamming and improvising has become an essential element, always keeping you on the edge of your seat. A Siena Root concert is dramatic and exciting, visually, as well as emotionally. It's a dynamic rootrock experience.

Through the years, all these fine musicians have performed with the band, on stage or in the studio:
Anna Myrsten - Vocals
Anna Sandberg - Wind instruments
Anurag Choudhari - Bansuri
Cecilia Ringkvist - Vocals
Erik "Erkan" Lundin - Flute & Guitar
Janet Jones Simmonds - Vocals
Jonas Myrenberg -Mandolin
Jonas "Joe Nash" Åhlen - Vocals
Krister "Lappen" Karlsson - Harmonica
Martin Budiskovschi - Monocord
Martin Linder - Guitar
Martin Stensson -Violin
Maxi Dread - Guitar & Vocals
Mikaela Samuelsson - Vocals
Oskar Lundström - Vocals & Organ
Sanya - Vocals
Sartez Faraj - Vocals & Guitar
Stian Grimstad - Sitar
Tia Marklund - Vocals & Guitar
Tängman - Hurdy Gurdy

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4.11 | 37 ratings
A New Day Dawning
2003
4.08 | 40 ratings
Kaleidoscope
2006
4.14 | 38 ratings
Far From the Sun
2008
3.81 | 41 ratings
Different Realities
2009
3.96 | 40 ratings
Pioneers
2014
3.79 | 57 ratings
A Dream Of Lasting Peace
2017
3.11 | 16 ratings
The Secret of Our Time
2020

SIENA ROOT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.16 | 19 ratings
Root Jam
2011

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SIENA ROOT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 3 ratings
Mountain Songs
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Conveniently Blind
2013

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 A Dream Of Lasting Peace by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.79 | 57 ratings

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A Dream Of Lasting Peace
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars After the celebrated "Pioneers" from 2014, the Swedish root rockers hit the ground running with new the album "A Dream Of Lasting Peace". Mixture of robust riffs, virtuoso solos, wonderful organ sounds, driving rhythms and new singer Samuel Björö, really contributed to a new vision of the band. Don't get me wrong, the band still delivers bombastic sounds from classical times, but quite frequent changes in the band line-up had a positive effect in the way that each of the members brought something special and different to the sound and the way of composing. Of course, only analog equipment was used and only the final transfer was digitized.

We get to hear bone-dry riffs, throbbing drums, extroverted, charismatic vocals, great hooklines and clasic heavy organ. The album is varied, diverse and handmade root rock, that has its musical roots deep in the seventies. It fearures Jazzy moments (in the instrumental "Imaginarium"), touches of psychedelia in the drifting bluesy jam ("The Piper Won't Let You Stay"), as well as epic hymns ("The Echoes Unfold") - the last piece on the record. With the crisp rocker "Outlander" and with the foot on the gas pedal with "Growing Underground" with a wonderfully crazy middle section, they haven't forgotten the progressive moments.

This album in terms of sound still represents the "classic" style of the band, but it also represents a huge step forward in terms of experimentation and in my opinion it is the best release of the band.

 Pioneers by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 40 ratings

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Pioneers
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

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.

 Kaleidoscope by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.08 | 40 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars By reviving the sentimental classic sound and incorporating components of various musical genres in their compositions, Siena Root's productions give the recipient a lot of positive emotions, resurrection of the classic with such intelligence, love and devotion. Music is conquered by heavy organ, guitar virtuoso, bass riffs and the sounds of heavily developed drums, but also enriched with bluesy, soulful vocals, Indian instruments and psychedelic pulsations.

Short, threatening rumble from the off, the percussionist sets the beat and thump, the band grooves in a style that has been a kind of trademark for Siena Root since the first album. As a result, guitarist and organist impressively show a fantastic work, and a riff that fantastically opens the album. From the first tones delivered on this album the band shows strength and justifies all the fame and praise they got with the first album.

This piece gives the music of Siena Root a completely new and different note and, in my opinion, makes it even more unmistakable in all musical quotations, and it is a masterful implementation of the musical vision created by this band.

Tempo change, a great arc of tension, pure atmosphere, differently distorted guitar sound and a wonderfully soulful and surprisingly expressive blues game in between, makes music so alive and emotional.

Psychedelia is everywhere, Indian folklore, heavy blues, a little bit of extensions, a little shorter hard-rockers, a bit grabbing the classical listener by the heart with Hammond, a toner weight and the spirit of the 70's is hovering over the whole, but despite the implementation in the vintage fashion, the final effect sounds incredibly fresh and it kicks the backside without any mercy.

 The Secret of Our Time by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.11 | 16 ratings

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The Secret of Our Time
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Sienna Root is definitely one of the coolest bands around. From the 2003 album A New Day Dawning to their stellar A Dream Of Lasting Peace they delivered fantastic organ driven heavy prog. Their last effort The Secret of Our Time released in 2020, at first listen for me was not the best thing that they have done, but after a few listens I came around and I must say I really dig this album. It still has that Sienna Root feel, but this time we got two female vocalists. The first song on the album is a real rocker, lead vocalist Zubaid Solid sings her heart out and gives strength and dynamic not just to this song but throughout the entire album. The Secret of Our Time is filled with classic hard prog rock with elements of blues, great riffs that just take you on a ride back to the 70's but with a modern feel.
 The Secret of Our Time by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.11 | 16 ratings

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The Secret of Our Time
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by ssmarcus

2 stars You've heard the story before: a group of continental Europeans, overly nostalgic for that Anglo-American psychedelic and hard rock sound of the late 60's through early 70's, form a band and relentlessly pursue that highest form of flattery that is imitation. And boy do Siena Root excel at such flattery. On The Secret of Our Time, Siena have crafted an album nearly indifferentiable from Deep Purple's In Rock save for having swapped the rock god shrills of Ian Gillian for a female lead.

The artistic and entertainment value of successfully replicating something so nostalgic is not lost on me. I'm certain that fans of Siena of Root who have had the privilege of seeing their live shows or various equipment and production afficionados can afford themselves more affection towards this record. But for the rest of us who, despite holding no small amount of affection for that time period in music, would like to see music introduce novelty and progression, this record has little to offer.

 The Secret of Our Time by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.11 | 16 ratings

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The Secret of Our Time
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Since more than 15 years now SIENA ROOT from Sweden are standing for a blend of heavy rock and psychedelic with a strong prog affinity, this presented in a rather retrospective outfit. Bassist Sam Riffer und Love Forsberg (drums) are building the band's driving force during recent years. Well, I can say this album does not differ from the common orientation again. On this occasion they have added two female vocalists Zubaida Solid and Lisa Lystam to the fold. Soundwise rather resemblant both are serving a gentle atmosphere really. I solely have problems to distinguish between them. Also there is some indo/raga flair to state here and there, due to Stian Grimstad, who is guesting on the sitar.

And so the groovy Have No Fear appears to be my favourite song at the moment, very prog-ish, a lively bass, excellent organ and guitar interaction contributed by Erik Petersson and Matte Gustaffson. Well done! Nice vocals and playful instruments all around. Again the bluesy In Your Head shows some fine organ work later. A couple of compositions can convince me, some others like the opener Final Stand for example are serving a more mediocre impression. 'The Secret Of Our Time' does not reach for a sucker punch finally, nevertheless this is a proper retro rock album in any case.

 A New Day Dawning by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.11 | 37 ratings

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A New Day Dawning
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Siena Root's debut album is a big fat helping of retro-heavy psychedelic action. At points they become reminiscent of the classic early work of the likes of Uriah Heep or Deep Purple (Oskar Lundstr'm's organ work being key here), but never quite to the extent that they are outright ripping them off - more that in terms of their throwback sound you could imagine Siena Root sharing a stage with either band back in 1969-1970 or thereabouts. As the album progresses they tend towards longer and more intricate songs, demonstrating an adept mastery of the genre. Though it's over an hour long, it feels like it breezes by in a substantially shorter span of time - the sure sign of an album which hasn't wasted its time on filler.
 Pioneers by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 40 ratings

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Pioneers
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by Kingsnake

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.

 A Dream Of Lasting Peace by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.79 | 57 ratings

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A Dream Of Lasting Peace
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars I was surprised to find this band under Heavy Prog, I'd rather say this band plays psychedelic rock.

The band plays 70's influenced bluesy psychrock with lots of organ, bluesriffs and great vocals. The songs are short and full of hooks. Kind of sounds like Clutch, Kamchatka, Spiritual Beggars, Five Horse Johnson and the likes.

For the people who don't know those bands, here are some old bands they draw influence from: Cream, Blind Faith, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, etc.

Not really progressive rock, not at all, but bluesy stonerrock, which I find really great, but maybe not everybody's cup- of-tea, because it's rather straight forward.

 Far From the Sun by SIENA ROOT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 38 ratings

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Far From the Sun
Siena Root Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars From the cover art down to the musical content, Siena Root's Far From the Sun feels like an artifact from the psychedelic era they are out to recapture. We're talking the more hard-rocking side of West Coast psychedelia, as represented by the likes of The Doors or the harder moments of Jefferson Airplane or maybe just a hint of Vanilla Fudge or early Deep Purple. There are a few whiffs here and there of later psych-prog styles, but for the most part it's an excellent attempt to recapture the sound of a past era without cloning any specific band of that time.
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